For the teens seniors about to graduate high school next spring, for the college students trying to navigate their majors, for the 20 somethings asking the question - when and how do I start??, for the Mom's who aren't sure of their daily impact, for the empty nesters asking a similar question of the 20 somethings - WHAT NOW?
Its common. Purpose - is a life driver. So it's okay to ask, depending on what season of life you are in, every year, every 10 years, or more. For those of you wondering, I'm in the journey with you.
Here's just a little encouragement for you. I just attended a women's retreat with my church and was so inspired by the speakers (2 ladies living out their calling!), and the fellowship of WOMEN! There was good conversation, a few tears, and lots of laughter - the perfect recipe for inspiration.
So, I've come back with a little perspective.
A Quick summary of my post high years
- 4 Years of Ministry & Training
After Graduating I went the Teen Mania Ministries to do a leadership Internship and then became a staff member, directing and counseling young women.
- 1 Year in India
After leaving Teen Mania I got prepared to spend an entire year in the beloved country of India. I observed, I learned, I fell in love! (Spent time with and Anti-Trafficking Org & the Poorest of the Poor at Mother Teresa's Institution).
- 1 Year & Going at Home
After being away for 5 years from my family and a community of people very near and dear to my heart, my main goal was to spend time here. I also have been learning everything I can about homemaking, and have had the wonderful opportunity to develop my business skills while working at my Aunt's Fabric Store.
All of the above were goals of mine - Although I only planned to be at Teen Mania for one year and then go to India directly after that and a slew of other things happened that I could have never EVER planned myself in the past 6 years - I feel absolutely honored and privileged and amazed at GOD and how BIG his plans are for my life.
Still, I find myself here - wondering. Wondering again - Am I where I'm supposed to be? Scared - Will I let my life go to waste? Isn't that funny? If you look at the list above you would think "She has the least reason to be worried," but I guarantee that you don't either. That is just our little human heart - You can relate can't you?
Take a Moment - Think over the ways that God has orchestrated your life in the past 5-10 years or longer and see how many blessings you have to count. I encourage you to write them down and share them with a friend. If you feel like you don't have many (and before you answer - Children are a blessing, family is a blessing, peace and joy are a blessing, knowing Christ is a blessing, and trials are also a blessing )- Ask yourself if you have been open to God's leading.
- Listened (Don't over-complicate this, God won't make it hard to hear, the hard part is the next step).
- WAITED - this can be inserted before or after anyone of these steps ;))
- LOVE - Take the opportunity and don't miss it to love the people around you, and love them well, really well.
- SERVE - Serve, serve, serve. Yes - It is in fact, one of the most fulfilling things you can ever dedicate your time to. (Remember - 'Wait'resses serve)
- KNOW GOD - This is our ultimate purpose in life - higher than any other. Know Jesus - as a friend, a Father, and Lord - know Him deeper, and better, and more - continuously.
Any life fulfilling these three things is purposeful - I guarantee it - because it is in accordance with God's heart.
This is a great time of year to write down your goals for the next year. Pray first, write them down and share them with a friend. If you're serious about starting your dream I encourage you to meet with a friend or small group periodically to update and encourage each other on the progress of these goals. Create a plan now.
I am challenged in this waiting season (and whatever season you are in) to live to the fullest - FULL of joy - Overflowing with love - Full of JESUS!
If you feel like you need a word on your current purpose in life - ask a friend! Or please feel free to write me (firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook) - I would love to pray for you and see what God says.