All In a Day’s Life
By Ben Kulpa, NFC Family Member
I love my job. If you don’t know what I do, let me explain. I basically get paid to have good conversations with bright college students. Life is good. College students are a great source of encouragement and hope. I live and share life with college students because I believe in their great potential toward changing the world. My job really revolves around helping college students combine what they learn in the classroom with what they believe. Making these connections was one of the most formative things that ever happened to me, and it was largely due to the people who were part of my life while I was in college.
How does what we believe shape what we do? Most college students (and I suspect most of us) find it difficult to identify what they believe and not just how they spend their time. Here are some examples. I ask an elementary education major what it looks like to be a Christian teacher. The typical response: they are extra nice to the children or they don’t participate in the gossip around the water cooler. I ask a business major what it looks like to be a Christian professional. The typical response: “Well, it probably means I shouldn’t rip anyone off.” These things are important, yes, but they do not by themselves tell the whole story.
Lately, I have started asking the question, “How does who you are matter to the kingdom?” The question I used to ask focused more on what we do, which is the easy part. My revised question goes more to who we are. Again they are both important questions, but we rarely, if ever, get asked the second. So why does this question matter? By answering it we understand God and ourselves better. I believe we are all created as image bearers. God made us and made us in his image. There is nothing we can do to fully rid ourselves of God’s imprint on our lives. Therefore, understanding who we are allows us to see what part of God we reflect, and that is beautiful.
So I would pose this question to you as well. Let’s assume we have all been made in the image of God and that because of this we are drawn toward certain callings in life: stay-at-home parent, accountant, teacher, pastor…. How does how we are made/who we are matter to the kingdom? What role does your being a nurse/lawyer/administrator play in ushering in the kingdom? How does your story help others understand their own role in the world? Regardless of our station in life, what does it mean to see others and ourselves through the eyes of the creator? We matter. Others matter.
These are the conversations I get to have every day of my life—and I love it. This is why who I am matters to the kingdom. I am a question asker and a story teller/collector. I tell and I listen. I am curious about who people are and who they are yet to become, regardless of age. I am a teacher/guide. Who are you?