Encouragement Life

Why We Need to Stop Searching for a Purpose

July 25, 2016

When I was growing up, I never worried about what I was going to do when I became an adult. As time progressed, I started to stress out about my future. The pressures of my life forced me into believing I had to have everything figured out. I began to worry about my future and who I was going to be. What began to shift my thinking, was my growing relationship with the Lord. Here are three verses and takeaways that have helped me better understand my calling.

The plan has already been made.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10

Way before the world was created, God had a plan. That plan included you and me to live on this earth at this specific time. It’s hard for me sometimes to wrap my brain around the idea that the Ultimate Storyteller decided to include me in His story. Everything that I am, all that I am gifted to do, He planned ahead of time and set everything in motion.

Our purpose is already a part of who we are…we just don’t see it.

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. ~Proverbs 20:5

There are a lot of passions and spiritual gifts in this world and it’s easy sometimes to miss out on what I am really gifted in. That’s why I look inward and see what drives me. What challenges me and fires me up? What is life-giving to me? When I can’t figure it out, I talk with people who know me well. I seek out counsel with my family, teachers, and pastors and when they all say the same thing, I know what God has placed on my heart to do.

I can plan all I want but I have to remember who I serve.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ~Proverbs 19:21

Being human, I make plans and have hopes for the things to come and they don’t always work out. I’m finding that God has me deviate from those plans and I have to listen. The closer you are to Him, the clearer your path will become. His desires will become your desires.

Are you searching for purpose and unsure of God’s plans? Please share with me your journey in the comments below!

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