Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What is my purpose?

    I believe I have many purposes. I have different jobs in many areas in my life. I am a youngest child, the observer who comforts the family members. I am a teammate, the person who celebrates for other people and makes everyone work harder than they thought possible. I am a friend, who loves to laugh. I am a daughter, who looks up to her parents tremendously and strives to obey them. I am a child of God, whose purpose is to worship and glorify Him.
     The new famous question these days are, “where are you going to college at?” or “what do you want to major in?” I still don’t know what my purpose is in these areas. I don’t know what I want to be when I “grow up” or where I want to be. Right now I have the mindset that I can do anything and am up for everything. I will just trust God. Sometimes I wonder if my purpose is to reach out to children, but I still don’t have a clear direction to that area. Although I am at a place in life where I am unsure of what I want to do in my future, I can always have the ability to say that my purpose is to follow God. 
     I have a purpose everywhere I am. God’s timing is perfect. There are many incidences where I wouldn’t want to go somewhere, but I tell myself I will have a good attitude about it anyways and I end up having a blast because I get to see the reason why God had me there. The thing that can be frustrating at times is when you don’t know what God’s purpose is for you. At times it is very difficult to trust God; the one who died on the cross for you. You would think it’d be easy to trust someone who is all-powerful and mighty, the one who created us. I experienced this just last year. Trying to decide which school to go to was so difficult for me. I kept praying about it, but I still never knew where God wanted me to be. Not until last minute did I realize where God intended me to be. Even then I questioned myself until I actually got to school for the first day and was given a warm welcoming by the volleyball team.
     That leads me to another one of my purposes, my purpose as an athlete. Although my main purpose in sports is to give 110%, there are a few extra purposes. In volleyball, my purpose is to get my job done. I am a defensive specialist, so my job is to keep the ball from touching the floor – no matter what. In track, my purpose is to get points for the team. Sometimes you don’t want to be in a specific event that the coaches want you in, but you do it anyways because you know it’s the best you can do for the team. Mom and Dad always made it clear to us children what our purpose is. They always taught us that our purpose was to always give God the glory in everything we do and to always follow Him.
    I think it is so important to say and understand what our purpose is. People have many different opinions as to what our purpose is, but without a purpose we have nothing to live for. It would be very difficult to live each day if you didn’t think you had a purpose in life. I also believe that I have a big purpose just as the youngest child. Most people think that the baby of the family is just plain spoiled and their parents do everything for them. Well, this isn’t true in my family. My parents made sure of it, trust me. They did not give anyone the slightest chance to say that I was the “favorite” child just because I was the youngest. They made me and all my siblings learn what work is at a very early age. This is something that I am very thankful for. My purpose as the youngest child is to listen. I was always the observer and just laughed with the family and listened. When one of my sisters was in a bad mood, I would always just sit with them and let them talk it out.
    When I look back on my life I would say my purpose was to show love to people. God gifted me with a caring heart. I was always known as the little girl that would go around church hugging all of the older people. Most people would agree that I don’t cry very often or easily. Yeah, I cry when I laugh really hard, but that’s not what I mean. What people don’t know is how easy it is for me to cry. Pain doesn’t affect me at all; it’s seeing other people’s pain that impacts me. If you feel sad, I’m sad. I’m never happy if one person is even slightly upset. So, what is my purpose? My purpose is to follow God and show everyone His love along the way.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel,

    It is a confusing time at this juncture of life but you will figure it out! I can just see you going around hugging people! How sweet! It is nice to know that you do understand your ultimate purpose.