“What do you do?”
This question should be banned from all party small talk. I can never answer it adequately, and I always feel like I’ve left the most important part out of the discussion.
The intent of this question is to find common ground with a person about which one knows little. Fair enough. Unfortunately, the short answer to “What do you do?” immediately classifies and categorizes a person intellectually, economically and socially based on occupation. We learn a lot about a person by knowing what he or she does for least eight hours a day, but hopefully we don’t stop there.
What we do with our lives cannot possibly be fully communicated by a title, profession, or job description, but that’s usually the only answer we’ve got.
Let’s take a more holistic look at what we do for approximately sixteen hours each day.
If you were to keep a log of each minute you spend each day, what would it reveal? Be honest. I did that once, and found it very illuminating. It helped me to treat every day as a valuable resource to be invested wisely. I watched far less television after that little exercise!
Someday, we will all answer for what we did with our days. God pays attention to everything we do.
Moses is not known as a Hebrew raised and educated as the adopted Egyptian son of Pharaoh, impressive as that might be, but as the leader of the infant nation of Israel.
David was a shepherd, a musician, a warrior and the greatest king of Israel. God remembered him as the man after His own heart.
Paul is remembered as the most prominent and prolific apostle of the first century, not as a Pharisee or a tent-maker.
Jesus isn’t identified by his carpentry, although it must have been magnificent, but by his teaching, his miracles, and most importantly by his saving sacrifice on a rough wooden cross followed by his resurrection from the dead.
None of these characters are remembered solely for their profession. Their value in God’s sight was far greater.
Someday, God will ask us this question: What did you do? I hope you will answer with more than an occupation.
What is your answer to that question?