By Elizabeth Chang
“I was born to do this,” is what the brother said to me after I thanked him for doing the sound system stuff for Sunday worship service. I’m not sure what kind of response I was expecting from him, but I was impressed by his unusual and profound reply. I didn’t think fast enough to get to say, “I’m glad you’re alive.”
Now, more than ever before, I have had opportunities to meet women and men who are fully immersed in their callings, with years of experience, living out their dreams and fulfilling their purpose with passion. They have gone through a long journey of soul-searching and God’s-plan-for-their-life-discovery. Some have shifted between different careers, some have been in the same profession for years, some have narrowed down their many past interests into a more specific focus, and the variety goes on.
But, here I am in my second year of graduate school, less than two years out of college, stepping into a profession that I feel called to (at least, for this season of my life). And, I have four whole weeks of experience practicing therapy.
I was born to do this.
Though I may only be in the beginning stages of living out my professional calling, I must remember that I have already done and am doing things that I have been born to do. I was born to be on my third grade chess team. I was born to play high school basketball. I was born to sing on worship teams. I was born to do baking and cooking experiments. I was born to write.
God creates us with the capacity to be passionate and proficient in the things we were born to do! It’s no wonder that we feel a sense of purpose and conviction when we engage in activities that God has designed us to do.
When I look at my weekly schedule, I am reminded that I am blessed. I am blessed to be doing the things that I was born to do.
How has God designed you?
Elizabeth Chang is getting an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) degree at Seattle Pacific University. She graduated Taylor University with a BA in Psychology and Biblical Literature, and was raised in New York City.