On Purpose

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I am Twenty-Two years old, I have been blessed to have held the same job for two and a half years; and don’t get me wrong I love teaching. But for the past, well since “teenagedom” I’ve been asking myself “What am I supposed to do with my life?”

I have been interested in a hundred different professions that have varied quite a bit since the “ideal” dream job of a five year old Abigail that held hope of being a Doctor, Waitress, and The President of The United States. A Teacher? that was never part of the five year plan. Now I have had the opportunity to pour into children, watch them grow, and in this season it has been incredibly rewarding. Even still I struggle with knowing what “God’s purpose” is for my life. I know He has a plan, and that He promises that it’s for good, (Jeremiah 29:11) but what does that mean? How do I step into that plan? Who has he called me to be? I wonder why there isn’t a flashing neon sign that reads: “THIS IS IT!” or “ABIGAIL, TAKE THIS PATH”

Over the past few weeks God has been showing me that I don’t have to know exactly the plan or purpose for my life to live according to the calling he has placed… I can still live “on purpose.” These are the things He has shown me through His word that lead me to my purpose:
Love others, Remain in Him, and to share the Gospel.

Love Others:
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:31
Last week the Memory verse for our class was Jeremiah 29:11, as an activity for the verse that promises that God has a plan I had the kids draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they “Grew up” one of the children drew a picture and stated that when she grew up she wanted to be a best friend. “Because EVERYONE deserves to have a best friend!”
That is the attitude I want to love with. Part of my purpose is to love with a servants heart. I want to love others because He first loved me. (1 John 4:19) It’s what I am called to do; I want that innocent spirit that says “I want to be a best friend when I grow up.”

Remain in Him:
“Remain in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine and neither can you, unless you remain in me.”- John 15:4
The simplicity of this command baffles me “Remain in Him.” We are quick to forget that we are the ones who wander. When we accept Christ we have a promise that He will stay with us “even until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) When we remain in Him, He promises to stay with us. He is revealing part of his plan; for us to bear fruit and that He will be with us.

Go share The Gospel:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”- Matthew 28:19
At the core of Christianity this is the purpose… For all followers of Christ: to share the love we have found with others. Because how can we with-hold such an amazing gift? Now that I understand that not everyone is called into mission overseas, I have a much better understanding of this command. We all have a mission field, a sphere of influence, and friends. There is a way for all Christians to live out this command.

ive days a week I have the privilege to teach some amazing kids, to love them, and disciple them; but if I’m not careful I get so wrapped up in questioning if this is the job I’m made for, that I forget that over all my purpose can be living life on purpose. I forget that by remaining in Christ and having a relationship with Him, I am able to find meaning and direction in my life, and the ability to love others well, to share the gospel to my community, that is the “Abigail” I am called to be. That’s the path I’m called to take.

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