What’s God’s plan for my life?
It can seem like the most important question we might ask.
But I’m starting to think that the question is, at best, a non-starter, a smoke screen, and a distraction.
Because the thing is, it’s almost inevitable that our answers to this question is a list of things to do. Goals to accomplish. Titles to earn. Recognitions to recieve.
These might be great things. Feeding the hungry. Clothing the naked. Visiting the improsoned. Curing cancer. Saving a life. Saving a soul.
No matter how good these things are on the surface, they are not enough.
Asking the question, “What does God want me to do with my life?” and expecting the answer is a laundry list of things to do, no matter how noble… this is a dangerous, and ungodly path.
I don’t worship a God who wants me to spend my life contemplating my navel. I don’t believe God wants me to disengage from the world.
But I believe that engagement in the world ought to flow out of what’s going on in my heart, my connection to Him.
And maybe this is part of why we get distracted. Part of why we answer in the wrong way.
All those outward things are easy to identify, share, and quantify. Perhaps equally importantly, they make me feel different, special, and unique.
I think the best and deepest answer to the question, “What is God’s goals for me” are universal ones. God wants all of us to live in close relation with Him.
All the rest is just a means to an end.