How old were you when you realized what you were meant to do or who you were meant to be?
I was 21 when it happened, but it took years before I figured out it was OK to embrace that part of me. Society does a great job teaching us its expectations for who we should be according to American standards. Sometimes, it feels as if the people in charge (parents, teachers, politicians, etc.) provide a guideline on how to put us together. Too often, the results produce a desire to “keep up with the Joneses” or place people where poor instructions breed mediocrity. Both make you wonder if there is a reason why you’re here—or, if perhaps, you’re where you are by accident.
Sometimes, you’re where you are because it’s what you chose. But sometimes, you just haven’t discovered (or been taught) the life-giving answer yet.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said, “You have to start with the truth that you have been put here on purpose. You’re not an accident.” This concept isn’t always easy to accept. I heard those words for a long time, but I didn’t always listen to the message. It’s different for everyone, depending on where you are or where you were in life when the call came through.
If you’re living out your purpose, then congratulations! I genuinely mean that. But if you’re reading this, and you’re finding it hard to see your place in God’s masterpiece, then I urge you to keep seeking him.
You are uniquely designed, which means you don’t fit the mold meant for someone else. In the movie Finding Forrester, the character Jamal is ready to take a path toward becoming his true self with the help of a mentor. Jamal asks his mentor, William Forrester, what it feels like to write something that influenced so many. Forrester said, “Perhaps one day you’ll find out.” The response was powerful because Forrester understood what it meant to achieve his purpose.
Take time to determine yours!
Have you moved toward a life of purpose? Do you encourage others to find what they are meant to do? What’s stopping you from doing both?
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Day 17 Focus – To Express My Faith in God’s Ability (Jeremiah 32:17)
Dear God, nothing is too hard for you! Through your great power, all things are possible. All authority is yours, all might is yours, and I know that your victory will be complete. You are amazing, and I worship you. I glorify you for your power and presence in my life. You are my God, and you are worthy of all praise. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp. Jaron is a storyteller and a professional ghostwriter who enjoys using his gifts to write for the LivingItOut. When he’s not developing fictional worlds, researching, and writing, Jaron enjoys watching sports, participating in family game night, and spending time with his wife and four kids.
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