I imagine that a lot of us are in the same boat if we are honest.
-We want to do significant things with our lives.
-We want to make a difference in the world.
-We want to have an impact that reaches beyond ourselves.
Yet, we don’t really know where to start. Have you ever felt that way? I know I have.
A couple of years ago, this hit me in a way that I have never felt it before. As I was getting ready for bed, I was going through the nightly routine: drink of water, turn down the bed, brushing the teeth and as I looked up into the mirror, I thought to myself,
“Is this it?” Is this what I have been waiting my whole life for?
I had worked hard to get through college and graduate school, had moved to Nashville and was working for a great company and was forming community and had even found a great church here at Rolling Hills. Yet, there was something missing. I was yearning for something more.
I had noticed as a young adult in my first real job that I was already forming patterns that I didn’t enjoy or that were not fulfilling that inner drive to make a difference. I would go to work, deal with the good and bad things about my job, maybe hang out with some friends after work, go to Bible study, sleep in on Saturday, go to church on Sunday, wake up on Monday and repeat. Deep down, I knew there was more.
I would like to say that the journey out of that humdrum mentality was easy, but it was far from that. It was a constant battle to strive for more and to evaluate all that I was doing while still discerning a deeper sense of calling and purpose.
Thankfully and not suprisingly, God was so faithful during that process and began teaching me that a lot of what I was feeling could be averted if I simply did something. Just “do something”. Could it be that easy?
If I wanted a deeper sense of purpose, than I was going to have to work for that. I couldn’t be content just participating in a small group, when I knew God was wanting to step up and help lead one.
If I wanted richer community, than I was going to have to do something to make that happen. That meant showing up at places where I knew I could connect and meet others and being more intentional and not just waiting on community to find me.
If I wanted to make a difference in the world, then reading stats and trying to advocate was not going to cut it. I needed to show up when there were opportunities to serve. I needed to step out on a limb and join a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters so I could have a weekly commitment where I was investing.
And most importantly, I had to learn how to stay better connected to the Source, Christ. A lack of meaning was largely in part to how I was drifting farther away from what God had really designed for me. He was calling me a deeper level of discipleship and I had to work and “do something” to grow.
Wherever you are on this journey, my prayer is that you will not let the worries of the day, where you are in life or where you would like to be, prevent you from stepping up and simply “doing something”. Just try it. You may be surprised how it works.
Identify a few areas where you would like to find more meaning and jot down a couple quick plans of action on how to make traction on those quickly. Then, pull the trigger on those things before the week is over. Below in the Connection:Service:Depth section, you will see some things that you can connect to quickly.
Don’t let the magnitude or vastness of everything keep from you doing anything. Do Something.
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