Posted by: kathryngraves | July 26, 2017


It’s been said that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I always used to wonder if that was really true. Lately, I’ve found that this statement is both true and not true.

I have a friend who is a pond and water feature architect. The size and scale of his projects is astounding. Back-breaking labor is required to carve his designs into the ground, lay the stonework, and plant the greenery and flowers that bring his works of art to life. But he seems to love it.

Writing is not labor-intensive in the physical sense, although sitting long hours in a chair in front of my keyboard is hard on my body. The most difficult part of writing for me is brain drain. When I “come up for air” after a day of pouring my thoughts out, I’m exhausted. But it is my God-given passion and I wouldn’t trade this occupation for any other.

My friend Janet is a pastel artist. She says working at her easel is both exhilarating and exhausting because of the emotional energy she expends while painting. She says she can’t imagine doing anything else because she feels God has called her to be an artist.

Another friend is a nurse. She believes God placed the desire in her heart to help those who are sick. She loves her job. She would even describe it as her passion.

What is your passion? Do you work at it for a living? If not, are you able to block out time for it in your schedule at least once a week? I call this “mental health” time.


Just before framing.

Photo: Janet Aiken





  1. I work at a Children’s home and care for 6-8 boys. Some days it can be physical draining but also can be emotionally draining. Yes there are days when I think about doing something else but when I hear appreciative words or get a hug or even hear from young man who have graduated the program , it is so worth it and I know I am right where God wants me to be.

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