What I have learned Sitting in my Parents Basement

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

This is the view you would get if you walked into my “office” and you were color blind. I have spent the last three months of my life sitting in that chair at that computer, “working.” You might laugh at that last statement, working. But honestly I have been working more than I ever have.
A typical day for me starts around 8 o’clock with a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee. After reading my Bible and doing my devotion out of Solo, I surf the internet for about an hour or two. Around 11 or so is when my day can take several different paths, either I created graphics/logos, work on the blogs, or search the internet for resources.
This is what I do all day….and I love it.

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me what my dream job would be, honestly I had no clue how to answer that question. For the past two weeks that question has haunted me like a Miley Cyrus song, I don’t want to think about it, but it keeps popping up in my head. For the last month I have been looking for a job. I have had several opportunities present themselves to me, but for some reason I just don’t get excited about them. I am like most 23 year old’s, I have no clue what I want to do with my life.

22818478-94096530721bcee01b26c099d53aaa6c.4a825863-fullAs I was hangin with my buddy (pictured on the left) I realized something…I am doing my dream job right now. Sitting in my parents basement is my dream job. No, not because I don’t have to go to work, but because it gives me the opportunity to do what I do best, share. My dream job is sharing resources, thoughts, ideas, conversations, and any other thing you can think sharing has to do with, except for food.
“How can this be my dream job when it is not even a job?” Great question, my Mom asked the same thing. I can only answer this question with another question, How Can It Not? Why can’t I do what I feel God has created me to do? I am sure that there are other talents that I have that I use daily, but I feel that God has placed it in my heart to help others. I care deeply about the church, about my friends, and about the ones that do not know the grace of the cross. I have always had the idea that I cannot reach the whole world, but I can influence five people that can influence five more people and so on. One way that I feel like I am taking part in the spreading of the gospel is through sharing with others things that I feel will help them in their ministry and life.

I don’t know exactly what this looks like. I know that I cannot sit in my parents basement for the rest of my life. But, I know that I will always be sharing with someone. Some might call it mavening, some might call it annoying, I call it a way of life.

My next step is to find a place where I can be someone who shares. A role that I dreamed up today is someone that works at a church as the resource adviser. Being responsible to give out resources to the staff, the church, and the community. Having conversations with the Music minister about why Chris Tomlin is lame (thats not sharing, that’s common sense), talking with the creative arts director about a great site for free textures, or talking to the community pastor about a book he/she should check out, these are just some of the things that I see myself doing. To make up for what looks like a lack of work, I would also be on the creative arts team helping with graphics, web 2.0, and services on Sunday.

This might sound pretty far fetched, but one of the biggest trends right now inside church world is coaching. I think this is in some form coaching. I don’t claim to have it all figured out or be the expert on anything. I feel like I am able to help people find what they are looking for, and if I don’t know what they are looking for, finding someone that does.

That’s my dream, you can either Shatter my Dream or help me Dream a little more.
What do you think? Pretty Crazy Idea? Any Possibilities?
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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville