As you have probably noticed, things have been quiet on my blogs for almost two months now! Unfortunately, with all my busyness, and distractions of different kinds, I have utterly neglected my blogs.
It was partly purposeful. I’ve been studying for a big test and needed the time to focus on that without worrying about trying to get posts out as well.
At the same time, even when I was free and could easily have written a quick post, I’ve often resisted the urge to write. I buy into the lie that what I say doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. I think that surely my words won’t make a difference when so many people can say it better than I. I diminish my gift because I’m afraid to lay myself bare and discover that my offering was worthless.
But the truth is this: If the Creator of the universe places something on my heart and leads me to share it, it isn’t worthless. There’s no need to fear what others think. There’s no need to evaluate it’s worth. If my God tells me to speak, I should speak, whether one million are listening or my words are only heard by one.
My words matter. Your words matter. Don’t let the fear, the lies, the comparison, or the doubts come between you and your calling.
You may not write, but you have a gift that is uniquely yours. God made you and placed you here for a reason. He doesn’t make mistakes. You may feel you have nothing to offer, but know this: if you are here for a reason, then you have a purpose. And once you see your purpose and your potential, don’t let anything stop you from chasing it.
But what if you don’t have a clear purpose? What if you feel like the only one who doesn’t have it all together? (Psst: nobody has it all together. Not a single one of us.) What if you feel like you’re wandering around in the dark?
If you feel purposeless, if you fear you bring nothing to the table, here are some ways to discover that purpose and open your heart up to God’s will and His amazing plan for your life.
Dig into God’s Word. Ask God to speak to you through His word. And don’t just read the words: study them; get to the heart of what each verse means for you. Then go out and live it!
Spend time in prayer. Not just petitions for health and well being, either. Pray what God puts on your heart. Praise Him for His awesome power. Thank Him for the many blessings He has given you. Ask Him for wisdom and strength to respond as He would in every situation.
Seek to know your God personally. Go beyond a daily prayer and Bible study time. Don’t just read a few verses and spout off a few prayer requests (I’m preaching this to myself!). Let God’s Word its implications penetrate into and saturate the very core of your existence. Be open to His leading and allow Him to show you what it is He wants you to do, moment by moment, day by day.
Seek to use your talents and abilities for the glory of God. God can use anyone for His service if only we let Him. We don’t have to be well spoken (Moses wasn’t). We don’t have to have great resources (Paul didn’t). We don’t even have to have a specific gift or talent that surpasses that of others. All that is required is that we be willing to let God use what we have for His glory. We don’t have to shine; we have to let Him shine through us.