Have you ever been in a situation where you just really wished you could get a do over? A chance to start again or walk away completely? I just started reading the book Do Over by Jon Acuff today (and by reading I mean listening to the audio version). From word one I was hooked. The book is really about looking at a career/job do over and not settling. Thankfully I have already taken step one by walking away from a job I knew was not right for me. However, I haven’t quite made it to step two of actually doing the thing I walked away from my job to do: write and speak. So Do Over is a timely read (rather listen).
Acuff talks about a Career Savings Account, and that there are four key investments as part of this savings account (I can’t possibly represent his work properly, only my observations and personal understanding… so I strongly recommend getting a copy for yourself). Those four investments are:
Add the first three together and multiply them by some hustle and you have this awesome Career Savings Account. The question is: what does my savings account look like? As I continued to listen all of sudden my headphones died (oh yeah, I was walking as I was “reading,” and boy do I get bummed when I forget to charge things). I still had two miles to go and was left with only my thoughts to occupy my time. I decided to check in with God, and I am so glad I did.
Everything I am, everything I have is because of Him. That includes everything that is in my Career Savings Account. Early on I learned the value of relationships and treating people well and with kindness. This was modeled for me by my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Thanks be to the Lord for blessing me with an incredible family who could show me the value of treating people well and honoring and respecting relationships. It has served me beautifully over the years and I know it will continue to do so in the years to come.
I’ve got mad skills (I just cracked myself up)! Some things are natural gifts from God, but other things I have learned over the years, honed, developed. The bottom line is, ANY skill I have is because of Him. He placed me in jobs where I could learn. He put people in my life who could show me how to plan events, run board meetings, write marketing plans, oversee projects, how to serve. No doubt God used many people along the way to help equip me, but in the end it was all Him. He is the Master of all.
Character brought me to tears today. Why? Because I immediately started to think about the character of Christ. Oh how I long to be just like Him! No one will ever come close to being like Christ (except maybe Mother Teresa did), but everyone has a chance to try (and trying is succeeding!). Because I have Christ in my life, I have a wealth of character examples to draw from. I know what it means, and looks like, to love people, to stay true to your word, to honor differences, to be honest, to forgive and even to admit when I am wrong.
I think hustle is a personal thing and you either have it or you don’t (I haven’t gotten to that part of the book yet so Mr. Acuff may completely disagree). Not like you either have blue eyes or you don’t, but more like you either have the motivation to hustle or you don’t. Once again I found myself praising God for my family. Both the Kelsey clan (mom’s side of the family) and the Richardson clan (dad’s side) have incredible work ethics (aka hustle). No one ever shies away from doing the work, making the hard decisions, putting in the hours, the list goes on. My sister and I are extremely blessed that we didn’t fall far from either tree and understand what it means to work hard and show up.
Can you tell that I got pumped up about my future today, about my Do Over? I am most excited about the investments in my Career Savings Account, which are all secured and managed by God and God alone.
Before I wrap this up, let me type one more thing. I believe I serve a God who honors “do overs”. He never gives up on us and He will always bring about “do overs” in our lives if we earnestly seek Him. Now that’s something to really think about.
DISCLAIMER: In no way is anything I have written today endorsed or supported by Jon Acuff or his team. This is simply my reaction to things I have read (heard) from his book Do Over. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Mr. Acuff and his work, and I absolutely take no credit for any of his concept’s shared in this post. I just think he is awesome. Thank you.