If you are one of those fortunate people who was seemingly born knowing what you wanted to do when you grow up – I’m super happy for you.
But for the rest of us, life ends up being a series of starts and stops, with constant changes in direction. You either choose a comfortable easy path, or you take the more exciting (and definitely less predictable) path.
The twists and turns of life will hit you though, whether you are on the easy road or the challenging one – and maybe, if you are super lucky, you will end up finding that thing that sets your soul on fire. Or God might tell you what your thing is (that’s how it happened with me.)
Knowing what your purpose is, doesn’t make life any easier though. It doesn’t make the path crystal clear, and it doesn’t mean everything you touch will turn to gold.
It simply means that you will do work that suits you.
Eventually though, you are going to have to reveal that work to the world, and that’s where it gets really, really hard.
It’s scary as hell to put yourself out for everyone to see. What if you fail?
Spoiler alert: You will.
You will make things and virtually no one will buy. You will put your heart and soul out there and it might be ignored.
For awhile at least. But you will keep your head down and keep moving forward. You will fail over and over again, until you perfect your magic, and the people who need you show up at your doorstep, excited because they finally found you and how you can help them.
What you need to remember through those hard times, and I will tell you that you might need to memorize it – because it’s going to become your mantra, is Habakkuk 3:17-19.
That’s right. An obscure old testament verse is going to be what gets you through this.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.
Verse 17 talks about when nothing is bearing fruit. Nothing is turning out the way it *should* especially since you know that plants growing and the thing you made were both divinely directed.
Because that’s how it feels right? Like God put this thing in your heart, and if HE did, why isn’t it just magically the most successful thing you’ve ever done?
I’ll give you a hint – it’s because you need to learn to rejoice anyway, because whether you sell your work or not, you get to make it. You get to know what it is that fulfills your heart, and you get to rejoice that your God and Savior let you in on the secret of what it is.
You also have to learn the lesson in verse 19. You are not the driving force behind your passion – God is. HE is your strength and because of HIM, it will bear fruit…in HIS time.
As one of the least patient people you will ever meet, I can tell you that this is a hard lesson to learn. Like really hard. But when you learn to trust him completely, when you learn to let him take the wheel so to speak, and when you rejoice in him even when things aren’t going according to your plan – you will have peace in the knowledge that you are doing the work you were called to do – and that he will bring the people who need you right to your doorstep.
And if you aren’t there yet, that’s okay too. If you haven’t found your passion because you are too overwhelmed, this verse can work for you too. Lean on God. Trust that he will direct your path and he will make you like deer walking on mountains. (Have you even seen the deftness with which they move?!)
As it turns out, the thing that I am most passionate about is helping overwhelmed women who are tired of living mediocre lives by teaching them how to tame the chaos of their everyday existence so they can start living a life they can’t wait to get out of bed for, every. single. day.
If that’s you – I’ve got a solution.
It’s called Boldly Going and it will help you make the most out of this one and only life you’ve got.