God has a purpose for you.
When I was little, that purpose was on the forefront of my mind, but I often searched for it in the wrong places. I dreamed of what I would do when I grew up, who I would be, how I would change the world. When friends came over, we'd ask the same question. "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
And I had a lot of answers. At first, I wanted to be a mom with ninety-nine daughters and one son (poor guy, I know). Then my ideals matured to the idea of becoming a clown. Sadly, I was never funny, nor did I like being the center of attention. New dreams came and fell. I'd be a jockey riding in horse races. Or a missionary sharing the Gospel with cannibals in unknown lands.
But now I am a little older, and God has different plans for me. I know a portion of my calling - to share His overwhelming beauty through writing. In the future, I desire to raise a household of children for Him. It's a good purpose but not entirely complete.
There's a calling so much more important.
If you know your future purpose or not, it's really not a big deal. Because right now, right here, God has something bigger in store.
Before the creation of the world, He knew you (Jeremiah 1:5). He knew your fears, your weaknesses, the way you'd fail. And He has a perfect plan for you.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
We all want to know our future, and the Lord has it all planned out for us perfectly. But there's something more important.
Our calling is to call upon Him, go and pray to Him, and seek Him with all our heart.
No matter what job we have, what house we live in, what our dreams are, that's our calling: to passionately want Jesus more than anything and seek Him with all.
When Jesus left earth, He gave us our purpose in life.
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
It's not that our specific calling or occupation isn't important. As Christians, what we do isn't less important; it's actually way more vital because the way we live can make a difference for eternity.
You could have any job or dream, but your calling is the same: to be ambassadors of Jesus to a lost world (2 Corinthians 5:20). In a word, our calling is Jesus.
You are not a label. When I was young and searching for my purpose, I wanted a label. I wanted something to present as who I was. But it would be selling ourselves short to find a profession, give our lives to it, and think that's all there is to it.
The real label that should define us isn't "college degree" or "profession." Our definition should be Christ.
So we live every moment for Him. I write in order to honor Him. Maybe you babysit or dance or write essays or grow gardens or perform in movies. Do it for Jesus. We might not know the next step or what the future holds, but we know Who holds our future. So live it for Him.
I had to make that decision this week. After pressing on through school for 12+ years, I finally saw the end goal in sight, the day when I could be done, graduate college, and pursue what I feel is God's real calling for me. And then things happened. Classes weren't accepted, and I have another semester of work.
It's not my plan, and I don't like it. But He has a purpose for me in these months, and I am choosing to rejoice in that.
Dear friend, live today rejoicing in Christ. Don't worry about tomorrow, because He has a purpose for it.
And it's perfect for you. Maybe not what you expect, but His plans are greater.
Don't wait to do hard things and live radically until you're an adult or until you reach a certain place in life. Start being the person He has called you to be right now, and let Him take care of the rest. He can write your life story better than you ever could.
My job right now might be taking college classes, but that can't hold me back from seeking Him with all my heart. That can't stop me from pursuing the goals He has put on my heart.
You have a purpose.
My friend Jessica worded it perfectly, and I'll end with her thoughts, "You are chosen to be a child of God, first and foremost, and there’s always a place by His side for you. That is your purpose." (read her post, What Does Purpose Look Like?)
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.