You Are NOT “just”

Ivor Swartz
Jun 20, 2019 · 2 min read

Many people, when you ask them what they do, respond with “oh, I’m ‘just’ a *fill in the blank*:

  • “I’m just a teacher”
  • “I’m just an accountant”
  • “I’m just a pastor”
  • “I’m just a mom”

Because someone, somewhere, made us believe there’s certain professions to which the word ‘just’ MUST precede whatever they do. And certain professions or callings are exempt from that.

It’s a lie.

Don’t buy into it.

You’re not ‘just’ a mom.

You are a mom.


We have reduced those who shape the minds and hearts of the great to ‘just’. We gave them the ‘just’ title because their work doesn’t seem to produce something tangible- according to our standards. Yet, without their soft whispers of belief; their resilient support and courage; their comfort and discipline, few of us would know what the fearless pursuit of greatness feels like.

My hope is that you remove the word ‘just’ from the equation when you talk about your work. It might lead you to a more courageous way of living out the work you have been given.

As it says in Galatians 6:4–5 in The Message: Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

grace & peace to you.

i v o r

Ivor Swartz

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Youth pastor. Music festival-goer. Street Food-eater. Story-teller. Speaker at churches. Future food-truck owner. husband. trial and error human.

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