The following is a guest blog from Lynne Focht, director of the Children’s Ministry at Spirit Life Church.
Lately my Facebook feed has links to these quizzes where you discover things about yourself. Like which 80’s TV character you might be, which Taylor Swift album you are, which flower represents you, what your name really means, etc. I like playing these quizzes because I, like so many others, want to know more about myself. But I do also understand that they are pretty much meaningless entertainment.
I already know certain things about myself, good and bad qualities that make up most of my personality. I know that God has given me special talents to use in this life to fulfill my purpose.
1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
What I struggle with is what I assume many others do, which is finding what exactly my purpose is and how to use my talents to serve that purpose. I have always been an undecided sort of person. My sister knew when she was in kindergarten that she wanted to be in the medical field when she grew up. She hasn’t wavered from that goal and is now a successful pharmacist, helping others daily. I remember that my first occupation was going to be a clown because I wanted to make people laugh. After that I wanted to be a police sketch artist, a buyer, a social worker, an interior decorator, a geologist, and an alpaca farmer. My path has never been clear to me. I was undecided my first two years of college, then declared Art Education as a major. I loved it and was very successful. I became a high school teacher for eight years, and then quit to find another path. I found myself at Spirit Life Church.
Many people I know complain about their jobs, their spouses, their houses, and their bad luck in life. We’ve been taught to believe that dissatisfaction is a bad thing, and that we should do everything possible to avoid it. Shove it down. Ignore it. Act like it doesn’t bother us. Take a pill. Put on a smile. Buy something new, or decide that misery is part of “bearing our cross.” But above all, don’t consider that God might be using it to make us uncomfortable so we’ll want to swim in another ocean where our gifts can shine. But it can also be a road sign that He has another purpose for us. So if you’re miserable in your current career or job, (and you have been for a long time), you’ve prayed, sought counsel from others, and you’re still miserable, consider that God may have another plan.
It can be very difficult to break a rut in life. And scary. But in order to grow as a person, we have to change ourselves and our thinking. Oprah said, “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And it’s how you most truly come alive.”
Lynne Focht is director of Go!, the children’s ministry at Spirit Life Church. Click here to learn more about Go! Children’s Ministry.