In the midst of all the daily demands and duties, surely our hearts tell us something that is true: each of us has a unique calling and responsibility, something that in the long run is greater than the daily tasks that confront us – not in the sense that these tasks are not important, but rather in the sense that there is a thread, an underlying purpose and work that represents the way God has invited us to make a difference in the world.
From “Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-given Potential” by Gordon T. Smith (IVP Books, 2011)
I’ve been looking for that thread lately.
Opportunites have been presented. Forks in my road have appeared. Lots of time spent on wondering about my life and my callings and my gifts and my responsibilities. But fortunately, I think God has gotten used to the never-ceasing activity of questions and thoughts that constantly swirl around in my head.
The good thing is that I know God will fulfill the purpose He has for my life if I keep listening and seeking and surrendering. It’s not something that should cause me anxiety or restlessness or worry. In reality, it should make me excited, wondering what He’s going to do next.
It may be only a thread, but I’m sure it’s there. And I’m going to keep looking for it.
The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8
This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. Isaiah 43:21
Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. Isaiah 43:7
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:6