I was constantly tip-toeing between the delicate balances between these three. It seems like everyone I talk to is in the midst of one of these “Ps.”
Pursuing the career, spouse, or goal of their desire. Patiently waiting for one of those desires to come through after a season (or seasons) of pursuing said goal. Or finally gaining your prosperity after obtaining the object of your desire. Sometimes we don’t get what we diligently pursue even after patiently waiting for prosperity, so our desires change accordingly and we endure this process again.
It’s easy to see why so many of us are exhausted. We’re tired of running after something that seems too far away, or waiting for too long for something that seems uncertain. We lose our drive for the pursuit, or our patience in waiting to reap what we have sown. We give into our earthly desires for instant gratification and modify our pursuits for something that might give us a taste of the prosperity we crave.
Maybe your pursuit has turned into complacency and your patience into weariness.
Perhaps… instead of desiring our own pursuits, we should be seeking after our purpose. After all, “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21.
The existential crisis of so many lost souls is but a reverberating cry of praise for those who have accepted the gift of salvation!
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
God has created us with purpose – to fulfill the purposes He has prepared for us to do. When it seems like everyone else is getting ahead in life and you’re not where “you’re supposed to be” let me remind you not to settle for earthly pursuits. You weren’t an afterthought for Him. You were planned, preconceived, specifically designed with HIS purpose in mind.
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.” Isaiah 46:10-11
I urge you to live this one life we have on earth with this in your heart. Let it permeate every crevice of your consciousness, saturate your sense of awareness and being, and be the avenue which draws the Holy Spirit to dwell within you. You have a purpose, a divinely appointed purpose.
You might be thinking, “I know that’s my purpose, but how can I accomplish it unless I achieve X, Y, and Z…”
Listen, whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6–7
“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, if what you’re doing is trying to bring Him Glory. Don’t get stuck on the semantics or mechanics of how your purpose is going to be achieved. If you live your life in the Holy Spirit for the glory of God, He will work all of those petty logistics out for you. There is nothing our God can’t handle. When God has a will, He has a way!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
I know that God sometime’s puts desires into our hearts for a reason. We’re called into different fields, education, relationships, and interests. But one unifying, underlying factor should be the foundation upon which these things can flourish, and that is our purpose in Him.
If you feel weak, tired, or uncertain in this (or any) phase of your life, reach out. You have an entire community of brothers and sisters who desire to be there for you as others have been for them! Many before you have battled between setting their minds on heavenly things versus earthly things (Colossians 3:2), losing their place in the race by focusing our attention towards something on the sidelines. Use community.
More importantly, use your personal Comforter/Advocate/Counselor (Isaiah 11:2; John 14:16; John 15:26) and Intercessor (Romans 8:26) to guide you (John 16:13) in your times of doubt or weariness. Call upon Him and He will be with you (Psalms 91:15).
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
To “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:1-2).
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9
Remember the good you are called to do, the glory you are called to witness, and the God who sustains you all the days of your life. If you live with this purpose, you’ll find peace worth pursuing.
“Stand firm and you will win life.” (Luke 21:19)