I would be willing to bet that 99 percent of you reading this blog have asked yourself this question, “What has God called me to do?” or this question “ What is my purpose?” You may have had this thought cross your mind at least once or twice “I know I have a call on my life, but I’m not exactly sure what it might be or what it looks like.” If you are reading this, hoping that I have an incredible, divine answer to these questions, I’m sorry to tell you, but I don’t. The answer to your questions is only answered by God. But, here’s what I do know: having these thoughts, and asking these questions are perfectly normal. Why are they normal? Think about it this way, God desires for you to know your purpose in His Kingdom. There is an old saying “Knowledge is Power”, well I believe this saying is based on scriptural insight. How are we to be “good and faithful servants” if we don’t know what God is asking of us? If we don’t seek, we won’t find. If we don’t knock, the door will never open. It’s okay to ask hard questions, it’s even okay to be afraid of what you might find out. Fear of the unknown is normal. The moment it stops being normal is when you let that fear hinder you or stop you from doing what God is leading you to do. Maybe what God is telling you isn’t what you thought you were called to do. Or God has shown you that He's called you for more than what you thought you could handle. I think the real danger zone is when you assume you know what God has for you and you stop asking questions, you stop seeking and you stop evaluating yourself to see if you are still in God’s perfect will for your life. Being able to properly evaluate yourself takes real maturity. To effectively evaluate you must remember this: evaluation is simply asking questions. It is not to render judgment, inflict shame or add guilt. Evaluation is meant to be a learning process, not a condemnation party. No one is perfect, no matter how hard you try to be. There might be times when you take a leap of faith and you find out later that your leap was a little misdirected. That’s the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions. Asking questions will help you get to the root of what caused the misdirection. Evaluation isn‘t always easy, but it is necessary in order for you to grow. An important thing to remember is: don’t let that mistake keep you from taking more leaps of faith. You’ve probably heard this before, faith isn’t just a noun, it’s a verb. To live by faith, you must act. Is every action of faith going to be right? Odds are, probably not! So don’t beat yourself up over it. Evaluate, learn, and leap with a better aim each time.

 

Blog by: Nicole Barnes