Amanda and I had the chance to hear some friends of ours sing last night as the entertainment at a dinner party. One of our friends, a freshman at Centennial High School, has written some pretty incredible songs. One of the songs she sang tonight was one on the topic of “finding your way.”
It seems like a pretty common question people have or thought they wrestle with, myself included, has to do with “finding our way.” What’s my purpose in life? What am I supposed to do with my life? What direction should I go? Will I ever find my way? This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time, going back at least to high school. I’ve tried and tried to find that “perfect” thing or job or career or vocation that I’m made to do. It’s been so frustrating and disheartening as I’ve searched and never been 100% sure that I’ve figured it out. I know I’m not alone in that. I know people from middle school to retirement age who are in that boat with me.
However, tonight I had the simplest insight: my way has already been found. I don’t have to search for it or discover it, I just have to learn about it, follow it, and live it. For all those who claim to be Christians, our “way” is to follow the way of Jesus. Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Unfortunately, many Christians today have turned this into an exclusivist statement about “getting into heaven,” but I think that misses the full breadth and depth of what Jesus was talking about. More than just trying to get people into heaven, Jesus’s words here are intended to show us that Jesus’s way of living is the way for us to live.
When we live the way of Jesus, the specifics of our circumstances don’t matter quite as much. It is possible to live the way of Jesus in just about any location, career, or job. What we are doing doesn’t matter quite as much as who we are being. Finding our own “way” becomes much less important once we realize our way has already been set out in front of us. We simply need to learn it and live it.
May I have the courage to worry less about my “own way” and my own individual purpose and life and more about living the way of Jesus regardless of where I find myself.