One of the most common questions I get as a friend, mentor, and someone who is continually changing places is “Where should I go?”, “What should I do with my life?”, or “What if I miss what God wants me to do?”.
Usually I laugh.. because I ask the same exact questions.
Yet, the more that I continue to walk arm in arm with God, the more I’ve wrestled with questions like this. The more they actually become less and less about locations and time, and more about the deeper things of life. Passions, callings, purpose, dreams.
Actually, the more I ask those questions, the more I come out on the other side believing that knowing for certain what I should ‘do’ or ‘where’ I should go isn’t really the right question (and not that there is right and wrong, but you get what I’m saying). My friend Dan Baumann says this, “I would rather lean into the character and nature of God, trusting who He says He is, rather than knowing for certain if I’m hearing Him right or correctly.”
When we come to questions like the ‘where’, ‘how’, and ‘whens’ of life there is a tendency for stress, bouts of discouragement, and tangling yourself up in a web of ‘what ifs’ and ‘how comes’. It leads us to introspection and we forget that it’s in these exact places and times where Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” The message says, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.”
The message says, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.”
Oh, how we must be at the end of our rope more often! If we’re not, then there’s too much of us and there’s too little of God, and His rule and His reign has a hard time being real in our lives. ‘Kingdom’, in Greek ‘basileia’, means the rule and reign of God.
So know that when you’re at the end of your rope with figuring out life, you are blessed. You are receiving blessings and the Kingdom is made more tangible and a greater reality in you. This might sound so simple, but keep walking arm-in-arm with God! It’s a journey and you’re in it for the next 80+ years! We have plenty of time! And maybe, just maybe, when we’re old and grey we’ll have figured out a thing or two about this whole life thing.
Do we have purpose here and now, wherever we are, is the real question. It’s less about ‘where’ and so much more about ‘being’. Certainty or not, we must fight to still be Kingdom. We must fight to know and live and remember that we are called to be purposeful no matter where we are. We are called to be the Kingdom and bring the Kingdom no matter what country we are in or what job we have, and we are called to create pockets and communities of people who follow the ways of Jesus even if we don’t have friends around us or the most ideal situation.
When you love God and your highest call is obedience to Christ, you live to love Jesus and love others, you really can’t miss ‘where’ he wants you to be–but what you can miss is being present and being purposeful wherever you are. Realizing that the ways of the Kingdom are less about what we do and more about how we are.
Blessed are you when you have no idea what you should do or where you should go.
Blessed are you when you have no idea what you should do or where you should go. Because when you are at a point of complete and utter brokenness at the uncertainty of it all, there the reign and rule of Jesus is more real, more tangible, and more available to you than anything else. There is beauty in the Journey, there is excitement in choices, and in there is God himself–ready for Adventure with people who instead grow more certain of who He is and what their identity is, and face the questions of life with more of His reign and rule in their hearts–unafraid of the uncertainties.