This week I read one of the most unsettling – and liberating – things I have ever read:
It is troubling because it speaks to so much of what we spend our adult lives pursuing… purpose, meaning, calling. Why am I here? What am I here to do? We believe that if we find this calling all will be easy – or at least clear.
Andrea Lucado in the above post bursts that bubble. And it should be burst.
So much effort spent on finding our unique calling. So many books written, seminars given, and (yes) money spent on this dream. So much agonizing over my place and purpose. Not pursuing this unattainable dream in a fallen world can free us for better things.
What if our purpose is rather to particularize God’s vision for the world in our lives and relationships? This is enough of a dream for most of us! I wonder if our striving for our calling and purpose is a slightly off-course attempt to do this very thing? Another sign of the brokenness of the world. But also a source of hope. As Andrea Lucado quotes Jesus in her blog:
“But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33c
Jesus has done so… therefore I do not have to overcome it. What could be more liberating and hope-filling than that?