Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Changing Roles!

I've been thinking lately about how much my life has changed over the last couple of years. And it has caused me to reflect back on how we as women are always changing the roles we lead in life . . . we are a Girl, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Girlfriend, Woman, Fiance, Co-worker, Wife, Aunt, Mother, Grandmother, this list is endless!

In my little niche of the world, For the last 20+ years, I've been a Pastor's Wife. Working in the Church, Teaching Classes of all ages, Working Camps, Leading Groups, Organizing & Running Events, another endless list. But this too has changed. During all this time I was an At Home Mom, raising my kids while doing all the above.

But as my kids got older, I was ready for something different. So, I went back to work in a part time job. That soon put me on a Career path. And I now find myself working full time in management. I Love my Job! But it did change things, both at home & at Church. When I'm not working, I'm with my family. They always have been my priority! That's one thing that hasn't changed. The Laundry though, is never done. (oh well, I'll never cry over that one!)

I am still part of on line groups of Pastor's Wives, but I kinda feel like a fraud. Because though I am still technically a "Pastor's Wife," I'm not really working in that role much anymore. I don't have time to teach classes, lead groups or organize & run events. (I don't even have time to just attend many of those events!) If I make it to a service each week, I'm happy!

If someone would have told me a few years ago this would be my life, I don't think I would have believed them. It's so different. Yet both are rewarding & fulfilling! And it's funny how they both seem to fit me. I wouldn't have thought I would be a Career Woman, yet here I am. Just the other day at work a customer I was helping told me I had helped her once before during Christmas time when the store was extremely hectic, she said "I've taught Customer Service to corporations for years, and I just wanted to tell you, you are good at it!" I thanked her & continued to help her find what she needed, but later as I thought about it, It dawned on me that maybe it comes naturally to me because of my "former life." I mean if you work with people in one area, you probably can in another, right?

Weather it's in the Church world, the Corporate world, or at Home, people are people. They just want someone to listen to them. Some things are universal. I am a people person, and where ever I am, I guess it works for me. I miss some aspects of being at home full time & of working more in the Church, but I'm really enjoying working. Maybe some day that will change again. But there's an old saying:
This is me, just trying to Bloom wherever God sees fit to put me!

What roles are you playing at this time in your life?


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Anonymous said...

So true, Star. You couldn't have said it better. So many roles... and in all of them, God equips us. You will always be a shining example to me in all that you do! I love you!

Star Forbis said...

Thanks Darci, and you are an example to me as well. You are raising Great kids & now going back to school full time for nursing! You Rock! Love & Miss ya tons!