At this time of my life many people have been asking what I want to do with my life. The truth is I do not know exactly what the future holds for me. But I have been felt called to serve as a missionary in some capacity. So, when someone asks me what I plan on doing I tell them that I plan to major in something along the lines of Biblical/Christian studies.
But the responses I have received have not all been confidence boosters. I have heard:
“You won’t make any money doing that.”
“Why would you want to do that?”
Don’t get me wrong, I have gotten some good responses. But, those negative responses seem to outweigh the positive ones sometimes.
The thing is I feel set apart. Set apart to be a part of something important. The spreading of the Word and love of Jesus Christ.
I feel like that is something pretty amazing to be a part of.
A lot of people do not understand how deep this feeling runs in me. It is not just some thought that I have had. Throughout my life I have felt this tug to be a missionary and/or serve in a ministry capacity.
When I was in kindergarten or first grade I attended one of the weekly services we had at the private Christian school I went to, and this was my first-time hearing about what I hope to do one day. There was a family of missionaries that presented their story to our school. I felt so moved by their story and how much of an impact they were having on the people they came into contact with, even though I was only 5 or 6 years old. To this day I remember this presentation and how passionate they were about what they had been doing. At that moment, there was a tug in the back of my mind that told me that I was being called to do this.
This thought went out of my mind for a while until I got to high school. I went on a couple of youth trips and we would do some volunteer work in the community. There I fell in love with this interaction with people who are less fortunate than me and what I can do for them. Whether this was just handing them food or speaking with them. At this time, the idea of putting my future in the capable hands of God did not really click in my mind, but now I know this is what I am meant to do.
For a long time, I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my future. I went from one thing to another and I was not passionate about any of them. Then, I do not know how, but the idea of being a missionary popped back into my mind. I think this is an amazing example of how God works through us. There are many twists and turns incorporated but there He is ready to lead you when you put your life in His hands.
“Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.”
Proverbs 16.3 (MSG)
I am putting my faith in God and His plans for me. I know many will think this is not a good idea, but I know that He has this in His hands.
I am sure many of my peers do not understand why I am so passionate about this. But I know I have been set apart.
I am different.
You are different.
You and I are different.
But we are called.
“My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.”
1 John 4:4-6 (MSG)
God is so great and the way this future has begun to unfold is amazing. I am so thankful for those in my life that are so supportive of this calling I have and the amazing Father in Heaven that has called me.
I have been set apart to be a part.
You are set apart to be a part.