Hello! How’s everyone doing this fine January? It’s already been a busy start to the year with a trip that my family and I took together. It was lots of fun, but I’m satisfied with not traveling for a while. Even with the start of school and the end of my writing break, it’s good to be at home and at a–slower pace…..sort of.
This year brings in some large transitions and a big decision. However, right now, I’m waiting and praying for God’s guidance as I try to figure out which path I’m taking this year. Many times it’s difficult to know what we’re supposed to do as we look ahead.
As we’re on such a topic, let’s dive in.
Praying and Seeking
If you’re anything like me, you might have wondered what exactly you’re supposed to do. What is God going to do with my life? What does He want me to do? What exactly is my purpose that He’s got planned?
When I was younger, I wondered what my purpose was–a lot. I asked questions like, “what am I supposed to do?”, “What do You want me to do?”, “Jesus, please tell me what my purpose is.” I asked many times, always questioning where I was going, what I needed to do, and always looking ahead. I ended up addressing questions like these in a previous article which you can read here.
However, this article’s focus travels a different path.
In this period of life, as young adults, we have a lot of questions about what’s coming up. Many times, we don’t know what our purpose is yet. There can be so many options, different paths to take. Which one is the right one? Which path are we meant to take?
Seeking the will of God as we look to the future is always a wise move. The future is important, however, continuously looking ahead can come with some drawbacks.
For example, I recall thinking that I had to get through school, blah, blah, and become an adult, and then somewhere in the future, God would show me what my purpose was. Then, that’s when life would really begin.
Did you catch that?
The Lord always has a plan for our future, for where we’re heading. So, I kept praying and agonizing over my yet-to-come purpose.
God’s purpose is not exclusive to the future. Sometimes, as young Christians, I think we can start thinking of His purpose as something far off into the future–particularly when we feel like we don’t have a purpose right now.
But this isn’t true.
I’m not saying that your only purpose is the one you have right now. God has intentions for each of us, throughout our lives. His use for us is not a limited, one time opportunity. As long as we listen and are willing, He will always use us, present and future.
In the light of this, going to school, work, helping, and/or being involved in church among others things may seem like merely like normal parts of life. However, sometimes, being faithful and doing our best in our current work or school, or growing more Christ-like, are just what He wants us to do.
Instead of exclusively looking forward, we need to take a good look at our present life–our present purpose.
As we look to the future plans God has for us, let us not forget that we have a purpose now. He is calling us to be faithful, to work hard in whatever we do, and to grow. Sometimes, we can become blind to what is in front of us.
Remember, Christ will use us. He has created us with a purpose in mind, but we may need to stop and see what he has placed in front of us, right now.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
Let us be alert for God’s instruction and His will.
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches (1 Corin. 7:17).
Also, remember that in whatever we do for Him in obedience and in calling, we should glorify and honor Him.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corin. 10:31).
Would you agree/disagree? Do you often wonder what your purpose is going to be? Do you feel like God is silent about the future? If so, you may want to look and see if God has already purposed you for something. If you looked now, would you be able to identify something in the present that the Lord is calling you too?