Who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
—2 Timothy 1:9
One of the anxieties we face at different times in our lives is how to determine our purpose in life. Books are written on the subject, seminars are held, discussion with friends abound. There is within us an inner angst about whether or not our life matters, whether it has meaning, what legacy we will leave behind.
We want to avoid the mistake of ignoring our purpose and finding ourselves at life’s end regretting that we never discovered what we were suppose to do or be. So, we work hard to discover our purpose, and oftentimes find it strangely elusive.
Perhaps our purpose in life seems so hard to pinpoint because it is not something we chase and claim. Rather, it unfolds and is revealed to us by the grace of heaven. It comes to us through the living of our lives. It comes to us when we are attentive and aware—when we are mindful enough to glimpse the revelation.
The promise of God is that we have a calling and it is holy. It was given to us from before time. It is like a fine treasure meant for us alone. There is hardly any more worthwhile or engaging enterprise than keeping our eyes and heart open, ready to slip into that space that is as much a part of us as clouds are to the sky.
Instead of working so hard to figure out our purpose through some type of external exercise, we might do well to look for the hidden treasure glimmering in our own soul.
Gracious God, may I remember that my calling is not something that I must find but rather a gift that I can open by looking inside myself.