You Do Your Job, and I’ll Do Mine

…the poets are at their windows

because it is their job for which

they are paid nothing every Friday afternoon.

“Monday” by Billy Collins

When my teacher friends found out I was quitting my job to write, they left their classrooms in droves to come and congratulate me.  I think we all have a bit of vicarious wanderlust in us: a love of new jobs, new marriages, new babies, new cities, new experiences of all kinds.

“Oh, I am so excited that you get to write!  What a luxury!” someone gushed.

This rubbed me a tiny bit wrong.  Don’t misunderstand; I am incredibly grateful to the Lord (and my husband) for nudging me off this ledge.  However, “Don’t get too excited.  I still have bills to pay,” I said.

“No, don’t think that way!” my friend replied.  “Just do your art for art’s sake.”

I have to reconcile myself with this issue, daily: I don’t want to sell out.  But I am married to a teacher, and we have two kids.  This is the reality of many artists.

Here’s where I’ve landed: my job is to diligently write and persistently market my work.  All the rest — whether I get published, whether I get paid — is God’s job.

This seems like a fair division of labor.  I am sure the poets at their windows understand perfectly.


6 thoughts on “You Do Your Job, and I’ll Do Mine

  1. I agree. Give it your all and let God do the rest. That’s my plan. God’s waiting for me to do my part. Good thing he’s patient. My late sister, however, is not. She wants her last request carried out already.


  2. I am so delighted to finally get on your website. I know God has great plans for you as write Dawn. So blessed to are able to dream your dream. Lovingly Marilyn


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