Purpose. How differently does your life look during the seasons that you feel like you’re pursuing what was purposed for you? When you’re doing what you were meant to do? Maybe you haven’t reached that point yet and you’re still on the journey of “figuring out your purpose.” Well let me tell you this – everyone on this earth has purpose. Personally, I don’t believe that each person has one purpose, or one specific thing they were meant to do. I think we all have multiple things we are meant to do and experience based on God’s will for us. And sometimes it takes a little patience and some prayer to discover what that will and purpose is.
If you read my last post (I know it’s been a while), you might remember how I had recently felt the Lord lay on my heart so strongly that He wanted me to get back involved with our youth and specifically pour into high school aged girls. This excited me because I have always had a passion for leading and taking younger girls under my wing. Instinctively, my first hesitation was HOW? What exactly do You want me to do, God? Am I supposed to lead a youth group at church? Am I supposed to find a girl in high school who wants a mentor? Should I get more involved with FCA again (which is a huge part of my story) or Young Life? Finding something that I could really invest in while balancing it with my full time job seemed a little stressful, but I still sought after this idea God planted inside my heart.
For weeks I continually prayed for direction. I would ask, “God, what direction am I supposed to go? Are You going to put an opportunity in front of me? What door am I supposed to walk through?” I immediately reached out to some folks around Nashville to see if there was something that would surface, but no opportunities were appearing. But I couldn’t shake this calling. I knew I was called to pursue it. For over a month I let this calling just sit in my heart. I continued to pray and ask God to open up a door so I could pursue this.
Then one day, after persistent prayer, not only did that door open, but THREE doors opened. AT ONCE. I got a call one evening from an old soccer coach of mine asking if I would be interested in a coaching job at his high school. Not even ten minutes later, I got a call from another high school for a different coaching job. Two days later, a third school reached out about a coaching position at their high school. I’d just like to point out that I had zero coaching experience. Zilch. Nada! I hadn’t even really ever considered coaching. And then BAM. It’s like God laid it right in my lap and said “I want you to do this.” Without hesitation, on top of my full time job, I returned to my alma mater, Christ Presbyterian Academy, to coach the high school JV soccer team. And I know I am where I need to be.
Purpose. Leading these girls, pouring into them, and teaching them the game of soccer was a part of my purpose. Before that first phone call, I had absolutely no idea that’s where I was being led. Now, I could see myself coaching the rest of my life. Because it feels different when you pray for direction and answers, you are patient, and then God leads you to the right door. I absolutely love those girls. I am so glad I remained persistent in prayer instead of giving up on that idea God planted in my heart. Pray for your purpose, and His plan to be revealed. He will answer!
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15 –