Learning to love God…

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what God’s purpose for my life is.  It has been three years now since I graduated with my first Bachelor’s degree.  This summer, I will turn 25 years old!  Here is where I thought I would be at this point in my life:

1. Working as a successful (and rich) Speech-Language Pathologist.
2. Married.
3. Living in my mountain mansion, frequenting my condo in the Bahamas (okay, I didn’t really think that would come true, but a girl can dream).

Seeing as how none of these things have come to fruition in my almost 25 years, they must have not been in God’s plan for me.

A few weeks ago at church, the pastor (Mike Madding) spoke to us about what our purpose is on this planet.  Take a look at my list of things I used to dream of for myself… they are all Anna-centered!  Not one of those goals even mentions God.  Sure, marriage has a lot to do with God, but up until recently I only wanted to get married so I wouldn’t be alone.  Not to glorify God.

Mike pointed out Matthew 22:36-40 where Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment of all is to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.  So, there it is.  Our purpose in life is to love God!  In everything I am doing, I should be striving to love God better, and to learn how to love him.  No matter what profession I am in (writer, teacher, whatever), I can be loving God.  Whenever God chooses to bless me with marriage, I can love Him along the way.  Wherever I am living, I should be learning to love God through that experience.

It takes a lot of pressure off to know that I’m not on a deadline to get out of debt or “finally” get married or whatever (seriously, stop asking me when I am getting married).  My one goal in life is to love God.  When that is your priority, all other things will fall into place according to His will.  I will find the career that fulfills me; I will get married when my guy and I are both ready; I will live in a place that brings me peace and happiness.  As long as the Creator of this universe is my focus, I am happy!

So that’s where I am three years after getting my first Bachelor’s.  I’m working on my second Bachelor’s, enjoying a healthy dating relationship, living in Charlotte and getting that experience under my belt, and seeking to love God with all my heart.


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