I remember a professor on the first day of class in law school saying, “The Law is a jealous mistress.” I was 31 years old, married and had two children. I remember saying consciously to myself at the time, “No, it won’t be a jealous mistress for me!” Little did I know to what extent the law would mold me as a person!
Being a lawyer, though, doesn’t define me as a person. Frankly, if I hadn’t had the experience I described above, I might have been more susceptible to the influence my career would have over me. Without thinking about it, I might have conformed myself to the identity of a lawyer without even making a conscious decision about it.
For many of us, our primary identity is the career we have chosen or find ourselves working in. As adults, we spend more waking hours with our co-workers than we do with our own families. It becomes part of the fabric of who we see ourselves to be as humans, and it can become our dominant identity.
Following are the stories of people from all kinds of different careers and work experiences. The common denominator is the journey from career as primary identity to a new identity – one that is identified by a relationship with the Author and Creator of life.