As I was driving to work the thought came to my mind. How would I approach life differently if I had confidence that I was called to be where I am in life (at work, church, family, relationships, etc.)? What if I had a history of God being faithful to me and me to Him? If I knew God would take care of me financially would I stop striving? Would I stop worrying?
I knew I would be at peace if I had confidence that I am where I am supposed to be and doing what I am called to do at this time in my life. I felt like God spoke to my heart in that moment, “you are where you are supposed to be and can have confidence.” Some scriptures came to mind:
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Mark 12:30
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33
As I sat here writing this, I recalled scrolling thorough Facebook one day when I clicked on a video of a pastor preaching that a friend had linked (I left his name out since I probably butchered the quote). He said something to the effect of, “some of you are praying for God to give you a new job. Most likely the job you have is where you are called to be. Maybe it is you who needs to change, not your circumstances.” With that being said, there are times God does have a different job or change in life situation for us. Every time recently when I think I need something in order to fulfill what God has called me to, I feel like God tells me, “you have everything you need to fulfill what I have called you to.”
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
I am not perfect but I am pursuing God. Pursuing God isn’t striving and worrying. I think it is a relationship of trust. When I trust, worry and striving are gone. I know God will guide me along in my journey as I trust Him.
One More Story
I was standing washing dishes in the kitchen when I saw a neighbor kid who needs Jesus kicking a soccer ball. My heart was longing for him to know Jesus and have healing in his life. I thought about how I could show him Jesus love. After a moment I thought about how I ask God to show me how I can love those around me, and how my focus (when asking) is often on people outside of my family. I then felt like God reminded me to not forget to ask Him for a greater heart for my wife and children, and how I can love them more.
I do love my family and they are a priority which is evident through my actions. The difference is seeking God for His heart for them. God loves my family more than I do and wants to give me a greater heart and strategy for loving my family.
You can seek God right now for a confidence in where you are working and your life situation. If you know God has something else for you pursue it, if not, be confident that you are where you are supposed to be. Also, I encourage you to seek God for your immediate family and ask Him how He sees them.