A question runs through my head… One I already know the answer to, and yet it never seems far from the surface. Does my life have a purpose? Did God put me here with a plan in mind, or am I just here to bide my time?
Even though I already know the answer to this question, at times I have to remind myself of the answer. Because the answer gives me hope. It keeps me focused on what is truly important – without it I find myself sinking into self-pity and just plain blah-ness. Whenever I find myself questioning God’s plan for my life here is where I turn:
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. – Jeremiah 29:11
Not only does God have a plan for our life, but it’s a good plan. A plan that far exceeds anything we can come up with on our own. I know this to be true because God has already taken me far beyond what I had planned for my own small existence. Little did I know that you don’t have to be incredibly smart or talented to be used of Him, you just have to be willing to be used. This verse in 1 Corinthians couldn’t have said it better:
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:27
When we do things in our own strength we tend to give ourselves all the glory. (I know this of myself anyway). But when we are taken out of our comfort zone and asked to do something that exceeds what we are capable of on our own, then God can step-in and do the work through us. And He gets the glory! Sometimes I think all God is waiting for is for us to put aside our do-it-ourself mentality, and just be willing to be used of Him.
When God created us not only did He create us with a specific purpose in mind, but He even thought to equip us with everything needed to get the job done! For me this is good news! Because it takes a lot of pressure off of trying to be someone I am not. If I find that I’m not good at something, it no longer makes me feel inferior or not good enough. I just know that this isn’t an area where God has graced me, and that’s okay. If God has something for me to accomplish, then I know by His grace I will accomplish it. I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to do it, only that I know He wouldn’t ask me to do something He hasn’t already equipped me to do.
The One who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it!
– 1 Thessalonians 5:24