Confessions of a Doer

Here’s a confession before confessions: I don’t always get people.

I spent years trying and it’s exhausting. I’ve come to learn that if I can appreciate people rather than analyze them, life is so much more beautiful. I don’t have to understand you to enjoy life with you. I want to be the type of person who is safe to be around: you be you and I’ll be me. God made all types of people: talkers, thinkers, feelers and doers. I wish I had a glimpse into every type of person and how they process and what they value, but since I don’t, I’ll give you a picture into what I am familiar with. Hands down, I’m a doer. I love doing things, I love watching God do things and I love allowing God to do things in me. Either way, my heart bends towards results. I don’t like things to just be good. I live for better and thrive on best.

If you’re a doer, you’ll completely get this. If you’re not one, maybe this will shed some light on those around you who are.

  1. We don’t want to be recognized for our accomplishments. Although we find our fuel in achieving and enjoy celebrating the “wins” in life, we prefer to be appreciated for who we are, not what we do. If we’re constantly affirmed by our accomplishments, we don’t really feel affirmed at all.
  2. We enjoy work. It’s fun, exciting and we could work on things constantly when we see results. However, we need to be stopped, forced to take a break and relax. We might not appreciate it at first, but we will after the fact.
  3. We work hard and play hard. Why stop working unless it’s going to be worth it? We are all in, all the time; so when we step away from doing what needs to be done, we like to do what keeps our adrenaline pumping. New places, new faces, new adventures draw us in like a deer to a headlight. “If we’re going to do it, let’s do it right,” must have been stated by a doer.
  4. We don’t like doing things unless we know we can do them well. That doesn’t mean we won’t do them, it just means we prefer not to. Because doers tend to be labeled by their “work,” it’s important that they excel in what they do. If I’m really honest here (and here goes nothing), we prefer to master our crafts and then do them well.
  5. We are never fully satisfied. The status quo won’t do. There is always another way, a better way and it’s a blessing and a curse that we see it- everywhere we go.
  6. There are no excuses. Ever. Not for ourselves and not for the ones we love the most. Doers have the gift of seeing the best in people, they see their potential even when others don’t, but what doers do not have is the gift of mercy. We are often guilty of wanting the results and forgetting about the process.
  7. We live in a world of action.We are fast moving, fast talking, risk takers who will break our necks to get it done. “To Do” lists excite us because checking things off feels so good. We adore projects and never-been-done undertakings and because of that, we generally bite off more than we can chew. We need those people in our lives that will speak reality into the part of our brain that says, “I can do that!”
  8. We LOVE change- almost to a fault. We believe we can change the world (and why not everything in it while we’re at it)! We get very bored with the mundane and can easily become discontent. This is why every doer needs a good dose of the Holy Spirit in our day, to keep us on track.
  9. Noting is hypothetical.We dream with the intent to do, or we don’t dream it at all.
  10. If we feel like what we’re doing isn’t bringing value, we’d rather do something that is. Doers put forth a lot of effort, not to mention we do things with our whole heart, so we need to hear that what we are doing is bringing forth something productive. We are results driven. We enjoy analyzing what’s working and what’s not, however, negative feedback (presented negatively) or no feedback is crippling.

This journey of being a doer has taught me so much about the Lord. I have learned that what I do is simply a product of who I am. I could accomplish nothing in my lifetime and it doesn’t change Gods love for me. He is much more concerned with my heart than what I do and do not accomplish. If we attempt to move into action before we move into a relationship with Him, our effort is in vain. God doesn’t call us to do things for him, He calls us to do things through Him; to be the person He created us to be. He calls us sons and daughters. He calls us friends. He entrusts us to carry gifts, strengths and passions, to use them and use them well. We are to work in such a way that we aren’t seen, but He is. Here’s the kicker for all you doers out there, the thing that God has etched in my brain: The work is ours, but the results are His. God works when we do.