The Human Condition is a fascinating study on the essentials of being human. While we all strive for peace, we live in a world riddled with war. We strive for understanding and equality, yet we live in a world still controlled with bigotry and racism. Why is it that we will settle for a mediocre existence, and just dream dreams we never even attempt to reach?
There is no concrete answer to these questions, except that we live in a fallen world, and we don’t give ourselves enough credit. We let insecurity drive our lives and don’t look at the uniqueness that was birthed in to each one of us. God sent each one of us here, with specific gifts/talents, “For such a time is this” (Esther 4:14) . What you have inside of you is unique, It is crafted for YOU. Instead of living in a state of fear and worry, search for this purpose, and strive to live the life God has for you. There is no life that will fulfill you like the one you were created to live.
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses. God said, “For I know the plans I have for you….. plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” There is nothing in God’s plan for you that will hurt you. Granted, some lessons you’ll have to learn, and they are painful, but lessons are going to be learned whether you’re walking in your purpose, or not. At least if you’re walking in your purpose, there won’t be extra, unnecessary, self-inflicted wounds.
I was a stubborn and defiant child. I may not have really let it out until I was a (pre)teen, but I do remember the thoughts I would think (even as young as 5 or 6). I remember one night at church, I was told that I was chosen to do great things for God and that I had a big calling on my life. When the speaker said that, I remember thinking, “I don’t want a calling. I didn’t ask for that.” (Y’all, I was in kindergarten thinking like that!). That attitude carried through my teen/young adult years and I RAN as far away from the church as I could. I wanted NOTHING to do with God, a calling, or any type of “Biblical purpose”.
I denied it, defied it, and avoided it like a plague. Over the years, I dug myself in a deeper and deeper hole of loss, addiction, pain, debt, and abuse. Finally, one night I woke up on the bathroom floor (after being passed out for who knows how long), and I cried out to God. I was strung out, tired, and I just couldn’t run anymore. I was at a cross roads, and I wanted to go home. I felt God that night. I realized that He had never left me. He was right there the entire time just waiting on me to reach out. The second I called out to Him, He answered me. That day was July 25th, 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.
I won’t lie and say my life has been all roses since that day. I have still made some really poor choices in the past few years, and I will probably make a few more before this life is all said and done. Although, the one thing I have now that I didn’t have before, is Jesus.
The main thing I have learned is life is hard and unfair…. Nowhere does God’s Word ever say life is fair. It is guaranteed to be hard no matter who you are, but the pain can be easier to process when you can find the purpose in it.
Make a decision to start doing things God’s way. Seek him out and follow his laws. When you start seeing God as a loving father trying to protect you, instead of a Grinch that wants to take the fun out of life, it becomes a lot easier to understand why He wants us to do things a specific way. Our lives are temporary and our bodies are not meant to be permanent. This life is nothing more than a blink, compared to eternity. Don’t waste any more of it. Strive to reach those goals and start achieving those dreams. Above all, do it with your purpose in mind because God has one for you, one that only YOU can do.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer. 1:5