“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
I know this is where I am supposed to be because He has called me here.
Though this is my story, it may not be yours. You may be in a new place in this new year and are wondering if your roots will ever sink. Or, you may be in an old place and your roots still haven't gained any ground. Either way, there are a few things that can help you gain a sense of purpose right where you are.
Take ownership of your job. Yes it is true—a job can just be a job, but only if you let it! According to my calculations, most people spend somewhere around 65% of their awake hours at their job. This is huge! Do what you can to love your job—find purpose in it so that you get more than just a paycheck. How, you ask? People. Invest in those around you, and your time will be worth while. Whether it be co-workers, clients, customers, or strangers—take the time to make your day count. Chances are, you aren't the only one having a bad day, or that just learned a new recipe, or that just started a new television series. Strike up a simple conversation and start a new relationship.
Get involved in your community. Take the time to do a little research and find out what's going on in your community. The more you get involved, the more you'll feel connected. Find something that you are already, or you could see yourself becoming, passionate about and lend a hand! A new organization has recently been started in my community and it focuses on creating awareness and helping foster children and families. I jumped right in, and boy, has it been an eye-opening and fulfilling experience. I now have a few new friends and an avenue to give back to my community.
Find a church you love. It really makes a difference in your attitude and life when you are attending a church you love and look forward to participating in. Once again, the more you are involved, the more connected you'll feel. Also, since Phillip and I have been attending First Baptist in Tifton, we have been so encouraged! No wonder Jesus told us to fellowship with other believers.
Trust that God is a Good Father. I know everyone says “trust The Lord”, “stop worrying so much”, “let go and let God”...just to name a few. And most of the time—these type of responses do nothing for our soul. When your heart is broken, you're dealing with depression, or loneliness takes over, sometimes words just aren't enough. When those moments come, because they will, the ONLY thing that will give you peace and contentment is Jesus. One of my favorite songs right now is “Good Good Father”. The only version I know is what we sing it at church! But I have found a link and would love for you to listen to it sometime.
“You're a Good, Good Father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am”
It is so important to remember that God is a GOOD Father and He knows exactly how to take care of His children. I can now look back on certain events in my life when I thought my world was falling apart and see how God was just adjusting my path in order to work everything together for my good. If I had been in charge of my life oh, what a mess it would have been! It is comforting to know that He loves us enough to guide our every step.
In this new year, I'm going to enjoy where I'm planted and blossom. I wish the same for you and yours!