Have you ever had days when the “same ol’, same ol’” feels like it’s just sucking the life right out of you? Have you ever felt like you’ve “missed it” somehow – destroyed the destiny you might’ve had by making a wrong choice, a huge error, or even just wasting time?
Have you ever looked up to the sky and asked, “Why am I even here?”
We’ve all been there. But the fact is, it’s never too late to discover your destiny or to make course corrections and get back on track to it. How? Because our God is a God of “do-overs”!
Look at Moses who got a do-over after killing a man (his fault). Look at Joseph who got a do-over after spending 22 years in prison (not his fault). Whether you’re ten or eighty, God has a destiny for you. And it’s a good destiny – one that will give your years life and your life purpose. It will get you out of bed and excited to get moving every morning. And it will allow you to know that you’re making a real difference in the world which, essentially, adds up to “eternal purpose”.
I’m reminded of a young woman who had moved to a new town and had no job or money or husband (he’d died); all she had was an old woman to take care of and no food to feed her.
Eventually, the woman got a job harvesting in the fields, barely making any money, and really just living off of what she was able to pick from the fields and take home. And she did this day in and day out, day in and day out, day in and . . . you get the idea; you’ve been there.
By now, you realize I mean Ruth. But did you ever wonder what she was thinking during those long, hot hours in the fields?
How did I get here? Did I make the wrong choice? What will happen if I can’t work anymore? Why won’t anyone talk to me? Where would I be if I’d stayed in Moab? Will I die here . . . ?
Long story short: Ruth had no idea that she had an incredible destiny, that someday she’d marry a rich man and eventually be counted as the great-great grandmother of King David! Nor did Joseph, rotting away in prison, ever dream that he’d be in charge of all of Egypt. Nor did Moses, a murderer and fugitive, in his wildest dreams, ever imagine that one day he’d be the deliverer of the entire nation of Israel.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, didn’t do or tried to do and failed – God has a plan for your life, a purpose, a destiny – and it’s a good one. And only you can fulfill it. No one else in all the earth has the combination of talent, ability, mindset, personality and life experience that you have. You, and only you, can fulfill the purpose for which God planted you on this planet.
Think about that.