Over the past month or so I have talked with many people and heard many stories from people who are questioning their direction in life. Some of these people are young, some are in transition in their lives, others are entering into their retirement journey. They are all searching - searching for meaning in their lives, searching for a purpose.
So much of the searching that I see today revolves around the question, "Who am I?" Am I defined by my work? Am I defined by my family? Am I defined by the activities that I am involved in? Who am I?
But, I think, this is the wrong question to ask. Instead of asking, "Who am I?" why not turn the question around and ask, "Whose am I?" When we ask this question, we start to see with opened eyes that we are special, needed, and cared for people. We can answer that question in this way: I am God's. I was created in God's image. I am his child, and he is the loving parent who will always be there for me.
You see, God has created you as one-of-a-kind. He has created you with specific gifts and talents. He has created you out of love and compassion. He has also created you to be in relationships - relationships with him and with others. These relationships, while sometimes a struggle, open us to see the blessings that God pours out on all of his creation.
It is also through these relationships that we start to discern the gifts that God has given to us. We discover our passions, our loves, our talents, and we are even given opportunities to use these gifts in amazing ways. And when we do this, when we share our gifts and grow in our relationships (with God and others) we start to see more clearly what our purpose is, for God gave us these gifts to use, not to have them sit on a shelf and collect dust.
My prayer today is that you would discover your gifts, and in the process discover what God is calling you to be and do. For you are one of God's beloved, and he continues to shower you with blessings and love.