Hindsight is twenty-twenty.
As a ten year old, I couldn’t wait to be a teenager.
When I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait to be twenty-something.
In my twenties, I thought life would be better in my thirties.
In my thirties, I found myself wondering what better actually meant.
In my forties and beyond, I’d realized that all of my life had gems.
Looking back on your life can give you the gift of perspective.
Significantly so when considering the goodness of God in your life.
If you’ve ever experienced God’s presence in a difficult season or witnessed the evidence of God’s grace in your life, then you know what I’m talking about.
It’s difficult to understand the importance of calling without tracing the fingerprints of God. Sometimes, you simply need to look back to see where you’ve already been.
When you look back, you experience a shift in your perspective. You will see who God has already been to you. You will remember how He has always provided for you. You will have a better view of the thread of the plan for your life drawn throughout the years gone by.
What if your calling involves you learning to be like God who loves you so well?
Let me explain.
If God is actively with you, providing for you and planning for your good, what if your purpose as His child lies in your doing the same?
Your calling connects with God’s glory not only for your personal good, but also the good others.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us.”
When Jesus, the Son of God, walked this earth, He prioritized the interests of others. Even though His purpose involved living a perfect life, dying a painful death, then being resurrected with all power in His hands, Jesus prioritized people.
The Savior exemplified Philippians 2:4 when it says, “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Each and every one of us has a gift that can bless others, and “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
What stirs your soul and ignites passion within you? That passion should ultimately glorify God and benefit the life of those who surround you.
The intentions of God for you will not stop short of thoughtful consideration for others in your circle of influence. He has absolutely written into the plan and purpose of your life the service others in His name.
As you seek to understand and live out the purpose of God for your life, there is no doubt that God will use the work assigned to you to make a grave impact in the life of others.
That, my friend, is the beauty of God’s calling.
Your purpose will always focus on the person of Jesus Christ, the greater story that God is writing for mankind, the hidden acts of obedience, and the service of others.
Instead of being stressed or overwhelmed with a focus on finding your calling, focus on the Lord who is the author and finisher of your faith.
When you seek Him first and His kingdom, all goods He has planned and purposed for you will follow.
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