Oh, the restlessness.
I feel it as I climb into bed, as I toss and turn, as I sluggishly awaken after a not-so-restful night’s sleep. I feel it as I commute to work, as I travel both domestically and abroad, as I return emails, and as I share coffee or some jalapeno ranch dip with friends and colleagues.
It haunts me more often than I’d like to admit.
I know it’s not just me. I hear it from friends. And from strangers.
“There has to be more than this.”
“My life hasn’t turned out quite like I imagined…I thought I’d be married…I thought I’d have kids…So now what?”
“What do I have to offer? I’m just a mom.”
“My job just doesn’t seem to fulfill me anymore.”
It nags them too.
It is a burden that can either slow us down or spur us forward in divine pursuit.
We all seem to be asking THE questions. You know, the big, hairy, audacious questions.
Who am I?
Who is this God I worship on Sundays and what if what I say I believe about Him is true?
And lastly, the question of all questions, what in the heck am I here for anyway? Can God use my messy life for His glory?
These questions seem to be the right questions. But I’m discovering that asking the questions isn’t enough. We must delve deep into the answers and be willing to act obediently as God unearths “His plan to prosper us, and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.”
Jennie Allen writes in Restless: Because You Were Made for More, “We are called to dream but we’re afraid to. But because we are called, when we don’t act on it we become restless—restless to find purpose, to make a difference in the world, to matter.” What if discovering God’s unique calling for your life is your greatest responsibility, second only to knowing and loving God? Your restlessness may very well be a divine invitation to purpose, calling and life.
Buy this book. It will direct you as you try to piece together the pieces of your story and find purpose. It has sure helped me.
As a VERY special offer, on Friday I will randomly select 5 winners from the commenters on this post. All five will be given a copy of Restless.
And the first two will be given tickets to the SOLDOUT If:Austin on February 7 and 8. << Yes! How cool is this? Very cool.
So tell me….Are you feeling restless? How does Restless and/or the If:Gathering resonate with you?