If you’re like me, you’re good at getting by. You do what you need to, and not much else. You’re quite possibly a follower of Christ, but maybe not. Maybe like me, you’ve entered, or will be entering, your middle years. Again, maybe not.
This is (your) life. Or something like it:
You’ve got a great career: you do what you do, and do it well. You have a wonderful wife, a great family. But what you don’t have is purpose:
Why are you here? Why does it feel like there should be more? You should be happy, content. Why does it feel like something is missing?
What’s wrong with you? You have so much, and yet your life feels like (to borrow a phrase) you still haven’t found what you’re looking for?
You, my friend, have mastered the fine art of surviving. But somewhere along the way you forgot how to thrive. You traded purpose, and fulfillment, for mere thrills. You forgot that one does not feel one’s way into actions, but rather acts one’s way into feelings.
You’ve put the proverbial cart before the horse.
You’ve forgotten that you’re not a human doing, but rather a human being. Your purpose is innate, put there by God. He created you for Himself, and the good works will follow–as you follow Him. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
But don’t let’s put the cart before the horse; we must needs worship before we can serve. It’s not either/or–it’s both/and. Worship and service go hand-in-hand.
And purpose will follow–as we follow Him. First be, then do. He is the vine, you are the branch.
Let’s not cut ourselves off, okay?
He knows you, and who He made you to be. Don’t be afraid to fail forward as you follow.