Like most people, I struggle with these questions. But, as a Christian, I know my life has a purpose in God's plans. The hard part is figuring out what that purpose is.
My life, so far, hasn't been a big success in the way the world would see it: I don't have a husband or children; I don't own a house; my car is over ten years old; and I've been made redundant twice. But I know God has used my experiences to comfort other people and for that I am thankful.
What has He got planned for me? Well, I love writing and I'd like to think God gave me that passion for a purpose. It has long been a dream of mine to be a published author one day. I wrote a couple of novels when I was a teen (one was a rip-off of the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon (I loved that show), and the
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There's a quote which goes, 'Sacrifice is the ecstasy of giving the best we have to the One we love the most'. I'm not sure who the quote is by, but it resonates with me. I've written my book to the best of my ability and given it to God. If He wants to take it further, it's His call.
A few weeks ago, something I read in 'The Purpose Driven Life' by Rick Warren really spoke to me. It's at the end of Chapter/Day 30, 'Shaped for Serving God':-
We have all heard people say, "I took a job I hate in order to make a lot of money, so someday I can quit and do what I love to do." That's a big mistake. Don't waste your life in a job that doesn't express your heart. Remember, the greatest things in life are not things. Meaning is far more important than money. The richest man in the world once said, "A simple life in the fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches."**
Don't settle for just achieving "the good life", because the good life is not good enough. Ultimately it doesn't satisfy. You can have a lot to live on and still have nothing to live for. Aim instead for "the better life" - serving God in a way that expresses your heart. Figure out what you love to do - what God gave you a heart to do - and then do it for his glory.***
I don't know what my future holds, but I've seen the way God has worked in my past, so I'm trusting Him for my future. I am right where God wants me to be, and what more could I ask than that?
*Yup, that's where the Unleashed bit ties in to my previous blog entry.
** Proverbs 15 v 16 (Msg)
**Taken from 'The Purpose Driven Life' by Rick Warren. Copyright (c) 2002 by Rick Warren. Use by permission of Zondervan under the Fair Use policy.