Cultivate a Fruitful Life

 

Reconnecting with your God-given creativity will help you discover your unique calling in life, they write. Everyone is creative, and God intends for each person to use their creativity in whatever field they find themselves, contributing their talents to the world. But often, it takes awhile to see the fruit of your efforts – especially when you’re just starting out in your career, your marriage and other important areas of life. 

 

It’s helpful to remember that God wants to develop your faithfulness before He increases your fruitfulness, Dunham says. “According to Luke 16:10, ‘He who is faithful with very little will be faithful will much.’ … Supposed ‘fruitless chores’ can be tremendous growth opportunities if we remember that God is working on our character in the midst of them.” 

 

God uses everything in your life to shape you as a person, says Serven. “God uses the little things in your life to develop who you are and who you will become. You are becoming that person now. You must take seriously your commitments, your disciplines, your passions, your sins, your spheres now or else you will be as equally unconcerned and unreflective later.”

 

Develop Habits for a Lifetime

 

Spiritual disciplines like daily prayer and Bible reading will go a long way toward helping your life bear fruit, say Serven and Dunham. Dunham explains, “Frankly, in our 20s is when we have the best shot of establishing spiritual disciplines because (and most twenty-somethings can’t believe this until later because they think they’re so busy) we usually have the most time and least amount of distraction in our lives because we may not be married or have kids yet. A friend of mine says that if you choose to be about the Scriptures in the 20s – studying them, memorizing them, learning to handle them – you can minister with greater capacity for the rest of your life.”

 

Participate in Community

 

Too often, the authors write, “TwentySomeones” skip around from place to place, avoiding commitments to their relationships, jobs, churches and other aspects of their lives. “It’s easy in our 20s to play around with the idea of commitments and community and not really take them seriously, but time eventually brings us to a point of decision as to whether or not we’re going to choose to mature,” Dunham says. “I know people 30, 40, even 50 years old who still act like they’re 21 because they’ve never stuck with anyone in their lives, whether it was a spouse, kids, friends, or a church. It’s sad, because they have – or at least I imagine they must have – all these questions of ‘now what?’ and ‘with whom?’”

 

God wants people to invest in the places where He has set them, says Serven. “God created us to need community. We are not just individuals; we are a people joined together by family, church and living life together. We may live in the woods of Montana or in downtown Boston, but we’re in this together.”