The suddenlies of change can sometimes take us by surprise. We have been chugging along in a certain direction, happy as a lark, when we suddenly feel the need for a change in direction. We peer up ahead and the coast is clear, but we still have this urging to move in another direction. God is tugging at a new adventure in our lives, and we are encouraged and yet filled with trepidation; all at the same time.
Galatians 6: 4-5 MSG
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."
'Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given.' Make a careful examination means to dig deep and really look at ourselves. Discover the possibilities of our strength and our weaknesses. One possibly is to ask a trusted friend or mentor to give an honest evaluation. Explore their words and then dig deeper. Make some purposeful time, and contemplate and consider the possibilities and the questions during moments with Jesus. We might rediscover opportunities we have missed, look at things from a different perspective or we may even discover an entirely new path.
'Then sink yourself into that.' Dive in. Delve into the discoveries that we have uncovered. As we begin to uncover the possibilities we can look for opportunities to be an asset to someone who is already striving in the same direction. Helping someone else can teach us new ways of doing things. Perhaps our thoughts and perceptions have changed. Trying on a new ministry or opportunity can be exciting, interesting and fun.
'Don’t be impressed with yourself.' Don't think of ourselves as too good to serve in any certain capacity. We aren’t. Jesus specifically said that we should each be willing to serve (Matt. 20:28). Be humble enough to to serve where ever we will be an asset. Nobody is too good to start on the bottom floor.
'Don’t compare yourself with others.' Gosh, we are all very skilled at this particular area of misadventure. We want to have a gift like so and so, and we may even try to imitate them. Imitation is just that. Imitation. We all have something unique to offer that is important and worthwhile to God’s kingdom. It may not resemble anyone or anything we’ve ever seen before, but we can’t let that discourage us. Finding that niche may take time, but it’s worth the wait. Our niche, our perfect spot is waiting for us. Waiting for us to discover all it's many and varied colors and ways to minister.
'Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.' Every one of us has something special. Something that we should take responsibility for doing and doing well. Once we have discovered that gift(s), we should do our very best at whatever it is, our creative best. Don't get stuck in the box of 'this is how we have always done this'. Get creative. Our creative best may look different from someone else's or from yesterday's way of doing things.
Today may look different than yesterday and tomorrow may look different than today. Our 'calling' or the thing that God has gifted us to complete, may change. Don't fall into the comfort zone trap. We can become so comfortable that we allow yesterday's calling to define us. Explore tomorrow's opportunities. We might just discover that our joy is waiting for us there. Tomorrow is just around the corner, waiting for us to discover the new adventure that God has planned for us.