Life & Expectations

Sometimes I wonder if I’m part lizard, because if I’m cold I just stop.

That has absolutely nothing to do with what I am writing about today.

Here is my question to you, has anyone ever looked back at their life and went, ‘yup, that’s exactly how I expected it to turn out’? I cannot think of anyone I’ve ever talked to who has been able to say that. Second question, have you ever looked back at your life and wished it turned out how you imagined when you would sit and picture your adult life? This one I’m sure there’s more people who would say, yes, yes I do….but I would still argue that many would not want their childhood dream life.

Some peoples lives seem to fall into a rhythm, one thing after another, all the pieces fall into place when they are expected to by society and yourselves. It can be hard to feel like you are on the outside looking in, watching people pass milestones as you feel like you are stumbling through molasses.

If you find yourself, years after college, sitting at your average job, driving your average car, and preparing for an evening of Netflix with your cat, and wondering is this it? Did I miss my opportunity to do something amazing? Will I ever do something amazing?

The future that I imagined what would happen after high school, and what actually happen do not even vaguely resemble each other. What actually happened was so much bigger and more amazing. While those years found me still driving a 30 year old car, and without a significant other, (and I never did work for Borders) it taught me a very important lesson: God’s plans are bigger.

It would be easy to tell that story, and I love that story, but it’s not what I want to tell. There are plenty of places that tell stories of Big and Amazing Things God has done with your life. It’s easy to see how God works in our lives when Big Things are happening. I would say it is not as easy if you’re curled up on your couch, watching Netflix with your cat. And it’s even harder when months or even years have gone by that life feels like it has settled into a predictable routine.

I want to encourage those out there who are begging God to show them their future, their life, their purpose. Those who feel like life is crushing them in it’s mundaneness and who truly and wholeheartedly want to serve God and do Great Things for Him.

You are making a difference. By listening to a friend who is going through a difficult time, or going to work with a smile, you are serving God. You are showing your light. Even though your world may feel painfully average, you do not know who you may touch, who you may be the encouragement their soul needs that day. You do not have to travel to the other side of the world or be world famous to make an impact.

God knows your heart. This time of frustrating dullness may not last forever, and if it does? You can still serve Him there. And even if it is not what you imagined, God is still in control and even if it doesn’t feel like it, His plan is still better than anything you could imagine.

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