How to Find Your God-Given Mission in Life
This writing was inspired by Eric Metaxas’ interview
with Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, and Tim Tebow,
who shared how faith impacted their careers.
Do you know that God has a plan for your life and a special mission too?
“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 hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
I was delighted to catch Eric Metaxas on TBN in April when he interviewed Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson about their movie, Father Stu, and asked each of them to share how faith had impacted their Hollywood careers. Their words were inspiring, but it was Tim Tebow, Eric’s guest on the second half of this program, that gave me the fodder for this Bulletin.
I’ve never had any interest in football, but even I knew that Tebow is a famous football player. What I didn’t know until I visited his website was that he’s also the author of several NYT bestsellers and a Christian with an encouraging message people of all ages can relate to. As his site proclaims, his mission is “to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” It was inspiring to learn about his Foundation, which is currently fighting for people in more than 70 countries who can’t fight for themselves. What a unique ministry Tebow has built!
To live a “mission-possible life,” he urges us to “Find your mission, pursue your purpose, and go create a life that counts!” I jotted down a couple of Tebow’s comments from the Metaxas interview (a little paraphrasing here) that I wanted to remember:
“I want to encourage people that we can truly have a life that counts by living out the mission God has given us. God wants a personal and intimate relationship with you,” he emphasized. “In Christ Jesus, we are a masterpiece, and God has good works for each of us to do.”
And then he referenced Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Finding Your Mission in Life
The title of Tebow’s latest book, Mission Possible: Go Create a Life That Counts (March 2022), reminded me of the popular TV show of the sixties, Mission Impossible, which aired three decades before I learned that God had given me a special mission in life. I became a serious student of the Bible in my first year as a baby Christian, and this excerpt from the journal I began to keep in 1995 after I was born again—via radio—will explain how I discovered my mission in life:
February 15, 1995: “Last night I read a booklet on how to know God’s will. It stressed the importance of listening for God’s messages. So I prayed before going to bed that God would let me know what he wanted me to do with the rest of my life. At 4:00 I woke up, turned on the radio, and heard a sermon by Chuck Swindoll that emphasized the importance of not waiting until you’re old to do God’s work (a message I know I’m supposed to share with others). At the end of this sermon, I fell asleep with the earphone still in my ear.
Precisely at 6:30, I awoke again to hear Greg Laurie’s timely message: How to know God’s will and recognize the gifts he has given us. I learned that Mother had the special gift of giving, and my sisters and I have it too; we’re always trying to be helpful to others. And I learned that I have the gift of both teaching and exhortation, which translates to being a motivational teacher or speaker. I don’t have to preach the gospel to reach people; all I have to do is continue to be myself, share what I’m learning in life, and encourage others to follow in my footsteps by turning to God and Jesus Christ.”
And that’s what I’ve been doing since 1995 when I discovered God’s mission for my life. If you need help in figuring out what God wants YOU to do with your life, you’ll find many books on Amazon that address this question.
When I did a few keyword searches for “mission in life,” “God’s will for my life,” etc., some had millions of web pages; one had more than a billion, proving that countless people the world over are looking for answers to the questions discussed in this Bulletin. Do a few keyword searches of your own and ask God which articles or books He wants you to read. (You might be surprised.)
Previously published as a Brabec Bulletin blog post on June 20, 2022.
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