Are you living as you were called?
“Only let each person lead the life that the LORD has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” I Cor. 7:17
"What are you going to be when you grow up?”
“What will you do after college?”
So many people ask these questions, and they are normal questions to ask. Yet, there is also a certain pressure to give the “correct” answer. And, if you are a girl it can become even harder.
I remember being in high school with the pressure to answer these questions. We had to take test in school to find out what our strengths were so that the counselors could “help” us map out our future. I tested high in (your going to laugh)....
I loved Landscape Architecture
So I followed the “wisdom” of the advisors and went to college for a few years. I enjoyed some of it, hated other parts of it. I really felt that I was wasting my time and my money, but this was what I was suppose to do, right? I finally took a break from the whole college thing to work and earn money, thinking I would finish up my degree later when I could afford it.
I desperately wanted to move to the mountains, so packing up my little Ford truck, and headed to Colorado. Long story short, God had a plan. I finally met my husband, married and began a family.
Years later, one of the children asked me “the” question;
“Mommy, what did you want to be when you grew up?”
All these years later, I finally had the wisdom, and the courage to answer this question truthfully.
“I always to be a mommy to a lot of little darlin’s!”
I think someone chuckled and said something along the lines of, “Well, that's good, since that is what you are.”
Why is it that being married, serving my family, and being a mommy aren’t good enough answers for most people?
I have an opinion here of course, but it isn’t the point of this post.
Well, then, what is my point?
As Christians, I believe that we must encourage those younger than us to seek the LORD’s plans for their lives! Boy or girl, the LORD does have a purpose for their lives. The Bible gives plenty of guidance, as does the leading of the Holy Spirit. I saw it in Jace. He was a young man ready to live his life. We had trained him that a man should work to support himself and his family. He should use his God given strengths and gifts to serve the LORD and those around him. At eighteen he left home, and he was ready for whatever his future was. He did go to college and will graduate this summer. (And, yes, I am very proud of him.) He is married now, and takes responsibility for himself, his family and his work - the way a man should. Most of us can agree with this with a hearty “Amen”.
And Kalyn? What about her? She has graduated from high school, and there have been questions for years actually that have caused a certain amount of pressure for her. Of course the questions are normal and to be expected, asked with love and interest; desires to encourage and support her on the next leg of her journey. Still, the pressure has been there, because she doesn’t feel that she is to follow the “normal”. Ultimately, she believes what she has learned in the Bible and from her walk with the LORD. She feels in her heart that it is a noble and good thing to be a woman who will someday marry and care for her family. So why is it harder for a girl to give that as an answer? Sadly, it just doesn’t seem to be “good enough”. She has also wanted to be a missionary since she was 5 years old, and told me in no uncertain terms. See, she really has always known deep down.
And now my job as her mother is to encourage her, to support her, and to remind her to live as she is called by the LORD, her God.
I also find encouragement for myself as I read the above verse. I once told my mother, as we were bringing home our last two children, that “yes”, it is hard, but I just feel that I was born to do this work.
So for you, who ever you are today, seek the Lord for the answers to your questions. Seek HIIM,
and LIVE AS YOU ARE CALLED.