“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but by lack of meaning and purpose.” -Viktor Frankl
What is my purpose? My calling?
What am I meant to do with my life?
Isn’t there more?
It seems we’re all asking the same questions.
When we think of purpose, more often than not, we tend to mistake our purpose with what we do for a living and think that we are not fulfilling our calling. We climb the ladder of achievement and success only to find out we are still lost. Deep down we feel that there must be something more. That it’s really not about us. The thing is, it’s not about how many diplomas we have, what kind of house we live in, the car we drive, the job we have, or how many people follow us on social media.
Our calling is to love God and love others, no matter where we are or what we do for a living. There is no difference in the “what”, but there is a difference in the “how”.
It doesn’t matter if we’re a student, if we work in fast food or retail, if we’re unemployed, or we own a company. How are we sharing the love of Jesus in the every day? How are we making an impact where we are? No matter who crosses our path, no one is there by accident.
You may be saying to yourself right now, “I don’t even like what I’m doing or where I’m at in life! This can’t be it!”. I am not saying to settle for where you are at in life. What I am saying is to just trust in the Lord and His plans for you. Sometimes we are just in a season of preparation for our specific calling.
Recently I picked up yet another book (shocker) while wandering around Barnes and Noble (#MyKryptonite). I had seen it being posted on my Instagram feed by others who had read it. All with an endless supply of praiseworthy captions. The book is “You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are” by Rebekah Lyons. With a title like that, who wouldn’t be curious? Opening it up, I skimmed the introduction and I knew I had to have it. God is not a god of coincidence. Little did I know that she had written an entire chapter on being called by God.
“Calling is where our talents and burdens collide. Our talents are our birthright gifts, the gifts that make our hearts sing, come alive. Our burdens are found in our stories, in what breaks our hearts.”
So now it’s time to ask yourself:
What are my talents?
What makes me come alive?
What is my story?
What breaks my heart?
What things come to mind as you read these questions? Write them down! Share them with a family member or a friend, or comment below! I’d love to hear what God has impressed upon your heart. We all have our individual callings, but community is the soil in which they are tended and grown.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, what’s been done to you, or what you’re going through now, nothing is wasted in the hands of God.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
His purpose is our purpose.