Accepted. Rejected. Deferred. Waitlisted. As a senior in high school, these are the words that have meant the most to me through this year. Ever since I was young, my parents have raised me to believe that my life had one trajectory: do well in high school, go to college, become a doctor, get married. That was it—my one shot to living a good life was through these steps. Now I’m at the transitioning stage between high school and college, and I’m anxiously waiting to figure out how I will follow this set-in-stone trajectory that my parents set for me. Every time I feel like I’m getting off this track, I panic and begin to question whether I’m even good enough to be on it. Whether you’re older or younger than me, I think we all have a similar path in mind that we were raised to believe was “the right one.” We develop a one-track mind and ignore every other path that comes our way. If we encounter something in our lives that isn’t associated with the “right way” (in my case, college) that we set our minds on, we brush it aside. We forget our sense of purpose.
I experience a lot of moments when I’m just going through the motions day by day, and honestly, I forget why I’m even here. Is my biggest purpose in life really just to breeze through, go to college, and work a 9-5 job? No. While that may be the trajectory of our lives, God has purposes in mind for us that are worth so much more. Instead, we are called to “be a light” to the people around us like we’re told in Matthew. We’re called to make disciples of all nations, to love one another endlessly, and to build God’s kingdom on Earth. Doesn’t that sound much more worthwhile than getting that job you really wanted or winning a video game you spent hours on?
In school, we are reading a book called The Little Prince that actually had a quote that inspired this post:
“What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
In a society based heavily on image, we are so accustomed to chasing after things that we can see: a good school, a good job, a good home. However, we are so consumed by the good that we forget about the best, God’s best, and that’s His plan for us. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
So before you get too focused on that one goal you have in mind for yourself, or you get discouraged because you feel like you’re not reaching that goal, I challenge us this week to look at the bigger picture ask ourselves whether that desire is serving our bigger purpose. God bless, and sleep easy, fam.