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What's My Purpose?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

This morning was nearly identical to the past 30 or so.


Wake up.

Make my coffee.

Grab breakfast.

Head to the living room.

Open my Word.

Journal.

Pray.


I've had more time to spend in the Word lately, & I'm loving it.

But, I've also had more time with my thoughts lately - which I'm not loving so much.


With so much time to spend with me, myself, & I, my mind has been working overtime.

Anyone else?


The main show playing on loop up there is a beautiful collage of possible futures!

Actually, it's more like an anxiety-driven game show, and my mind is the host.


What will it be for you, Danielle?

  • A stable income?

  • A stay at home mom with 5 kids & one heck of a handsome husband?

  • A teacher?

  • An author?

  • A life on the mission field?

  • A professional YouTube sensation?

  • A full-time blogger living in a small town somewhere down south?


Your guess is as good as mine at the moment.


Now, most of these things I do desire in my heart.

Obviously, they probably all won't be fulfilled. (I say probably, because who the heck really knows...)


The only thing I am sure of: I want to do God's will.

I just don't know what that is at the moment.


So, I've been trying to figure it out.


Clearly, I am not musically inclined to serve God as a worship leader.

I am not all that graceful or patient to take over the dance ministry after my mom retires.

I don't have the vision to lead the church's drama team.


So, what am I good at? I decided to dig deep and try to figure out my true passions. Surely, God knitted them inside of me for a divine purpose. So I started with that.


Here's what I know:

I know I like to write. I know I enjoy being creative with social media, and video production. I know I like to talk. I'm sure you all know that, too.


I just don't know how this all fits together for my future.


I feel like I have a million different desires, but God hasn't given me success in any of these areas on a large level. He's given me these hopes, but He's not really tugging me in any one specific direction.


After reading my devotion for the day, I was thinking about this while scrolling through Instagram. Shame on me, I know. But, I saw a post of a simple quote plastered to a pastel, pink background.







It read, "The day you plant the seed, is not the day you eat its fruit."










Woah. What a refreshing reminder. God does not expect us to bloom over night. He doesn't give us dreams that are meant to come to fruition in the snap of a finger.


The only thing He does expect from us, is to trust Him, and to love Him with all of our heart, soul & mind in the waiting.


AND THEN. I thought of our main guy, Jesus.

Okay, so, if you haven't noticed - the book of Matthew & Mark skip a lot of years of Jesus' life. The book of Luke also does, but it at least gives us a clue as to what age Jesus was during different events. (Thanks, Luke)


If you look closely, we hear about Jesus at age 12 in Luke 2. Then, we hear nothing of the guy until He's 30 years old.


18 years are missing. 18 YEARS.


Sometimes, I forget that Jesus wasn't born a grown man with a beard & an articulate tongue for parables and preaching truth.


In fact, Luke 2:41-52 is a great illustration of how Jesus spent time preparing and learning before He began His ministry...


At 12 years old, He nearly gave His parents a heart attack because He went missing for 3 days. Imagine?


I don't have kids, but I imagine that if I were Mary, I'd probably ground Him for 18 years after I found Him. So, maybe that's what happened...


Anyways, when they do finally find Him, He's just chilling among teachers of the Word, asking questions and learning.


Jesus asked questions.

Jesus learned.

Jesus was strengthening His toolkit before He began His called purpose.

 


"And Jesus grew in wisdom & stature, and in favor with God & man." Luke 2:52


 

Wow. Even Jesus had to grow and gain wisdom. Even Jesus needed time to be molded and shaped, so that His Father would be pleased, and the people would have enough favor with Him to listen to His preaching.


The next we hear of Jesus is when He begins His ministry, at 30 years old.


 

"Now Jesus himself was about 30 years old when he began his ministry." Luke 3:23


 

Right after this, we see the passage of Jesus being led to the wilderness, where He is tempted by the devil.


When our ministry blossoms, the devil isn't happy.

There are going to be attacks and temptations from the devil to try and tear you down. I don't say this to scare you, but this is why it's so important that we don't bloom before we are ready to.


We need to be confident in who we are in Christ.

We need to know the Word well enough to fight against the attacks.

We need to have enough wisdom to be able to deal with whatever may come our way.


These waiting years are not punishment.

They are meant to strengthen us, and to develop our knowledge and wisdom.


A baby doesn't pop out of the womb walking.

They learn to roll over, then crawl, and then eventually get up and wobble. They fall a few times before successfully staying up, but they keep going until they get it right.


We don't look at our babies in disgust when they are not able to walk right away.


No, we keep encouraging them with weird, high-pitched voices & clapping hands.


God is your number one fan. He doesn't expect you to walk in your divine ministry right away. He doesn't expect you to have it all together, and to be able to see the fruit right away.


He has planted a seed in you. In fact, He's probably planted quite a few. They may spring up at different times, but you will see them, if you tend to them.


Write down your passions.

Write down your hopes & dreams.


Water them with the Word, nourish them with prayer, tend to them with an attitude of hope.


And in the meantime, keep loving the Lord with all of your heart.

Your calling is still there.


You just never know when it's going to bloom.


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