For a while now I have struggled with my place and my “calling”. I am a 25 year old stuck in a rut of part time jobs and figuring out next steps, this was not the plan even five years ago. Back then I thought I would be in a full time position and married (or seriously dating). After struggling through part time jobs that seemed meaningless I have come to an understanding.
What I realize now is that the Lord has a greater plan! I am understanding that our “plans” aren’t meaningless but rather not always the best for us. I would love to be on the five-year plan I had for myself, but then I realize the adventure that I would have lost. My walk with the Lord is so much stronger because of the tests he has allowed me to go through.
The Lord has been pushing on my heart to let go of plans and allow Him to work right where I am. I may not be in the most glamorous job, but I know I can work to His glory where I am. Why is this important? We need to realize to learn to be content where we are! Paul talks about this in Philippians, where he is writing from a jail cell. He talks about being content in his suffering because it is producing God’s glory. Can you imagine being in a cell and saying your content? It puts so much perspective on what we deal with everyday!
Most of you are probably thinking about next steps; college, jobs, boyfriends etc. What I want to urge you is to hold on to where you are. Our life yes, is about the end goal, but also the journey that took us to get there. In my life I work with teens on a daily basis and they are bombarded with the “next steps”. They are pressured to pick the right high school classes to get into the right college. I see my kids go through piles of applications and to reject school because they wont end up with the right pay grade. I urge you, seek the Lord and where HE should place you. I believe our hearts need to be sensitive to His calling, His place for you.
I believe a calling comes from our passions and what we love. These are the desires that God puts into us. Ask the Lord to burden your hearts for what he is burdened for. I made that decision when I was in college and the Lord placed on my heart youth ministry and camp ministry. Friends of mine have been called to nursing, teaching and other positions. Remember the Lord can use you where you are; you don’t need to be the next pope to have meaning and give God glory.
I end with this: What is God asking you to pursue right here right now? Is he asking you to be content with what is in front of you?
Take a deep breath and remember to be content in the Lord!
Written by: Kamilla