I believe with everything that I am that GOD divinely designed each person to do or be something specific in HIS master plan. I believe we were created by HIM for HIM. Mark Twain said it best “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Discovering why I was born has been one of, if not, the most challenging thing in my life.
Like many, there have been times in my life where I felt like I’ve made a difference, albeit small, a difference nonetheless. However, I know there is more to living this life than just experiencing sporadic moments of worth. There are people who wake up with purpose and are driven by that purpose. If every person was created by GOD, surely, we all should wake up and be excited about our contribution to this world. This next statement is a sweeping generality but it seems man measures worth by what is seen and celebrated by the masses. The question is, for me, how much does this influence the decisions we make on how we live our lives? What do we pursue? Why do we pursue it?
Unfortunately I chose to pursue a degree based heavily on the reaction I received from others. Sad but true. People ‘seemed’ impressed when I shared what I was pursuing a degree in. Truth be told, at 17, I had no clue what I wanted or should have studied in college. I had no idea what my gift was or how to discover it. If I knew what I know now, I would have approached my college career differently. I’m sure there are plenty of folks who would cosign that sentiment. I may get some grumbles about this next statement but it’s my opinion based on my personal experience. I don’t believe college is for everyone. For some, I believe attending a 2 year college before attending a university is the best option and I don’t necessarily agree that going to college directly out of high school is the best route to take. Yes, I went to a college preparatory high school and I’m grateful. However, I must say, the guidance counselor at that time provided very little guidance. My perception was that the high scoring students received the attention. All students need guidance.
Higher education is vital regardless of where and when you choose to acquire it. Everyone should be a lifelong learner. However, I believe more attention should be placed on helping a person discover their gift at an early age. Too often people are forced into a life designed by man and not by GOD. In my humble opinion, this may explain why there are so many unhappy, unfulfilled, unsatisfied ‘successful professionals.’ It’s never too late to begin searching for and living the life GOD intended for you. I’ve learned not to fret too much over the time that’s passed because it serves no purpose. What I’m trying my level best to do now is make the most out of the days ahead because Romans 8:28 says ALL things work together for the good…
FINAL WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT – 2 Timothy 1:9 – (NIV) He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
You deserve the life GOD planned for you.
Be Encouraged! Be Blessed!
this Pastor’s Wife