He Said-She Said: What Is My Destiny?
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The Lord has given each one of us a gift (or gifts). We were created for a purpose (or purposes) throughout our life. Our occupation does not dictate who we are; it is only the position or place that allows us to use our gift for His purpose. To not know what we should be is not being aware of what the Lord has created us for.
Oswald Chambers says:
“If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to ’the heavenly vision’ is to give our utmost for His highest—our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when we make a determination to continually remember God’s vision.”
In whatever position or occupation we are in (glamorous or not), we should be working as if we are doing it unto the Lord. Sure, it’s difficult to think that the Lord really cares if you’re answering phones, pushing papers, packing boxes or wiping counters, but He does.
Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
— Colossians 3:23
Through the process of what we do, He will direct us in the way that we should go. Sometimes during the process, we discover something we should not be (or don’t enjoy) doing. Sometimes we discover things that we didn’t know we were capable of doing. Sometimes we find something we absolutely love doing and were created for.
Oswald Chambers continues to say:
“If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod. However, if you allow God to plant you, you will ‘bear much fruit’.”
Spend time with the Lord; ask Him to show you His ‘heavenly vision’ for your life; don’t write something off before trying it; do all as you are doing it unto the Lord himself.
Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life
SHE SAID: First of all, take heart for you are not alone. And secondly, keep this in mind: God is sovereign. Amen?
Now, if it’s any consolation to you, I’m well past 30 and am still wondering about my destiny and what I want to be when I “grow up.” And I would venture to guess that there are readers of all ages (20, 30, 40, 50 and up) who feel exactly the same way, too.
Sometimes, we can get stuck in the numbers (Really, what is age in God’s eyes and in his plans for us?) in response to worldly standards and expectations vs. God’s. And then sometimes, we can get caught in the web of other believers’ expectations which may or may not be in line with what God wants for us (this can be even trickier and harder to tell the difference).
With the recent onslaught of books designed to steer you toward discovering your purpose and your destiny (both inside and outside of the Christian publishing industry), I think a lot of us can quickly become concerned if our lives aren’t all clearly mapped out for us after filling out a short questionnaire or completing a multi-week, self-discovery program.
These resources are practical, helpful aids, but I think there is a tendency for readers (myself included) to look at them as THE definitive source for how our lives should look. "If I read this book, then I'll instantly know what I'm supposed to do with my life!" Oh, if it were only that easy.
Discovering God's plans for our lives is an ongoing process. So I suggest first consulting with the No. 1 best-selling, Christian living guidebook of all time: the Bible. In His Word, God tells us that he has specifically chosen us (1 Peter 2:9), and has called us to a different way of living (Colossians 3:12-14). We are given the broad brush strokes as to how we should interact with our fellow man and our Maker (Matthew 22:37-39). But when it comes to the finer lines, there can be a bit of fuzziness. God doesn’t fully map out our destinies in the pages of his Word. No, he leaves in the mystery, so that we will trust him and in his understanding for our lives.
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