I may be the only one to have this experience, but it goes like this.
During highschool and through the college years you are searching for your purpose.
I found myself asking the question: what do you want me to do with my life, God? Where do You want me to go?
Honestly, I thought it would be nice if God plopped something right in front of me.
I realize that I missed or didn’t pursue some obvious opportunities where I was at…because I was focused on searching for a specific career direction like everyone else, trying to follow the same path and thinking like the world.
Rather than do what was right in front of me, this paralysis crept up.
To the world, work, your spouse, the perfect house is everything.
And today, I realize that this leads to A. either spending your life trying to attain temporal things B. or feeling lost and unsure what to do.
To live life with that mindset is a path to nowhere.
But we follow Jesus. And to love people and bring Him glory is our eternal purpose.
He calls us to love people like He loved us.
“My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you.” -John 15:12
It’s literally that simple.
So let’s just go DO IT!
Francis Chan wrote in Crazy Love about how we worry about our actions for God – we say we are waiting for Him to tell us what to do. Whether that’s a job, school, etc. But when it comes to watching television or playing video games or doing other self serving things…do we stop to ask God if that’s what we should do?
We just do what we want to do.
That impacted me because I know I’ve been at points where I was asking God to show me where to go – and then wasting plenty of time on myself that I could have used to go out and love people.
Don’t mistake my heart. I’m not questioning waiting on the Lord for direction and calling – being obedient, humbling ourselves, surrendering our plans to what He would have us do. He directs us in quiet times, in prayer, through His Word.
That MUST be our priority.
I guess my point is this: there’s so much to do – so many people who need someone to step into their life and show Jesus to them.
There’s literally so many needs in the world that it’s silly for us to be paralyzed.
- Maybe it’s running a charity that gives things away.
- Maybe it’s operating a business that creates and produces things that help people.
- Maybe it’s working inside government to limit the state and allow people to be free and so that people can prosper and fulfill their potential.
Whatever it is, people in our own neighborhoods, 1,000 miles away, all the way across the world, need to know Jesus and the ways to share Him are endless.
We don’t need to be frozen – or just do whatever we feel like – we MUST commit our plans to God and follow His leading.
I’m just challenged to love the people in front of me, dream big dreams, and give Him everything.
Got some comments or thoughts? I’d love to hear them!