As a young quixotic college student, I declared business as my major because I wanted to be like my dad, and I was enamored by the successful career paths that some of my sorority sisters were experiencing. My father had built a fulfilling career as a financial planner. And my friends were thriving in their respective fields of business.
Doors of opportunity were readily opening in many arenas of business. The possibilities seemed endless—the sky’s the limit kind of opportunities. It seemed glamorous to wear suits, pumps, carry a briefcase, and travel. Naive thinking!
I desired to live this life, but deep down I knew my heart wasn’t suited for that career path but pride and misguided desires kept me from admitting my mistake.
I had no idea how costly it would be to my heart to chase someone else’s dream.
Sheer misery would describe my first career position. It wasn’t the company’s fault. I didn’t fit in, nor did I find fulfillment in corporate America. I was better suited for other career fields.
I had ignored the passions, desires, and dreams that God had placed in my heart. I wanted someone else’s dreams because hers seemed more interesting-exciting-important.
I’ve learned the hard way that I’ve got to stay in my own God ordained life lane and run the race I was born to run. I’m the only one who can run it. I wasn’t meant to run my dad’s or friends’ races. Comparison has no place here. It is crippling. Soul killing.
My dear sister, are you running in your own life lane? Are you running the race God ordained for you since the foundation of the world? Or, are you chasing someone else's dream? My friend, this matters because you matter. Your life matters…
God wants us to feel the pleasure of His smile when we live the life we were born to live.
When we diligently seek God we find our life, our calling, our purpose. It is from this vantage point that we can make a difference and produce lasting eternal fruit.
This is living life on purpose.
Scriptures to ponder:
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.
(Ephesians 1:11-12, MSG)
May the words of these Scriptures strengthen your heart. May they offer you hope and direction for today. All your days are seen and matter to God.
Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.~Author Unknown
Author: Maryanne Abbate