The First Question

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The first question that I typically get when I encounter someone for the first time is “what do you do for a living?” At first glance, it appears to be an easy question but it actually riddles me more than most any other. It really isn’t that I don’t know what I do, rather I don’t know what I do that I would want to define myself as “living” for. By occupation I am a Real Estate Broker/ Realtor at Re/Max. I love that I get to help people find homes.  In the last few months alone I have been blessed with being able to find first homes for a handful of newlyweds. To hundreds who have grown up in Des Moines, I am Coach Tony. It could have been the easy ones like all of the speed skaters, hockey players or derby players I coached at the rinks or it might be where I had to stretch my skills a bit and I coached them in soccer, basketball or my current gig as a high school football coach. To many people in Des Moines I will always be that little rink kid who skated before he could walk. I spent a good part of my life living in a skating rink that my parents owned.  Do I introduce myself as a speed skater? The majority of those days are long behind me but as an Iowa kid who at one point conquered the world, many people still like to remember me as that hero. How about roller derby player? Currently I play for the top roller derby team on the planet. I have also been named one of the captains for Team USA Men’s Roller Derby at the 2014 World Cup in England. Should I say husband?  I did celebrate another anniversary this past year to my wife Cassandra. She might say I get a 7 out of 10 score but that is still a C which is passing.  As a father of five kids, no one would argue if I introduced myself as a dad but being a donor is the easy part. Because they still like giving me hugs and kisses or holding my hand I think I could qualify.

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As 2013 comes to an end we are blessed with a brand new calendar. The new year will be ready with a bunch of new opportunities, adventures and challenges. My biggest challenge will be to try and better define my answer as to what I do for living. You see, although I graduated many years ago, I also could still be defined as a student. And in this instance, my daughter Rachel the child-teacher posed a stinging question to me which she had heard and loved.  She asked  “Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?” (Leonard Ravenhill ).

Tony Muse

December 2013

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