Sometimes I read stories of and/or watch those a few years younger than me, those just out of college, who seem to know exactly what they want next, are sure of their calling in this life, or are passionate about one particular cause. And instead of taking time to consider how to best execute their dreams, or getting caught up in a cost-benefit analysis for their proposed plans, or worrying about how finances will fall into place, they just get to work and do something or go somewhere.
They seem so young, and sometimes their actions seem a bit impulsive and carefree, but they’re already doing what they love and living out their passions and dreams.
When I consider their path versus my own, it’s easy for me to fall into the ugly comparison trap of thinking I’ve somehow missed something, or in the very least that I’m behind.
That because I didn’t have the focus or the dream 5 years ago, I didn’t get it right.
That because I don’t have the life now that I envisioned then, something didn’t go right.
That because I still don’t have a clear vision of what this life should be about, I’m still not getting it right.
But if my one passion and drive is living for the Lord and glorifying Him through loving Him and loving His people, so what?
As I spent the entire month of October over a year ago fleshing out through a 31 Days series, this life isn’t about knowing exactly what comes next.
Yes, God calls some people to very specific tasks that last a lifetime.
But for the rest of us … we just keep risking. trusting. following. loving. going.
By faith. Eyes fixed on the perfect Author of this story. One step at a time.
Of course I’m not going to have it all figured out yet … or likely ever this side of heaven.
This life isn’t over and that’s not my job.
It’s to just keep going.
I will likely make hundreds of more wrong turns and try hundreds of more things … some of which may succeed, others of which will almost be guaranteed to fail.
But this God, this Jesus, whose way is perfect stays the same and never fails.
He’s got this world from beginning to end.
This day … this life … is His.
So just keep going.
“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)