Did God design you to do just one thing? And how in the world do we figure out what we’re designed to do? Maybe it’s easier than we think.
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Senioritis Strikes Again
“I can’t wait until we can come back to school,” my student texted me this morning.
“Really?!” I texted back, just a little shocked that a student would miss school and want to return from an unexpected COVID-19 break.
“Yeah. I miss school.”
“Does that mean you want to keep going to school next year, after you graduate?” I texted.
“Yes. I want to keep going to school,” he replied. “I just don’t know what I want to study.”
It seems like every January my seniors start stressing over what happens next. Will they go to college? What about taking a gap year? How will they know what to study if they do decide to go to college?
When they ask me for advice, I pass on what a wise teacher told me and my classmates when we agonized over what to do after graduation. “You only have three big decisions to make in life,” he said. “Whether or not to serve God, how to serve God, and who to serve God with.”
I knew from my early teen years that I wanted to serve God. But how to serve him? Not so easy to figure out. I ended up getting a scholarship after college graduation to study bilingual-bicultural education.
Along the way I also fell in love and married—I discovered who I would serve God with. I started my first teaching job two weeks after our wedding, 32 years ago.
Did God Design us for Just One Purpose?
Although my teacher had the general idea right, we need to realize that God designed us for many purposes. And each purpose has a place and a time where he needs us to fulfill it the most.
As created, multi-faceted beings, we have multiple options available to us. We could do a plethora of things which will make God say, “Yes! She’s following my design for her!” and give a little fist-pump to the attending angels.
Sometimes, it takes a while to gain the experiences that prepare us for our sweet spot. The place where our talents, skills, and passions coincide. This happened with my husband, where cancer, job loss, and random jobs prepared him for his sweet-spot job. God had a purpose and design all along, but for many years we couldn’t see either.
I think the most important choice we can make is the first one—to serve God. He designed us for a purpose—to show his love to others—and we can do that whether we teach, or preach, or sweet floors, or blog, or stay at home with our kids, or sort beans. We don’t need a platform of thousands, we just need to keep on loving in Jesus’ name and living for an audience of One.