Do you ever feel like everyone but you has their path figured out? Whether they call it a vision, calling, or an assignment from God, you may not be as clear. Maybe you even wonder if God has a calling specifically for you.
You want to hear God’s direction in your life and want to serve Him well, but things are unclear and overwhelming. You pray and look around in your church, online, and among your friends and wonder if your contribution would be as important as those you admire.
I’ve felt that way. Wondering what God wants me to do. Fuzzy in my mind about all the needs and possibilities. Feeling as if the way I think or approach life isn’t normal, and everyone is already doing what I should do. I’ve pressed into Him, soaked up His Word, and paid attention.
I’ve come to understand that God is unapologetic in the way He designed each of us. We each have an important role to play in His Kingdom in the here and now, and I’m finding a way to let go of my ideas of what my role should be and be open to hear and receive His vision for my life.
I’m not a spiritual director or advisor, who can dive into your situation to help you know the vision God has for your life, but I do want to share with you a little nugget of truth that God has used to help me embrace the calling He has given me.
Fear can be useful.
I’m a big fan of “be strong and courageous.” I know God casts out all fear and gives us power in love. I’m adamant not to let the enemy control me with fear.
But let’s imagine why the enemy tries to make us afraid of certain things in our lives. The enemy means to use our fears to stop us in our tracks, to make sure we aren’t fully who God designed us to be. But we can examine the fear and use it as a posted sign directing us to the right path God has for us. Our fears can actually be tools we can use to see what God wants to do in us.
The kind of fear I’m referring to isn’t being afraid of the dark but the kind of fear that keeps you awake at night or stirs you to pray.
Listen to yourself in conversation. What are you afraid of for God’s children? Are you afraid His children won’t be fed, will remain lost, will live in plenty but be left empty? Are you worried that they will feel discouraged and lonely, that they will not really know the God of their faith? What and who comes to your mind? What brings you to tears? What hurts your guts for others?
The answer to those questions point you to your calling, where you are directed to be brave for others and help them, lead them, and serve them, the very way the Holy Spirit wants to love others through you.
Don’t let your fears stop you. Everyone you admire has them, too. The beauty is in the overcoming. Use your fears as tools to help you figure out where the Lord is leading you.
We need you to do the thing only YOU can do. And if you’re already thinking, “There’s too much out there. What can I contribute?” With over 7 billion people on our planet, I’m sure there is room for your gifts and plenty of people God is preparing to receive what only you can give.