Posted by: chrisdavis | October 7, 2012

“What Would You Do?”

Please take a look at this:



  1. “What do I desire?” I will have my 16yo & 18yo watch this, and I’ll point out that often those desires are put there by God. I very much appreciate the message that money is not the goal. It is simply a tool, one of many which can be used to help you fulfill your dreams and God’s plan for your life.

  2. Hm. The basic point of the video has some merit but you need to temper it with, “Is somebody willing to pay you to do that?”; i.e. is it a marketable skill? Also, if it requires training, will you get a return on your investment? We have a friend we can use as an example. He got a degree in Philosophy and went on to a” lucrative” career in white water rafting. He spent money on a degree, boarding, and travel for four years, but nobody needs Philosophers, so his return on his investment was zero. So he entered the career market in the hole. He then pursued his passion of rafting and was able to work summers guiding people down the river, but of course that’s seasonal work so I guess his other passion was bumming off people. 🙂

    With other interests, there are people willing to pay for those but only if you’re really good. So in the mean time you need to be able to meet basic living requirements like shelter, food, clothing.

    The biggest reality of the latest recession was that a lot of people with no formal skills went unemployed for a long time, including college graduates. You can say money is no object, but if you want to pursue a life outside your career, friends, family, vacations, eating, then money most definitely IS an object.

    • Dear Jerzy: Your point is well-taken given the premise from which you come. But, I think you miss the premise I have been trying to make all these years. It is that God puts within each of us the very giftings & callings He desires us to manifest during our lives (to bring Him glory) and most parents don’t even consider this reality (for obvious reasons, institutional schools cannot consider this reality). But, for those parents who desire to discover these inherent giftings/callings, they can then give the child the time & resources to become proficient in these highly specific areas. Then, the individual can go out into the world and do what God has created him/her to do. The obvious question, then, is “So, where does the means to live come from?” That is taken care of in Jesus’ promise that whoever seeks first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness will have those things provided by his/her Father. Either this is true or it is just fancy words. My experience has definitely proven this promise to be more sufficient than any “marketable skills”.

  3. It has taken me awhile to get back to this, but I wanted to say that my kids watched and we discussed. We think it’s important to ask what does God want us to do, then pursue those things wholeheartedly. As you just commented, Chris, God puts the giftings within us, along with the desire to do those things, and then provides the “living”.

    My children are both opting out of the typical college route. My son will be studying gunsmithing and small engine repair, but he won’t be limiting himself to grubbing for a living with these skills. He’ll be involved in missions and singing/playing guitar with his family, for example. We don’t expect our daughter to need a “career” because we believe she will be a stay-at-home wife/mother, so we are making sure she learns a wide range of skills. Don’t misunderstand – she isn’t a meek, mousy type of girl. Fencing is her major passion (yes, with swords), and she also loves shooting, both guns and archery. She also sings and plays fiddle with our family band.

    So we have purposely provided for our children to pursue their passions and taught them to consciously seek God’s will for their lives.

    • Dear Ladykyria: Loved your post! When we were just beginning homeschooling in the early ’80’s, we had friends whose kids were about 8 & 10. The parents had decided they wanted their kids to go to college eventually, but they also felt there would not be enough money to send them. So, the parents looked long and hard to find the most unused scholarship among all those available and they discovered it was for fencing. So, for several years, their 2 children took fencing lessons. The older child (daughter) so loved fencing that she was asked to join the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team and she became an alternate at the Olympic games in Atlanta. One of the team members broke her ankle but refused to step down from her position and our friend’s daughter never had her Olympic change. However, within a year, this girl had beaten everyone who had won a medal in Atlanta and became the top -ranked fencer in the world. As I recall, she didn’t have the chance to go to college while she was practicing and being coached (in Romania, as I remember). Just thought your daughter would have some fun with that story. CD

  4. Great story! I’ll tell her. Her coach will probably know who it is. He’s very prominent in the fencing world, which is surprising, since he’s in little ol’ Shreveport, LA. 😉 Btw, my son started fencing too, but decided it took too much time and money from his real passion, which is music. So we’re proud of him for recognizing that. My daughter did go to the Junior Olympics in fencing this past February!

    • You will have to keep me informed about how your children do with their passions. I’m interested… CD

      • I will definitely try to do that, Chris!

  5. I don’t know if this is possible, but I wonder if ladykyria would view this again and be able to share with me where her son is going to study gunsmithing. My son would like to do this also. He is SO knowledgeable about guns and very skilled in shooting them.

    • Hi, Cindy! We will probably go with American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI). It was recommended by a policeman friend who is a gunsmith.

      And Chris, my daughter is going to the fencing J.O.’s again this year!

      • Absolutely first rate and codpbr-eottomep, gentlemen!

  6. How awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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