We’ve all heard the saying that “everything happens for a reason”. With everything going on in the world and even in my own life right now, sometimes I find myself asking why? The reality is that the reason is often unknown in the middle of chaos. I don’t know about you, but God sure has quite the sense of humor with me. Many times while I’m going through my own storm, He always seems to send people out of the blue wanting my advice on the very storm I am going through or even recently came out of.
As a university student, my journey was far from easy. I had to repeat several exams throughout my 5 years. I felt far from qualified to motivate or help anyone when I was struggling myself. Over the last year, a few students have come to me for advice when they felt overwhelmed or failed an exam and I thought to myself, if only they knew how hard it was for me too and that I needed some of that for myself. I’ve always heard that the things in life that we struggle with the most, like our fears and insecurities, are usually where our purpose or calling lies. Our purpose in life is often found outside of our comfort zone. This can be very frustrating because you may be called to speak on a platform but you can’t stand the sound of your own voice. Or you may prefer to take on roles that are more behind the scenes but for some reason you are always being called out to the front to speak because people want to hear your views and opinions. Trust me, I’ve been there, more times than I would like to admit, so I get it. Who wants to feel uncomfortable?
Have you ever considered that maybe you aren’t where you want to be by now because you’re too comfortable? Comfort in the normal context may be the ideal but if we really want results, it 99.99% of the time requires us to do something outside of our normal comfort zone. I have experienced so much discomfort this past year but I can see how it has literally pushed me to do things that I always had a desire to do but was afraid to because of what it would require of me. I always wanted to start a blog but I was consumed by the fear of putting myself out there (you can read more about this here Just Start!). I also had a desire to write a book but it seemed so far fetched and had such a complicated process that I didn’t even want to try. Our desires, you know those seemingly out of this world, huge desires that you somehow have always had for as long as you could remember? Yea, those desires, I don’t believe that they just came out of nowhere. They came from somewhere or were inspired by someone. I personally believe that they often come from God, the one who created each of us.
The reason why these ideas and desires seem so far fetched and extravagant is because when God made us, He never intended for us to be able to accomplish them on our own. The only way they could get done is with His help. That’s why we initially tend to shy away from doing the things we really desire, our big dreams and goals, because they seem too hard or impossible. Yes, they’ll be hard if we try to accomplish them by ourselves and in our own way because only God has the key to unlock our full potential. He has the ability to provide us with everything we need to accomplish these goals.
Now, I’m not saying that this process will be easy by any means. Accomplishing anything takes hard work and dedication. Things will not just happen magically, we have to put in the work. The lesson is that we don’t have to do the work alone. God wants to help us accomplish every goal. If it is a case where you don’t feel like you have a purpose, that is even more reason to include God in the process to find out. He created you so He knows you better than anyone else. Take a look at your struggles and insecurities. Those are also great clues to figure out your purpose.
In the Bible, God is referred to as the potter and we are the clay (Isaiah 64:8). By definition, clay is a type of soil or dirt made up of tiny particles that can be molded into different shapes when wet. So, no matter how messed up, worthless or damaged you may feel just remember that God loves to play in dirt! He has the ability to form a beautiful masterpiece out of your dirt if you will just give it to Him.
Love & Blessings,
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