I was listening to an interview of Rich Mullins from 16 years ago and he was talking about how complicated we can make things. In the end he said, we all die and what matters to God is to just be who God made you to be.
That stopped me in my tracks. When you boil it all down to that, life feels a lot simpler. All you really have to do is to figure out, "Who did God create me to be?" And then you design your life to be that person.
God designed me to be a father, a builder and a friend. When I get to love my kids and their generation as a father does, I do it very well. When I build enterprises and make friends, I feel God's pleasure.
As I walk in that design, I'm following an assignment to help a generation join God in building his kingdom around the world. There are a lot of other things I'm interested in, but not much else that I feel compelled to do.
Whew! That clarity washes away a lot of potential anxieties. Provision is up to God. Plans are up to him. He has my back. It would be so easy to feel overwhelmed otherwise.
What about you? Do you know who God made you to be? If he is the great designer, it stands to reason that he'd work from a design when he made you.
Figuring out the design and living according to it may be the most important thing you'll ever do.
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