Two days ago I wrote about the idea that we all must learn to love what we do until we can do what we love. The idea behind it was that God calls us to do the work we find ourselves in with excellence and contentment until such time that we find ourselves doing work that energizes us and that we love. Today, we are going to hear from a friend of mine who has had a chance to experience this transition. Her own spiritual journey with God shaped her understanding of who she is and who God is and the unique relationship they share with one another. Her perspective of work allowed her to work with excellence and diligence. As a result, when the time came, she was able to seize the opportunity created by her circumstances to do what she loved doing after learning how to love what she did. This is her story.
GOD AND I
My name is Kim McDonald. I’m 29 years old and grew up in a little beach town in So Cal called Hermosa Beach. I moved up to the San Jose area for college all on my own without knowing anyone, it was awesomely scary!! I have been married to a wonderful man of God for a little over a year now and we are enjoying the adventure that is marriage!! Even though right now I can confidently say that I love Jesus and love my life with Him in it, I haven’t always been able to say that. I grew up Catholic following my mom around to church every Sunday and attending a Monday evening bible study with my best friend at the time (we totally goofed off and didn’t pay attention). My mom and I were super close (I told her everything, including all my friends secrets, which they weren’t too pleased about lol) but unfortunately after fighting against ovarian cancer for 7-8 years, she lost the battle when I was almost 15 years old. My view of God immediately changed from someone I thought was all knowing, great and powerful to a hateful, selfish and in-compassionate jerk with whom I had no problem telling all of those things to. I stopped going to church and almost took an attitude of “I refuse to go.” These feelings towards God continued throughout high school and college without ever really trying to seek out answers.
“I just assumed God hated me and so I hated him right back.”
It wasn’t until I met my current husband that God worked magic on my heart. My husband (who I was friends with at the time) began challenging me and asking me questions no one had ever asked me since I was 15. It began to confuse and frustrate me but I was curious nonetheless. It took about 4 months of asking questions and not hearing what I wanted to hear to finally tell my sweetheart that I was ready to go to church again. I WAS FREAKING OUT the first day I went to Westgate! But, a crazy thing happened…..the ONE day I decided to go, that very first day back to church since my mom passed away do you know what the message was about and what video they played??? The story of the prodigal son!!! I mean, REALLY!?! Does it get ANY more obvious than that!?! Of course, I was immediately overcome with emotions and I cried right there on the spot, like open the floodgates there’s no holding this back. It was absolutely crazy!! I then knew that I had been missing this, a relationship with Christ, this entire time!!! From that moment on my walk with God has changed my heart and I know my journey is never ending and I love that I continue to learn something new every single day!!
WORK AND I
So, my current job, if I can even call it that because I’m doing what I love, is a personal trainer, or as my boss calls us “exercise specialist” (I like that name because it sounds fancy :)) However, I haven’t always been a personal trainer. My college degree is a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Kinesiology. I worked at a Medical Device company called, Intuitive Surgical for 3 years before God intervened and made it VERY VERY clear I was no longer to be an engineer. And by very clear I mean, I was put in a tough spot at my job and didn’t know what to do, so I prayed about it. It was decided that I was going to try my absolute hardest at work and if I still lost my job then God intended for it to be that way. Well, I lost my job and when I was applying for new jobs they ALWAYS took the internal candidate over me AND I had absolutely no desire to even try to find a job. I was almost dreading an interview that went well!! So, after running into a college friend who is currently a trainer at Google, I started thinking….whoa, what if I completely uprooted my whole life and went in a totally different direction??? Is this what God wants? Is this what He’s been trying to tell me to do!?!? Let’s just say doors were opened WAY wide and next thing I know I have a rockin’ job at an incredible health club and I’m a certified personal trainer through NASM!!
FROM LEARNING TO LOVE WHAT I DO TO DOING WHAT I LOVE
Now, you’re probably thinking “why the heck would you leave engineering to become a trainer? You were probably making bank before and trainers make no money!!” Well, I’m not going to lie, I did think about that, BUT I knew that money isn’t everything and my heart has always been with the field of fitness/nutrition/health. So, here I am and let me tell you, not a day goes by where I do not LOVE my job and I have never regretted making the switch. I absolutely love teaching others about fitness and health and how to improve their lives by making smart and healthy choices on a daily basis. It makes me giddy watching my clients become more confident and happy with who they are and feel more comfortable in their own skin!! I am overjoyed when I get to help someone who had a serious pain or injury work through it until they are living with no pain at all!!! The fact that I get to wake up every day and call this a job is an incredible blessing that I never saw coming!!