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Are you a Thing-a-ma-jig?

Tonight I decided to finally change that burned out light bulb that is just out of reach even though in the past when I’ve tried to change it I’ve nearly killed myself stumbling around the bed atop some pillows and small footstool, but what can I say, fashion called for it. I literally couldn’t06d569c0-a0a7-4a3d-b0d9-3606c9910144 tell navy from black, and most women know that navy and black are two totally different things. First I put my laundry hamper face down on the bed. Then I stepped on top, and, boom, it caved. Okay, don’t give up. I then piled two pillows on the bed and sprung up onto them grabbing the light fixture with one hand. Probably not one of my best moments, practically dangling from the light fixture. In any case, I ended up changing the bulb, possibly with some strained muscles as a result.

After changing the bulb, I began cleaning up the house. After all, my sister is coming, and she’s only been to this apartment once before. Laundry put away, check. Kitchen clean, check. Then, while laying out a sweater to dry, I spot a strange item, a wrinkled, shriveled piece of cardboard on the ironing board. I pick it up to examine it, squinting in wonder and confusion. How did this get here? I don’t even know what it is. Did Mark leave this here? He’s always leaving strange things around my house, like stuff out of his pockets. But even if it was his, what is it?

It’s funny how context can really help us discover what something is. I turn to take the item to the trash, when out of the corner of my eye I see the light bulb box. I pick it up too and begin to close it when right there, I see what the shriveled cardboard is. It’s the padding that was wrapped around the new bulb!

This is how people can perceive our identity if we don’t know our purpose. See, I didn’t know the purpose of the shriveled piece of cardboard, and it only confused me the more I looked at it. If we don’t know what our purpose is as children of God, people may look at us as if we are an unknown, someone wandering without a path, but as children of God we already know that living for God and being His disciple is our purpose. We also know that God knit us when we were in our mother’s womb for a particular purpose and a specific path. If we know this, then we don’t need to know what tomorrow holds to be obedient disciples and let God’s particular purpose and path for us unfold. When people see that you know who you are in Christ, they won’t squint in wonder, but they will say, “Hey, that person is really secure in who God made them to be.” Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

I encourage you to be more than a thing-a-ma-jig (something that has no identity), but live out your identity and purpose as a child of God.

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A Peaceful Path

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For months, even years I have prayed for direction in my career. My current job was just something I stumbled upon when I was in fashion design school nine years ago. Since then I have been blessed with wonderful coworkers, wise mentors, and meaningful life experiences. I have had days when I was perfectly content with my job, and days, like all of us, when I have wanted to walk out and not come back. Thankfully God has always given me strength and opened my eyes to His purpose for me right where I was at.

While at home sick this last week I spent time in prayer, persistently asking for guidance about my next career steps. I have felt for some time now that God would be leading me into a new field or something much different than my current position. Then one morning I woke up at 4:00 a.m. Wide awake, I opened my eyes and had what one might call an “ah-ha!” moment. Suddenly I knew I exactly what God wanted for my life as far as my career, and I knew it was from God because this new step makes total sense for me, my skills, passions, and hopes for the future. I felt completely at peace, unlike past career decisions.

Many times it seems God keeps us in the uncomfortable waiting room of life, squirming in our seats, watching the second hand while He has already paved the path for us. Or maybe it is that our eyes are not open to His plan even though we are desperately asking for his guidance. Perhaps we’d rather snuggle into the comfort of the metaphoric couch of routine than have to face the changes of tomorrow. Whatever the case may be, when we find that well-plan path He’s built for each of us, we are guaranteed peace in our spirits even if it stirs up discomfort in our routine.

As I think back on the last nine years, I know that I have not always taken the peaceful path, and I can guarantee there will be days when I wander off the path again, but God reminds me daily that I could not be His beautiful mosaic had I not been broken first.

Published on Oct 21, 2013. Music video by Steven Curtis Chapman performing Something Beautiful (Official Pseudo Video). (C) 2013 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment. Music “Something Beautiful” by Steven Curtis Chapman

In future posts you will hear more about my next steps. I am working toward them little by little each day, and I look forward to sharing more very soon.