What does it feel like to do what you were created to do? Maybe it’s the blissful, easy, lose-track-of-time feeling of finding your flow while working alone. Maybe it’s the secure, familiar feeling of fitting in with a group, such as with a team of teachers or soccer players.
Maybe it’s the thrill of charging into burning buildings, operating on human brains and hearts, or creating life-giving gardens out of garbage heaps. Whatever your calling is, it fits you because it is what you were created for.
Before you can figure out what you were created to do — or what to do with your life — you must know who created you. Your self-image and identity changes how you see yourself, others, and the world! Here’s how to plant your self-image in strength, courage, security, freedom, joy, love and peace so you can do what you were created to do…
I was created to lead, but I didn’t accept that calling until recently. I’m 48 years old; finally — a year ago — I allowed myself to believe I could be a leader through my She Blossoms blogs and books.
It wasn’t that God was withholding leadership positions from me. On the contrary! He was constantly dropping “boss girl” roles in my lap…and I kept dodging them. I’d lead for awhile, then run at the first sign of criticism or rejection. If only three or four people showed up for a meeting, I quit the group. If a subscriber un-subscribed from my Blossom Tips newsletter or left my She Blossoms Facebook Group, I’d crawl under a rock and hide.
I ignored what I was created to do because I was scared, insecure, and anxious. More importantly, I didn’t know who created me. I had no idea how much God loves me — or how much He loves you.
I thought I didn’t matter, but I was wrong. I matter more than I realize…and so do you.
What You Were Created to Do
This article is part of my “She Blossoms Through the Bible” project. I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of the Bible.
The Reason You Were Created – Step 1 was the first. By the time I reach Revelation 22:21, (“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.”), I’ll have written 1,189 “Blossoming Through the Bible” blog posts! Yikes. Talk about stepping out in faith.
God is curious. After God created every wild animal and every bird of the sky He brought each to Adam to see what he would call it. I love that God waited to see what Adam would name each creature on earth! God didn’t create elephants or eagles already named. He artfully formed them and waited with baited breath to see what man would do. What was one thing Adam was created to do? Name the birds and animals. Our calling can be just as clear as Adam’s — if we are as curious as God.
God has a place for all people. In Genesis 1:2 it says God took Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden. God had a specific place for a specific man, a specific man for a specific purpose, and a specific time for a specific season. He didn’t accidentally drop Adam and Eve in some random place on earth. He created them to be in the Garden of Eden at that point in time.
God loves freedom! He gave Adam and Eve freedom to choose their path. God created a beautiful world filled with interesting, fruitful, productive, healthy animals, plants and human beings. He didn’t create robots to blindly worship Him. God created living beings — in His own image — who have freedom to willingly choose to love, follow, and glorify Him.
If you don’t have a relationship with your Creator, read How to Find God and Change Your Life Forever.
You are created in God’s image. God is curious, creative, and free. Guess what? So are you! You are free to figure out what you were created to do and be. In fact, your job here on earth is to grow into who God wants you to be. This means a million different things and affects your life in a million different ways. You’ll make mistakes, get hurt, and even hurt people you love. It’s inevitable. But if you keep your heart and spirit centered on Jesus, you won’t stray away for long. You’ll keep coming home to God, your Creator.
You are in the right place. You’re reading this She Blossoms blog post because God led you here. I wrote this article — What You Were Created to Do — because God created me to study, write, and teach. And, yes, lead. God put you in your body, skin, home, job, culture, city and country for a reason. Don’t fight what can’t be changed. If you’re not doing what you were created to do, be grateful that you’re free to move in a different direction!
You are free to choose and re-choose. Maybe Adam saw a ten-ton thick-skinned grey animal with tusks and floppy ears and immediately knew it must be called “elephant.” Or, perhaps he called it an eagle, eel, or egg first. Those names didn’t feel right, so Adam re-named the elephant until it felt right. Your life is unfolding the exact same way! Today you may not know what you were created to do, and that’s okay. Your job is to try different roles, names, and responsibilities until you find what fits you.
What You Were Created to Do
Look at your life. When I look back at my life, I see dozens of leadership roles and responsibilities. I ran from every one of them — until now, with She Blossoms. God wasn’t whispering in a still small voice. He was shouting from the rooftops: “Laurie, this is what you were created to do! I know you’re scared. I know you feel inferior and insecure. I know you’ve been abused by people who were supposed to love you…but I didn’t create you to live in that season forever. I know what you were created to do, and I want you to grow and flourish.”
Take action and listen. In Step 1 (The Reason You Were Created), I encouraged you to create something only you can create. Do this! A fantastic way to figure out what you were created to do is to do something. Do the next thing that’s in front of you. Maybe it’s volunteering, or touring a college campus to see the possibilities. Maybe it’s meeting a friend in Portugal or Port-au-Prince. Maybe it’s moving to a new church, community, or city.
You’ll never figure out the purpose of your life — what you were created to do — unless you start taking small steps in some direction. Doesn’t have to be the exact right direction! Just move forward, see what happens, and adjust course as necessary. It really is as simple as that.
What do you think? Your comments are welcome below!
With His love,
P.S. If you’re struggling with a difficult decision or starting a new season in life, read An Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will.