Who was your favorite superhero as a kid? Were you a fan of a movie or a sports star? It’s funny how as children our options seem nearly endless. We truly believe that we can fly like Superman. However, as we age a little, we discover that the only flying we’ll be doing is on a plane, jump off a building and that’s called something entirely different, falling.
Although some dreams are far fetched, others are far more believable. The Bible teaches us that we are all made to be different. God knew us intimately before we were born. And as such, he created us with a unique set of skills and talents that can take us far when used in the right way. That’s exactly why discovering your purpose is so important.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalms 139: 13
Purpose may seem like a heavy word at first. It can conjure visions of a King setting out to war to conquer distant lands; or a Lion, whose sharp teeth and strong muscles flexed ready to pounce on its prey. The King knows that from his youth, he has been trained, molded and skilled for that very day. He would never consider leaving it all behind to become a farmer or a ballerina. The Lion, on the other hand, knows nothing else; he was built as a killing machine, the apex predator. A lion that all of a sudden decided to become a gluten-avoiding, vegan simply couldn’t survive, he was designed to be something else.
So where does that leave you? There are a handful of people that recognize their talents early and from then on, set out on the right path. For others, it takes longer and can be a frustrating experience. However, discovering your purpose doesn’t have to be that difficult. As with everything else, praying, seeking God and reading his word is the easiest path to clarity. And there are always a few things you could do to help!
If you’re a talented musician or vocalist, get connected with your local church’s worship team. If you love to write, contact your youth group and see if they’re setting up a website that you could help with. Practice and develop your skill sets so that when the day comes, you’ll be as ready as ever to become everything you were made to be! And don’t be discouraged by a few speed bumps along the way. As a famous quote goes
“God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called”