People are like eggs. We are all placed in this nest where we get taken care of until we reach our hatching time. From then on we start living our lives.
But some just don’t want to leave the nest. Either they are blinded from the fact that they are meant to do things, or they are simply scared of getting out of their comfort zones.
I was both.
But you know what? I finally got out of that shell the moment I was pushed out of the nest. Falling so hard cracked it open for me and now I can see clearly what the real world is like. We aren’t born (again) to stay inside our shells! And when hatched, we aren’t meant to stay on the nest either. We are nurtured and we need to go out to do our thing. Well, not our own thing, but the thing that God has purposed us to do.
Many people, Christians, think that to live life’s purpose means letting go of your dreams and just serving God in the ministry. Well, this is correct, but usually taken out of its true context. Let me go through them one by one.
LETTING GO OF YOUR DREAMS. This doesn’t mean that we should no longer dream big dreams. No! Our God is a big God, we should dream big! But big dreams should be guided by His Word and given by God himself. Big dreams should be selfless dreams. Let go of your personal agenda and go start dreaming God’s dream for you.
SERVING GOD IN THE MINISTRY. Yes, we all should do this. But then again, “ministry” isn’t limited to the four walls of the church. Whatever God is leading you to do in your workplace, campus, community, home–these all are your ministry in your service to God. You must serve God at all times and each thing that you do must be done as if you are doing it for God and not for men.
Why am I emphasizing these two? Because like what I’ve said earlier. I was blinded by my wrong perspective and I was afraid back then. I thought to live for Christ means staying nearly 24/7 in the church doing all sorts of activities. Don’t get me wrong, nothing is wrong with church activities. But what I am saying is that we must not condemn those who are working or doing other stuff that we think are not church-related. Our God is a personal God, He has a personal dealing with each one of us. I used to agree when people give comments such as, “Dati nagpapapray na magka-work, nung nagka-work, nawala na sa ministry.” Well, they have a point, I can see where they are coming from because there are some who totally turned their backs from God because of work. They have their own battles, so let us not judge them. But there are also those who just want to obey what God is telling them to do–to be excellent employees and businessmen, students even, who would bring more people closer to God through their work, thus they’d be able to give glory to God as well. I used to agree to that comment. But now, the scales have been taken out from my eyes. I can see now that we have different callings in life. Some are called for full-time work in the church and some in their companies, some in missions, and some in their local communities.
But in all these, the secret is to never judge your brother or sister because we can never know for sure what God is actually telling them. Rather, let us pray for one another that we may fulfill the purposes that God has planted in our hearts.
And yes, I got out of that shell. And I have come to realize that I am meant to spread my wings and fly towards the dream that God has placed in my heart.
Now I can see clearly why my first boss told me–that I can still serve God even when I am working in a company. She also used to tell me most of the time that I should never be a pushover, and she thinks I am so trusting and naive back then just because I am extra kind to all. I used to shrug her comments off my mind and just say to myself, “she’ll never get it because she’s not me.” But I was wrong. It was me who didn’t get her point back then. I was really young and naive back then. But I’m so glad that God removed that arrogance from my attitude and humbled me by letting me get her point now. Given the chance, I would definitely love to talk with my ex-boss and thank her for her words of wisdom.
Another thing, don’t ever let people take away your dream from you. Don’t let others push you to set aside your dream just for you to do their dreams for them.
So there, I got out of the shell. And my next step is learning to fly properly. It may be challenging and hard at times, but it is much safer and worthwhile compared to just staying in the nest and miss out on what God has in store for me in this life.
So go on and crack your shells open. Seek God. Encounter Him. And listen to that gentle whisper that He is telling your heart. If you are called for mission, go for it. If you are called for full-time church ministry work, go for it. If you are called to be excellent in your business or work, go for it. But remember the central rule, put God first above all else. Serve the King, and be responsible in the Kingdom. Honor God, honor people. Serve God, serve people. Seek God, save people by bringing them closer to God.
I have said quite a lot, thank you for sticking with me even up to this part. My prayers for you is for God to make whatever it is that your hands are doing flourish and grow. May you bear fruit, good fruit, and may your life be a living testimony of how good and great and loving our God is!
Happy Tuesday! ♡
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV)
“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NLT)