Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you’re able to spend this day with your family and friends. I’ve been thinking about the topic of this post for a few days, and thought today would be perfect to share it.
Can I be honest? I’ve had a quarter-life crisis ever since graduating college in 2013. A quarter-life crisis is the same as a mid-life crisis, except it happens when you’re a young adult. At the center of them both is the pondering of one’s purpose in life. You see…I am fortunate to have stable employment, but I am not passionate about what I do at work. I look at peers and others that I know/have known their whole lives; to be in the medical field, or a teacher, a movie director or even a professional athlete.
I know that I’m here for a purpose, it’s just frustrating at times not knowing what it is. Did you know that you were created on purpose, for a purpose? Well, you were. Jesus knew His purpose…and I am so grateful that He did. He endured ridicule, back-stabbing, abandonment, slander and so much more in His life. While He could have retaliated against those that hurt Him or even gave up and returned to Heaven, He didn’t. And you know why? It was because He knew His purpose on the Earth. If He gave up, the scriptures could not be fulfilled and we would not be saved from our sins (John 3:16-21).
I wanted also to be certain of my purpose. I didn’t quite know where to look in the Bible, so I did a quick Google search. I stumbled upon this article (link here) that talked about everything I had been feeling, especially this year. The author provided four Bible verses you can turn to when you lack purpose in your life. I will list them for you shortly, but I wanted to talk about what happened after I read the passages. First, it reminded me to focus on God and not compare myself to others. Next, it reminded me to continue to do good. And lastly, it gave me hope that although I’m unsure of my purpose (job-wise), I am supposed to be purposeful in the way I live my life; by following God’s example and living righteously.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
“…I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘if any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.'”
I want to encourage you again that you were created on purpose and for a purpose. And if you’re like me and trying to find/understand your purpose, do not give up. It was knowing His purpose that Jesus endured so much (even death) so that we could have a relationship with Him. You may not think you are where you ought to be (believe me, I’m with you), but God has a plan for our lives.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!