Although I’ve over-complicated it at times, I’ve enjoyed the journey. Somewhere between “I’ve got this” to “Do I really know what I’m doing?” I’ve figured out that finding purpose in your journey can be quite simple. Much of finding purpose or discovering your calling is about deciding to lean into what God has put right in front of you to do.
Let me show you what I mean.
Being a gatherer of women is my calling. How do I know this? Because in my 20s, I wrote a few words in my planner about what I saw in my future. I wrote that I wanted to be a woman of character and intentionality. I wanted to teach other women about how to live their lives well. I wanted to share the practical wisdom that has been passed on to me by others and to create a space for women to live out their God-given purpose in community. Ultimately, I wanted to help women get unstuck as they ask the question, “What is God calling me to do?”
Millennials and Gen Z might say, “I understood the assignment.”
I haven’t always understood my assignment. Many times, I questioned if I had any assignment at all! If you are like me, at times you may have done the same. Trust me when I say I know the feeling.
I know what it is to feel lost.
I also know what it is to feel called to something that seems way too hard, much too big or totally too challenging. There are times I’ve felt like giving up because trying to be faithful to what God put in my path was just too complicated. I’ve grappled with the reality of the commitment and hard decisions my purpose and calling would require of me.
And here’s what I know deeply at this point in my life…
Jesus is interested in me operating in my calling and purpose. Why? Because my calling will always yield the overflow of God’s glory. And God’s glory will always create space for my good and the good of others.
So, what does that mean for you?
Calling involves—no, it requires—that you continually check in with God on the directions He has for you EACH day. Staying connected to God is how you get connected to your calling.
I realize that life has the tendency of getting in the way. Depending on the circumstance, we can be tempted to live on the fringes of our lives, longing for what we think should be, instead of leaning into what actually is. It can be easy to disconnect from your desires, disconnect from God’s Word or disconnect from your feeling of closeness to God altogether.
But here’s what I know: It’s the practical and available things that will lead to purpose and calling.
Enjoying coffee with friends.
Serving your community and relationships.
Honoring your God-given talents and personalities.
Being consistent in prayer and acting in obedience to God’s Word.
And simply showing up and understanding that everything isn’t up to you.
Embracing the winding paths, in and out of discovering the connections you should make in life, the dreams you should pursue, the experiences you desire to have, how things will come together and the legacy you will leave is what leads to calling.
God is good because He is the author and finisher of your faith. He provides the script. He is powerful and has the capacity to write a magnificent storyline for your life. All you have to do is to choose to agree with what God has already put in you and in front of you!
As you consistently show up for your life, ask God to help order your steps and your soul in concert with His plans. Show up with actions that keep you in alignment with His Word.
God can be trusted so simply trust and obey.
Then watch God unfold the beautiful masterpiece of your purpose and calling.
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