Made with Strength: Finding Purpose

Monday, 16 May 2016

I stared at the piece of paper.

The paper signified 4 years of hard work, late-night papers + study sessions, countless cross country + track races and treasure chests full of memories. I was supposed to be "ready" to take my place in the world.

All I felt was lost.

I felt lost and afraid.

I guess growing up, I always imagined I'd actually feel prepared for the day I would no longer be required to attend school. I figured I would be wise, mature, sure of who I was made to be and what I was created to do. To be honest, that felt farthest from the truth.

See for 4 years, I had professors telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it well. As I held that paper in my hands, I had no one telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it well. While I was frequently complaining about my horrendous class load with school, deep down, it provided security and confidence. I knew what I was to do.

Today, I stand without a job, without even a clue to what direction to pursue my job. All I had was this piece of paper.

I was supposed to be ready.

Thankfully, I acted confident. And simply moved in the next direction.

I took a year and went to work in China as an English Teacher at a university, but in that year, I did more personal growth than some people see in their lifetime. This is why I'm an advocate for travel, for exploring your beliefs, your disbeliefs, your limits, the good, the bad, the hard, exploring YOU.

I stumbled across my prayer journal from that year. 4 years ago.... and during that year overseas I wrote:

"unearthed: I care about helping people, I care about being an integral part of something and making a difference"

Wow.
Sometimes God gives us a vision before we step into the mission field.

He gave me this vision. He showed me why I was created,  yet I didn't see how I would be used. How would I help people? How would I use my gifts for His Glory?

Four years later, I sit typing on my computer in Hungary. Married. Fully employed. Building the business/ministry out of that vision He gave me back then.

I'm helping people.
I'm using my gifts.

So if you've recently or ever doubted your use, your purpose, or God's hand in your life, let me encourage you...

He has plans for you.
Plans He alone knows.
Plans that are for good and not disaster.
Plans to give you hope and a future.
Look for Him.
Seek HIM.
He will be found by you, when you seek him with your whole heart.
(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

He is always the answer.


Thankful for my job. For the purpose I had yet to find until I sought Him. Thankful for the opportunity to help others find THEIR purpose.

If helping others is a passion of yours, I want to invite you to a 5 day Coach Preview event I'm running with my team. We will talk about how coaching has given us a platform to share the purpose for which we were created and how so many stories of ours are united in an effort to help others! If you're interested, it's totally free and you can just be a fly on the wall! Head here and click attending! Can't wait to hear what visions He's laid on your heart!

Live Sown with Strength,
Courtney

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