Hi y’all. I’ve had this word on my heart a lot lately…grateful! If you’ve been reading and following me, then you know some of what I’ve gone through to become an RN. It wasn’t an easy journey, but it was worth every struggle I endured.
A Gift Of Serving
You see, I recently began my job as an RN. And I often find myself asking, “is it really a job if it’s something you absolutely love doing and find joy in during every single shift?!?!” It doesn’t feel like work at all. Is it busy, ABSOLUTELY! I’m pretty much non-stop and on my feet from the moment I leave the house until I get home. Then I continue going until I crawl into bed. It’s over 13 hours on my feet, but I’m not complaining one bit. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s incredibly rewarding. I GET to serve others. That’s an honor I don’t take lightly.
I get to come alongside other people on some of the worst, hardest, and most vulnerable times in their lives. I get to listen to them, help them, and truly serve them. Sometimes it’s hard for them to accept the help and or even ask or share with me what they are feeling and that’s ok. Sometimes you can tell they are angry, but I know they aren’t angry at me, they are angry with the situation. No one wants to be in a hospital bed, being waited on, needing help with going to the bathroom, changing their clothes, being fed, etc… That’s never part of anyone’s plan. I never take anything said or done personal. I can’t say that I wouldn’t feel the same way. But here’s the thing, because I look at things in that mindset, because I pray to my father every morning that He work in and through me and that when people look at me they see Him; I see people’s attitudes, words, etc… change during my shifts. I’ve had grown men cry as I tell them it’s a been a pleasure taking care of them, that I wish them the very best. I’ve had a sweet old woman tell me I was an angel and a light to the very dark place she had been sitting in. I’ve had families thank me for the care I gave their family member as they were nearing death and passing during my shift. I’ve had conversations upon conversations that I will never forget. My friends, I’ve been given a gift to serve people, that’s not something I take lightly.
Living the Dream
I leave every single one of my shifts with a smile, tears in my eyes, a heart that is overflowing, and just being in awe that this is my life. I am an RN and I will never take those initials for granted. God truly blessed me and I’m so grateful that He picked me for this role. I will continue to obey Him and follow down the paths that He guides me on. He has given me a gift and I treasure it with all my heart.
Remember, we are each given a gift. I pray that you have found what yours is and that you are living it out fully. And if you haven’t figured out the Gift that God has given you yet, I pray that He makes it very clear for you to see. Whatever it may be, it shouldn’t feel like a job, but you should find joy and happiness in it. If you haven’t found that, don’t give up, it’s out there. Much love and blessings! ~ B
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)