Wednesday, June 18, 2014

When will my life begin? -- a lesson from Tangled

"Stuck in the same place I've always been
I just keep wanderin' and wanderin' and
wanderin' and wanderin' 
when will my life begin?"

I have heard the myth of "my life hasn't started yet" often since I graduated high school and entered the new phase of questions life.

You graduate high school and "just like that", the consistency is gone. No more of the steady continuation of doing the next chapter in a math or science book. Until advanced education courses start (or whatever path that G-d is leading you down) you inevitably begin to ask "what's next?" "what is purpose?" "and what is purpose-filled?" "when will my life begin"? You cry out to G-d asking Him to Show you the path of Life (Ps. 16:11) and questions rise far quicker than conclusions are reached!

This post-graduation truth quest, though internally challenging at times, is an incredible blessing. The temptation is there to ask "when will my life begin"? And start to subconsciously insert "maybe when I get this job" or "maybe when I get married" etc. but the truth is that our life began at conception. It doesn't start with the new good job, marriage, a college degree, a dream house etc. (although all those things can be blessings and good). Our life began at conception!

Embrace the searching, knowing that it produces growth. But don't let it cause you to waste the moments that you're living now. Enjoy them, use them, fill them with meaning and purpose. Prepare for the tasks that the Heavenly Father has laid on your heart and as Proverbs says, get wisdom.

Use the season of questions to search deeper into what you believe - talk with parents, get together with mentors and most importantly, search the Word of G-d. Remember that each day is a blessing from the Father to serve and glorify Him, to use the talents and opportunities that He has given us for Him. To make even the most mundane of tasks a living sacrifice to Him...(do all things to the glory of the Father). Your task might be small - but if you do it with joy as unto the L-rd, then you have done well, faithful servant.

Ultimately, let the questions lead you to the foot of the cross. Realizing that without our Heavenly Father we are nothing but with Him we have purpose in life! Our life began at conception and our spiritual life with acceptance and belief that He is our guide and Savior on this beautiful life journey, where He guides us with His commandments, precepts and the Holy Spirit.

With G-d we don't keep wandering, because our life has begun. In Him, our purpose is fulfilled, our questions answered, our hope found. What a privilege and joy to walk day by day in His guidance and always in His grace.

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go." -Abraham Lincoln


Caitlin Baughman said...

Wow! Such a neat post!!! Do you mind if I re-post this on my blog:

Also, curious to know, why is there a dash in between the word G-d?

Jenna said...

Hi Caitlin~
Absolutely, feel free to share the post ;)

Using the dash in spelling G-d is a sign of respect and basically a way to remember the holiness of the Messiah...

Thanks for your comment!

Joy said...

Jenna, it is so good to see you blogging again! Wow, this has been something I have been mulling over for a long time, though I still have one more year to graduate. . . but just waiting for the bigger events of life and wondering 'when will my life begin?' - your post is another added confirmation of what the Lord has been showing me about this. Thank you for sharing!!

By the by, last Thursday, my blog, Fullness of Joy had its 3rd birthday :). To celebrate the event, I am hosting a blog-party of "special magnificence" throughout the week, and as a cherry-top icing a fun giveaway for three winners to end it all. It will be a week long tag series, with every day or so I'll be making different literary-themed topic tags, about different genres such as the classics, fantasy, mystery, children's, etc . . which everyone can join in with. And I am dearly hoping you would - it would thrill me very much and also it should prove some fun, I think :)

Today's topic is "Historical Classics" :)

I hope you can join :)

~ McKenzie Elizabeth~ said...

Hello Jenna! It has been so long since I have read your blog! Excellent post...So much truth.
Hope you are doing well!

His Irish Flame said...

Marvelous job, sweet sister! And something my heart needed to hear today. <3

Much love!

simplicity said...

Thanks for sharing!! Would you ever consider writing a guest post for my blog, "Simple Inspirations?"
It is a blog soon to be more filled with conservative articles, poems, scripture, crafts, recipe's, contests, and giveaways. Right now I have a Recipe contest for anyone who is interested to enter. There is two categories: "cookies," and "pies." The winners will each receive a prize. Grand prize is a gift card and gift bag,. etc.

Rachel said...

Well thought and well spoken. Thanks for the reminder!

Frannie said...

Hello, Jenna!

You have been off and on my mind for months now and I'm finally trying to say hello! We had emailed a couple of times and then I got married and oh, boy! Time has flown and I never got back with you. I am very sorry for not be there and hope that you know that if you'd still like to reconnect I would be more than thrilled.

Blessings to you! I hope this winter is treating you well!