I’ve been an absent blogger. I laid my struggles with a few areas of personal defeat candidly before you (read the several posts below), and then I disappeared from the blogosphere. My disappearance was not at all my intention. It just sort of happened. Summer has pulled me to and fro as I have wrestled with some of the same issues of my physical self over and over again in different ways. Looking back on the past month, I can see that God has been so readily at work in my wrestling nature and I think I’m ready to blog again. This time, I’m getting right down to it with a post titled “how to find God’s will for your life.” Not that I have this totally figured out, but I think I’m onto something good. God has dropped many opportunities and ideas and bits of encouragement into my lap over this past month in particular. As I have put it all together, I think I have something to share that I hope will resonate with you… because I know that this question of God’s will for our life is a pertinent one that many of us ask and wrestle over to one degree or another.
First, let me confess that moving forward in God’s will has been a MIGHTY BIG stumbling block for me. What if I’m off track? What if I make the wrong choice? What if I miss His will altogether? I’ve been pretty forthright with you about my issue of feeling STUCK in so many areas of my life. I can attribute this struggle to my over analytic nature, to my desire to please God above all else, to insecurity… whatever the case, the question of what exactly God wants from me has been far too complicated. Can you relate? At least a bit, at some time?
If so, I have good news for you… IT’S NOT AS HARD TO FIGURE OUT GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE AS YOU THINK! Here’s the secret I am testing out, in a nutshell:
I’m not even going to take credit for this simple equation. It was inspired by a podcast I came across by Edie Wadsworth of the blog Life In Grace, which you can listen to here read about here. When I find something good and encouraging, I’m not going to keep it to myself, so go check it out in your spare time. A few of her freeing words that really spoke to me in this area…
“(God) has given you everything you need in Jesus’ perfect life, death, and resurrection. You don’t need to do ANYthing to please Him or find Him or discern His will. He is pleased with Jesus and sees you as one redeemed by Christ. He has placed you in various stations in life and called you to serve your neighbor, since all of YOUR needs have already been met in Him. He has gifted you in certain ways, so that you may serve your neighbor and meet his needs. And the beautiful kicker is this — God hides Himself in your vocation, so that all the service you render to your neighbor is sacred, because it is, in reality, GOD at work through you, meeting the needs of the neighbor.”
This is how God gets all the glory for what we do! And that’s what pleases God. We are His hands and feet, but it is really God who is at work to will and to act according to His good purpose.
You guys, for so long I have poo-pooed the fact that I’m just a Mom, a wife, a homemaker. Not that I want a high-powered career, but really, God, isn’t there some grander purpose for which You created me to serve You? Typing this makes me feel just as foolish as I sound — no one is more important to me than my 4 guys! I have wanted to believe that the mundane daily tasks of being a wife, a mother, a homemaker were the behind-the-scenes to the Grand Stage Performance of my life. BUT, when I begin to view my tasks as service that blesses both God and others, my life takes on more importance… more value… more meaning. Have you ever struggled with feeling like maybe your life really doesn’t matter much? Have you ever felt insignificant? Allow me to suggest that you have a misplaced view of importance.
I’m off to make dinner for my guys. Because they need to eat, and I’m passionate about cooking, I will choose to see it as a valuable act of service. I’m testing a new recipe for beef enchiladas, which I will be serving weary travelers at a school-sponsored event in a couple of weeks. Again, meeting needs with my passions, talents, and abilities. Then I’m going to fold the laundry and cheer my son on at a basketball game. While at the game, I’ll keep my eye open to how I can share goodness with others through a smile, a friendly hello that is not just in passing, or God knows what else. My point is, these are all things that I might do anyway . . . but why not have fun taking a more cheerful view of the way we go about the days we’ve been given? Our days can be dull and lack luster if we allow ourselves to forget that we are part of God’s grand game of Life and we are each His chosen playing piece.
Have a great day, my long lost friends! I hope this encouragement finds you well . . . or sets you on a more cheerful path!
To read more on finding your passion or “calling,” check out this post. I’ve also been inspired by the book Love Does by Bob Goff.