Recently, I attempted to count back to every single place that I’ve traveled to in the last three years. I’m sure more trips would have come to mind if I’d taken more time to reminisce, but in about 15 minutes I could recall trips to 7 cities within Texas, 8 states within the U.S., and even one trip outside the country!
I’m so thankful to have had so many opportunities to travel around, soaking in new sights and meeting new faces. And just to think – that’s only in the last 3 years! I suppose it’s impossible for me to really know how many more places I’ll get to discover in life, but I think it’s safe to say that the possibilities are endless!
I’d like to pose a question – would it be wise of me to completely stop my life in Texas because another one of my trips is on the horizon? Let’s say I was making a trip out to California next month, and in preparation I quit my job and took a hiatus from school so that I could completely focus on my weekend getaway. I’ll go ahead and tell you what you’d say – that I was crazy!! Why in the world would I stop taking care of my responsibilities in order to prepare for some short weekend trip?
Sometimes I feel like that’s exactly what we do. We’re so ready to move on towards the “next adventure” of our lives that we forget our duty where He’s placed us first.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. | Psalm 136:16
Every time I read this verse, I get chills! Isn’t is amazing to think that before you were even a tiny little thought in anyone’s mind, God had already planned your life out? When I consider this, it makes me realize that every single moment of my life has had and WILL continue to have worth. Nothing that I went through was without reason. No trial or pain or suffering that I endured went unnoticed, and neither did the joyful moments! He knew it all. And He planned it, very specifically, for ME!
I realized, with the help of Scripture, that I was given a purpose. That specific purpose you and I have been called to isn’t going to happen whenever the next season of our lives begins. It has already started!
Take a second and think about where you are right now in life. Don’t think about what you WILL be doing in 6 months or a year – where are you NOW?
Are you a mother? Have you been given responsibility over a group of believers? Are you a friend to someone who doesn’t have many others in their life? Are you one of the older youth members at church? Identify your place. Each of us has at least one and some of us have a bunch!
Now that you’ve identified your place, think about why you are there. What could God possibly want to do with you being in the exact position that you are seated in at this moment? Take some time to pray about it if you’re unsure! Think of how you can honor the same God who planned your life and has been taking care of you from the get-go. How, with your life, can you say thanks?
Now, you know your position. You understand your purpose. Go DO it. Don’t journal about it or just talk about it. Get yourself actively involved. Create a plan of action and move forward with it, prayerfully and with the purpose of honoring God and the Gospel in mind!
Guys, we spend far too much time fantasizing about what our next stage of life is going to be like and how excited we are to get to that point. But God wants us to complete our purpose where He has placed us NOW, first. Only then will we learn and be prepared for what He’s got in store next.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. | Proverbs 19:21