Figuring out what we were designed to do

Figuring out what we were designed to do
October 27, 2018

I have struggled a bit for a while to know what I should be doing. Back when I was an undergrad, I thought I wanted to teach high school English, and so I majored in English literature and minored in education. I went on to a teaching credential program and found out after a year that the current system of education and the structure of schools today make it very hard to teach effectively and I noticed in urban schools that many students face social and environment problems that teaching by itself does not solve.

I went into a social work program after that hoping that I could make a difference in people’s lives at the social / environmental level. I spent time in hospitals and community service agencies in search of how to best help people. I realized after a while that I did not feel like I was making a difference. People were in very difficult situations that seem hopeless and I felt so powerless to change things.

I am in a critique group for writers and this week someone had said to me that my blog post helped encourage them in their faith. That seems so simple, but for me it felt so profound. I pause to reflect on the words of the Psalmist:
You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother’s body.

I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful.
I know this very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

God knows the details of who we are and what we are good at and what makes us feel fully alive. This awareness that God knows us and that we know ourselves is life-giving. I still do not know exactly what I am called to do, but I do know my writing in some way encourages at least one person, and I enjoy writing and reflecting, and encouraging people.

I have spent a lot of time figuring out where I do not fit in and what does not bring me joy. A simple principle is to do what we enjoy and what others observe we are good at.

What are some things you do well? What are some things that bring joy and excitement into your life?

Maybe it helps to have a conversation.


Father in Heaven, thank You that You know us each individually and personally. Thank You that You created us uniquely with gifts, talents, and abilities that when we operate in them, we feel more alive. For some of us, we are not too sure yet what we are called to do. Please help us understand in different ways how you have gifted us, and may we have opportunities to use our abilities more effectively.

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