So if I’m not meant to simply repeat the stories of my fathers, then how do I decide what to do with my life? What is God’s plan for me?
Perhaps most importantly, I’ve been discovering that the adventure is not the chief goal, but merely the journey along the way. (To some, this may be obvious, but it is a discovery for me…) In “The Transformation of a Man’s Heart,” John Pierce notes that “C.S. Lewis closes Till We Have Faces with these words… ‘I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?’” (p. 136) God himself is the chief goal. God himself is the answer to the question, “what should I do with my life?”
Following God’s call and being true to who He made me to be should lead to a life of significance, though significance becomes redefined. At Urbana ’12, speaker Calisto Odede noted that “we should not desire to be famous, but faithful.” Such figures as Mother Teresa lived this way – spending their lives faithfully performing menial tasks and loving people around them, not for fame but for the great treasure that is the Kingdom of God.
I’m excited to attain this treasure more and more every day! As the author of Hebrews say, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a)
How are you discovering this ultimate treasure in your own life?