How to be purposeful when nothing seems right?
Disclaimer: This is a faith post. Please do not read forward if you’re not comfortable reading Bible verses.
I thought safe at home means I have plenty of time to plan for the future ahead. You think you’ll learn a new skill, explore new horizons, build a side hustle, get a degree in online learning. But in fact, digital isolation means you’re connected but not in control. Every day is about appearing in virtual meetings, scroll the web, and sleep.
The top-down reasons to why future looks bleak for me:
- Worldwide: Covid is real or “hoax.”
- Regionally: Lockdown with many job losses.
- Malaysia: Ministers busy displaying blue light.
- Local news: Being Malaysian means putting race first and then the country.
- Friends: Profile picture turns black.
- Family: So near yet so far.
- Personal: Zoom for the 10000th time.
I am a lost, weary soul. How can I possibly move forward in life like this? Well, I did the only thing I know – read the bible.
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible; like gold refined seven times. – Psalm 12:6
Here are the four things that give me clarity and perspective. In short, God walks with us on our journey, and there’s hope for what is to come.
1. Know your calling
The difference between a mission and calling is that calling requires a caller. And the caller is God. Proverbs 29:18 states that where there is no vision, the people perish. When we are filling our life with autopilot busyness and living an aimless life, a piece of us inside dies.
When God calls, He enables. Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak – Exodus 4:12
When God calls, He provides. Even in times like this, God provides. I know there is a lot of struggle outside, but I also see the promotion, new jobs, and opportunities around.
2. Being part of the community
Because life is so easily overwhelmed now, we need each other. You could join one or be one for others.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
We take turns to run activities that enable people to connect, and grow together. We did things like share about mental health, make online birthday bash, enabler workshops, brainstorm financial solutions. Everyone matters, no one should walk alone.
If you don’t have a place to start, I suggest joining an online Alpha.
3. Let life catch up a bit
Whatever we are trying to work on, we need to make space for life to happen. I think too much about tomorrow and forget about today. Life does not happen later or tomorrow but now.
For it is by grace, you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – Ephesians 2:8. I am still learning to trust God to work above and beyond my capability.
4. Let the bible speaks to our PF Journey
The bible has 2,350 verses about money and possessions. So much is said about money because how we deal with money, matters.
Yes, we need a systematic change in our tax structure and wages reform, but principles like saving and plodding (investing) don’t go away.
Every time I am lost or missing the action, I read some of the verses and re-chart the PF vision board.
Social justices, billionaires, and capitalism. I think the Bible seems to have a model of free-market with a twist. Old testimony set instructions where debts are canceled every seven years including the land. It seems this resets the balance of wealth distribution and there wouldn’t be extreme poverty.
In the new testimony, God promises fulfilled. The believers sold what they have and share with everyone. The kingdom of God is not about buying and selling, but giving and receiving.
If that’s the end, it’s a good ending.