Imagine if we all walked in God’s given purpose for our lives regardless of how imperfectly. Imagine if every time we were bored, we read scriptures and prayed to fill the time instead of playing the comparison game on social media. Of course, the world we live in is very much based on the internet. But, what would happen if we cut our time on the internet in half and spent time exercising and sharpening our talents, praying and even just enjoying time with our families? We would be so much more equipped for life, much wiser, much more in tune with God and our purpose.
“‘You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
‘You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.’” (Matthew 5:13-15 NLT)
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15 NKJV)
There are over 7.4 billion people in the world. There is one you. There is a call on your life that only you can answer. Seasonless areas are waiting for your unique flavor. Gloomy places are waiting for your vibrant light. Musty spaces are waiting for your sweet fragrance. No one has experienced all the victories, triumphs and milestones you’ve reached, exactly how you’ve reached them. No one can speak on your distinct experiences, except you.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
But f.e.a.r (false evidence appearing real), will have us believe there is someone out there better suited for the purpose we were created. There is no one more talented, more charismatic, more knowledgeable than you, if so, well, you might not still be here. At this moment, you have everything needed –mentally, physically, spiritual– to step out in faith and do what God has called. Whether it’s going back to school, ministering to a small or large group, starting a business or whatever else you feel called to, you are enough.
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (Galatians 1:10 NLT)
God will not drag us to our destinies, we must take the first step. Don’t disregard or bury your talents and the amazing God we serve because of not measuring up, failure and/or being scrutinized.
“The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Psalm 118:6 NLT)
So what if we don’t measure up to someone else’s standards? So what if we fail? So what if we’re scrutinized? The world thrives off individualistic perfection. We were created for so much more. Imperfections make us human, relatable and experienced. If you wait until you have everything perfect, you will never start. At the end of the day, you will be more fulfilled on God’s will than your own. Dream so big it scares you. And if, and when you fall, God will always be right there to catch you.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV)
For more on purpose: Don’t Sit on Your Gift