Called to Purpose
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV
Somewhere around our 30s, we begin to take stock of our lives; what have we accomplished, and what remains undone? Is this the career I want? Where do I want to live? Do I want to get married? Do I want to have children? Then, as we enter our 40s, we may face a mid-life crisis; some of the questions may be the same as in our 30s but are more pressing, and we have a different perspective. Am I fulfilling my purpose? Is there something else I should be doing with my life? These questions are a normal part of the aging process, and I dare say that upon answering these questions, most have made changes along the way.
One thing we know with certainty is that God has a purpose for us. Akin to the physical searching and adjustment, we also experience spiritual maturation. Sometimes we pause and ask God if we are fulfilling his purpose for us. At times, his answer may be "Good job, keep it up," and at other times, it may be "I want you to do something different.". The answer may come so subtly that you only notice it through the Holy Spirit. Yet, at other times it may be deafening. However, God answers we must be obedient to the call.
God, we thank you for giving us purpose. We acknowledge we sometimes find it hard to understand your intention for us. Forgive us those times we ignored your call. Open our ears for listing, our minds to discernment, and our hearts to obedience. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.