"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." -Ecclesiastes 3:1
"The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out."-Proverbs 20:5
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11
"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Being in your twenties is weird because some of your friends are getting married and having kids, some are waking up in random places from drinking too much the night before, some are working their butts off at their career job, and some are pulling all nighters to maintain a good GPA. But the one mutual thing I've noticed about everyone is that we all are still trying to figure it out...what we want out of life, where we're supposed to be and what we're supposed to be doing.
It's perfectly normal to question what your purpose is when we see other people around us doing different things and question if we're falling behind. An important thing we need to realize is that God has given you your own clock and you are on your own time. Stop comparing your timing of success and failure with someone else's. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but to put it into some perspective, they could die way before you so maybe God had to give them clarity and success "early" as a head start. Maybe you have that extra time to figure it out for a bit longer and learn more.
The best way that I've found to decrease that self doubt and confusion about what your purpose is, is that believe in what God's purpose for you is. Asking God what that purpose is, is actually good because that means He is drawing you and working with you and wants you to follow Him. Your assignments are already laid out for you, so don't wait for them to come to you. Go push yourself to discover them. Ephesians 2 says we are Gods workmanship. He literally created us to do good works. I don't mean just holding the door open for someone or a small favor. A good work is pleasing, pleasant and honorable in God's sight. It's when you're patient, when you choose joy and peace, a mother serving children and a husband going to work to support his family. When a bad situation comes up, you get to choose which good work to do and how to respond. But we become miserable and think "God, why?". He put that DNA in us to be able to push through and let the good work, work in you. Romans 12:2 says to not let Evil defeat you, but defeat Evil with good works. Through all those works, God is working in you. Don't look at this as your Christian duty or to expect to be rewarded. You're made to do good works and those good works are making you. They're building your character, morality, and value. They're helping you become more obedient and obedience will trigger blessings from God.
One thing won't make your calling. It's an every day exercise that will lead you to open doors to places of influence and opportunities. He won't give you something that you will fail at or open a door that you aren't ready for. "For where God guides, he provides." You have to work through the good things to produce something good. Life will start seeming pretty simple and you'll ask God where is the big thing, but you'll realize these good works you went through already, got you the good things you have because it formed you into who you are. Anything good will take time. Take the telephone as an example. It started off as a cool idea on the wall, but if Alexander saw it today being carried around in our pockets and what all it could do, he would be amazed. It started as a simple invention and ended up accomplishing great things and continuing to do more. Our simple good works will accomplish great things in the future, so when you ask God what you need to do, he is walking you into it by your good works and will fulfill.
My challenge for you today:
Stop waiting for the perfect "sign" or opportunity to show up. Start actively looking for that "sign" from God and make your opportunities happen.
Dear God, please continue to remind me that you have a plan created just for me and help me not to compare my speed of "success" to others. Please open my eyes to the opportunities that can be easily over-looked and give me the courage to act on it. Amen.
Mharps love message of the day
Spread a little love today, kid.