What am I doing with my life?
Am I making a difference?
Do I have influence?
Should I have influence?
What is my purpose?
Am I doing enough?
Am I enough?
I have amazing friends. These friends are doing big things and helping change the world. They’re starting non-profits
and sitting on boards
and traveling to third world countries
. I love them for it. I respect them, admire them and give God praise for their abilities. I support them and encourage them. But it’s too easy to also envy them. I
want to make a difference. I
want to do big things. God, what do you have for me
? What’s your plan for my
life? The list of questions goes on and on. But these are absolutely the wrong questions.
These questions that have been playing like a loop in my head for months. So destructive. So tedious. Such a waste of time. But God is good and gentle and patient. And spoke to me through my son. There’s nothing like getting schooled on the ways of Christ by a nine year old. He reminded me in a forceful voice that I’m enough and God’s got the rest.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
My work is not done because God is still working in me. So lately I’ve starting asking a different set questions.
God, what are you doing in my life?
How may I help make a difference in your kingdom?
How may I have influence to glorify you?
Lord, what is your purpose for my life?
God, please give me the strength and wisdom to do what you’ve called me to do.
This is hard. To step outside of the “me attitude” is hard. It’s not how we are conditioned in our current society. The internet is a wonderful tool and can be used for great good, but it’s also the thing that can bring on great despair. I’m convinced there are more frustrated people now than ever before. We live our lives publicly and compare ourselves to others constantly. And this helps no one. I like how Seth Godin
puts it so plainly when he says “your status compared to other people isn’t how you’re doing.” Amen. I am enough. You are enough.
May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:21 NLT)
God is incredibly easy to please. Love him, love others. Do that well. Lean into him and you’ll start to find your place. I’m starting to recognize and value mine.
Where are you struggling right now? What questions are you wrestling with? Where do you wonder if you are enough? Find me over on Twitter
and we’ll continue the conversation!