God has made you uniquely you. Do you realize that?
We so often compare ourselves to others and evaluate ourselves as better or worse. But God wants us to compare ourselves to whom He wants us to be. I really don't like the phrase many adults pass on to young people: "You can be whatever you want to be." This is just not true. A 4 foot 6 inch basketball player will never make it to the NBA. If you can't sing, you will not be singing the anthem at the Oilers and Flames Battle of Alberta.
God says, " You can be exactly who I want you to be."
God has given us gifts and abilities and skills. Some are natural or hereditary. Some are ones we learn. Some are specifically God-given. I remember a young man whose Spiritual Gifts Inventory suggested he had the gift of Mercy. His friend laughed, because it seemed so impossible. It wasn't until this friend observed this young man as he was visiting a dying friend in the hospital. His gift of mercy came across so clearly that there was no doubt this was a gift from God.
Our role is to learn to be who God wants us to be. Much of who God wants us to be is found in scripture. God has much to say about what He expects from his children. But more than that, God has certain things he asks of us specifically. In the Old Testament, Mordecai suggests to Esther that she came to her position "for such a time as this". Sometimes God has a specific role for us in a specific place and time.
Sometimes God calls us to a certain role. Moses didn't have much choice when God chose him to be the leader of his people in leaving Egypt and heading to the promised land. Jeremiah is told that God had a plan for him before he was even born.
Some of us find the sweet spot of becoming exactly and doing exactly of what God wants of us. And life is good, even when opposition comes, because you know you are doing what God wants. Some of us struggle to find what that is. Where do I fit? What direction should I go?
In the last while I have realized that God has been redirecting me. I knew He called me to be a pastor, and I enjoyed that role for 25 years. Now, over the last couple of years, God has been redirecting me. Through the wise counsel of friends and family, and through prayerfully listening to God, I am beginning to find what that is.
How about you? Sometimes we need someone else to help us. Allow me to help you. Please reach out and I will do my best to assist you in your search for clarity.
God loves you and has called you to be you. I pray you can find exactly what He desires you to be and do.
Author: Andy Wiebe
In 25 years of pastoral ministry I have loved preaching and teaching. I enjoy encouraging and helping believers and pastors become the best they can be. And I love the church, desiring it to be the best it can be.