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Identity

When I was younger, I always felt like I didn’t belong. There wasn’t any particular group of kids in school that I “clicked” with. I had a few friends, and that was pretty much it. I went into the military after high school, and I still felt like I didn’t truly belong. This led me to asking myself the question, “Who am I, and what is my purpose in life?”
I hear this same question asked by many of the youth today. That one question would haunt me for the majority of my life. Finally, one night in my bedroom, for whatever reason, I asked the only One who could answer that burning question. You see, that was the night that I chose to start walking with God, that moment where I chose to give my life to Him and not look back. Now I will say, it has not been an easy road. There have been choices set in front of me to where I was literally asked, “What is more important, this job … or God?” Sometimes, it is hard to put God first and step out on faith trusting that He will take care of it. But once I did, something amazing happened to me. I stopped asking myself, “Who am I, and what is my purpose in life?”
“But as many received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 (NASB)
I know now who I am and my purpose in life. I am a child of God, I belong to Him and He is my Father. My purpose is to serve Him. Knowing this, not just saying it as a church cliché, but honestly knowing this has changed my life. God had a plan for me, and it was ministry, but I wonder, what does God have in mind for you? So, who are you and what is your purpose in life? If you don’t know, why not take a minute and ask the One who can tell you?
-Steve

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