“What am supposed to do with my life?”
“God, where are you?”
Have you ever asked these questions? Have you ever been told, “The Bible says (fill-in-the-blank) about women?” Or, “You are … you should … you can’t …?”
Well, we have, too. Here is just one story of a woman in our midst navigating the challenges of finding purpose:
The end of my college life was nothing like I had expected. I believed that Jesus had called me to save the world (in some capacity) and that I would marry someone who would live out this dream with me.
The reality? I returned home my last semester from a five-month-long study abroad experience feeling very, very small and was soon broken up with by my boyfriend at the time. He didn’t like the questions I was asking, and our lives were quickly going in two different directions.
Though I was graduating with honors and recognition, I was mentally confused, emotionally exhausted, physically depressed, and spiritually frustrated. The simplistic answers of my childhood no longer answered the complex questions of my daily life.
God, where are you? And, what am I supposed to do with my life?
I wish that I AM had been available to me when I was your age – it could have changed everything about those years of my life. Most notably, I could have developed the strength to push back against other theologies, to share my experiences with older women, and to learn how to hear the voice of God while discovering my own.
So, for you, the invitation is open. Why don’t you join us? And, let’s explore together “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
Because back in college, I was sort of wrong — and, sort of right. I’m not called to save the world (you’re not either). But, I am called to Love God and Love People – and, I now believe that begins with listening to the One who says, “I AM” and includes my own voice saying to myself and to the world, “I am…”