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    “What Do I Do If I Don’t Know My Purpose Yet?”

    Hi girls! I’m sorry that I had to cancel the July 23rd and 30th Faith Chats, but I’m at camp with my amazing youth group. My girls asked me to tell you all “hi!” We’re having an awesome time learning about the inescapable love of our heavenly Father and the purpose He’s given to each of us.

    That’s what I want to talk about today, purpose.

    My parents got married on October 28, 1978. I was born June 26, 1979. If you do the math, you’ll notice that I was born only 8 months after my parents got married. I wasn’t premature. I think I even remember my mom telling me once that I was born a little past my due date, so I should’ve been born about one week earlier.

    We all know that women are pregnant for approximately 9 months, so if I wasn’t premature and I was born when my parents had only been married for 8 months then…you guessed it! My mom was pregnant with me when she and my dad got married.

    When I was old enough to figure out the difference between my birth and my parents’ wedding, I started to wonder if I was an accident. Was it possible that I was never supposed to be here at all? If that was true, then I had no purpose because I wasn’t supposed to exist.

    Thankfully, that’s not the case at all! My parents never treated me like an accident. In fact, my mom used to tell me that it was because they loved me so much that they wanted to have more kids. So, they had my two beautiful sisters: Amanda and Christina.

    Girls, I wanted to tell you that story because sometimes it can seem like we’re just drifting through life without a purpose. When we feel like there’s no purpose for us, we can start to wonder if God really ever meant for us to be here in the first place. I know people who even feel like they were just born at the wrong time in history or to the wrong family, but that’s not true; God doesn’t make mistakes!

    Nothing is an accident with God. Your heavenly Father, the loving Creator has never sat up in heaven and said, “Oops, oh well, there’s nothing I can do about them now.” That’s not who God is. God saw your face long before your parents conceived you. It doesn’t matter if your parents planned to have you at a certain time or not, God planned on you for just the right time and place. Where and when you are is exactly how He meant for it to be.

    You might not know your purpose yet, but God has one planned for you. Sometimes He doesn’t reveal our purpose to us right away because we might try to run off and accomplish it without Him, and He wants to be a part of everything that He has planned for you. He wants to be by your side for everything; God doesn’t want to miss out on a single detail of your fabulous, planned existence. Until He reveals your purpose to you, make your purpose to worship Him with all of your heart.

    Has the Lord revealed His purpose for you yet? Are you sharing the journey with Him?

    The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37:23 NLT).

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    16 COMMENTS

    1. I know my purpose is to help people through encouragement and just through talking to them. However, I don’t know what specific career God wants me to do that through. Great article, I love reading all your writings!

      • I know what you mean! I am just starting my third semester of community college to get general education out of the way. After taking a year off and just working/volunteer working I’d figure God would reveal to me what he wants me to do. I still don’t know what career field to go into. I wish he’d just audibly tell me. Haha!

    2. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.”
      I really thought this applied to this article and I hope it gave you some encouragement! Don’t give up

    3. That’s funny that the picture for this article is of a girl wearing a shirt with the word ‘Volunteer’ on it and helping someone in a hospital because I’ve been praying about whether or not I should volunteer at my local hospital. I really want to volunteer because I want to go into the medical field someday. This was a great article.

      • It’s a good idea. I’m doing it right now, and loving it. Some places won’t let you until you’re 18, but mine did. I do have limitations, and can only do a select number of the jobs. If you’re intersested in medicine, make sure you like the hospital envirement. I happen to like it, and want to work in one someday. The picture reminds me of the hospital, even though our uniforms are a lot different. We have to wear scrubs.

    4. This is very encouraging, thanks. This article is my life story. It’s my last year in college and I still don’t know what my purpose is, or what I’m going to do with my life or for a career. But despite this it’s not like God has been absent. I’ve noticed amazing changes in my life that only God could do, and I’ve grown so much closer to God. I still need work though, so I figure that God is preparing me and growing me into the godly woman he wants me to be, before He reveals his purpose on my life. 🙂

    5. I feel the same way as you once did, but I’ve discovered now that I am special and I do have a purpose and I was not an accident to God. I know that I’m here for a reason and my parents love me for who I am. I may not be aware of my purpose now, but I know God has a plan for me.

    6. I am in 7th grade. I don’t know my purpose and frankly I don’t wanna know yet. I have those dreams, like everybody else, but they last for a year at most. The longest is all-star cheerleading, the one with the ‘flips’, It has been my passion for a while. I still don’t know my purpose but I know it has to do something along the lines of cheerleading.

      • Pretty much the same thing for me. xD I’m not sure what His plan is, and I sometimes for a split second begin to worry “Oh, what if I’m too late or I miss my chance? How will I know if it’s the thing I’m called to do?”
        I’ve prayed about it (and have been doing so for about two years now), and I still haven’t heard much to show me the direction to go. But I think the beauty is that by not being sure or not knowing what we’re called to, we really REALLY have to trust in Jesus and truly believe that He’s got this and will show us at the perfect time. So really, it just means you and I (and people in our place) have to walk in faith during this situation.
        For now, instead of worrying about the future, I suggest taking it in and enjoying where you are at. Plus, while waiting for God to show you His plans you can take this time to develop and learn more about Him.
        Who knows, maybe through that you’ll find out where you’re meant to be. 🙂

    7. The nice thing is that God’ll you use you where you’re at. I’m a junior in high school, and I don’t know what God has in store for my career. But I feel that God is and has been using me to do small things to help others. He is using me right now, as a junior. It’s awesome. 🙂

    8. Hey,
      loved this article, which is literally what I say with every article on the PI site. My mother was pregnant with me for 5 months without realising it. The doctors gave her medication to help her with the symptoms: if she took it would have got rid of me. Thankfully, before taking it, she had a strong feeling to not take it. (She’s a nurse, so not taking your prescribed medication was a big no no in her eyes) But, the voice was just too strong to ignore. So she took heed of it and placed the medication in the draw where it has been sitting for 17 years. Without that voice, I would not be here and there would be a strong chance my brothers would not exist also ( she was told that the chances of her getting pregnant naturally were exceedingly slim, if she had lost a baby she would not have tried for more.) I think everybody has a purpose in life and if we trust God we will find it, it’ll take some time but it will come in the end. I also think many people do know what it is they want to do in their life but are fearful of failure.

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