At some point we all ask ourselves the question, “Is what I’m doing with my life right for me?”
Today’s post is going to incorporate even more biblical themes and spiritual thoughts than my typical posts. If that sort of thing offends you, well then I suggest you keep reading anyways. Because this is one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves and can be one of the most difficult to answer. I’ve spent more hours of my life, with restless nights of sleep, focused on this one question than any other…but once I was able to settle this answer, all the restlessness went away.
So how do we answer this question personally? Well I think there are some things we need to take into consideration. First, let’s think about the question. IF we are going to believe that each of our lives have a unique and distinct path that we’re meant to follow, then it stands to reason that we must also believe that someone designed, not only our path, but designed us personally in such as way as that path makes sense for our life. Otherwise, everything is random and there is no logic behind having a path, profession, or career that is right for you. If we can’t settle this idea in our own heart and head, then there really is no reason to continue in pursuit of “our path”…you may as well flip a coin when making your life decisions.
However, I know that I was created, in God’s image, to be unique and distinct. As such, I want to look at some verses from Jeremiah which will allow us to glean a little understanding on this topic…
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (KJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
In verse 11, God is telling His people that He not only already knows the thoughts He has lined out for them, but that His mind is set on bringing them peace…and interestingly enough, to an “expected end”. In other words, a designed result. God knows what is right for His people and where He wants them to end up. Also notice that His plans lead to peace. (Now don’t get me wrong here, Jesus Himself said that “those who live godly will suffer persecution”, I know. I am not referring to a life full of peaceful situations where nothing will ever be difficult.) But, what I am referring to is, God’s “peace that passes all understanding.” Which brings us to the first question we need to ask ourselves. “Do I have peace, in my innermost being, about how I am spending my daily time in work and in life…even if it doesn’t make sense to those around me?” The thing is, even when times are tough and we’re in the middle of doing difficult things in life…if those things are part of God’s path to an expected end for us, then we will be at peace though it…in spite of the difficulty.
Verse 12 goes on to tell us that when we come to God and pray for His direction, He will listen. You see, God wants you on the path He has laid out for you…and He wants you to reach the goals He has planned (good goals, not bad…refer back to verse 11). It’s important to realize, that even though we have to go through some bad times as a result of being a part of this corrupt Earth, that God only ever has our best interest in mind. He really does love you and wants to bless you.
Finally, in verse 13, God is telling His people that when we do put all of our self into seeking out His direction for our life, that we will find Him and His will. Which brings me to our next question to ask ourselves. “Am I looking for God’s direction and asking for His wisdom concerning the path for my life?” It is a powerful thing to understand and know that God Himself has assigned each of us an “expected end” and that He has the means to help us accomplish our goals when we look to Him.
So how does all of this relate to being a photographer? Well, it applies to any profession really. We’re each trying to find our distinct path in this world, but because of who and what we are, we have blinders on that often prevent us from seeing how our lives work, move, and intertwine with those around us. So many people are stuck in dead end jobs that they hate…where it’s easy to feel trapped, like there’s no hope of anything better (trust me, been there…done that, for more than 15 years). It becomes so difficult to see a future with anything better on the horizon. If this is you, then I would suggest you are not living in the path God has created for you. Think of those that serve as missionaries to dangerous and impoverished countries around the world. They face the most difficult and trying times of their lives. Nothing about it is easy or comfortable, many do not know if they can raise the finances to support their mission work, and many are in life-threatening situations daily. But, they have absolute peace that God has placed them there and couldn’t imagine doing anything other.
We’re not all called to be missionaries, some of us are meant to be photographers, but we should be living our lives in the same way…because believe it or not, God has given you a mission. It may be right where you’re at…or it may involve some difficult decisions to get there. Do you have peace about your career choices? If not, start asking God’s advice on what you should be doing. Then trust and know that He will lead you and provide exactly what you need to get there!
(PS. Never think that living a Christian life excludes you from bad things in this world, for “God has made it to rain on the just and the unjust.” But it sure is nice to know that the One who created us is there to lead us through this life and give us peace, even in the bad times! Want to know more or have questions? Send me a message and I will answer as best that I can!)