Where Do I Belong?
By Krystal Mattox | November 29, 2016
by Krystal Donaldson
“Road trip!!” was the exclamation of a D4 schoolmate when I brought up the idea of us driving to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC). We had never been before, but we figured it would be a great and enriching time with fellow believers, where we could learn more about healthcare and missions colliding to create opportunities for impact across the globe. Before I knew it, November 10 arrived and we had a full car of eager young adults ready to explore all of what GMHC 2016 had to offer, which was more than I could have fathomed! I will simply share my overall takeaway from the conference.
The motto for GMHC is “Find Where You Belong,” which is definitely a jam-packed statement. However, the organizers of this conference have made every effort to give attendees resources to network, discover best practices in respective fields and work together for the single goal of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, forming “a global community with a shared focus.” I think this motto is a cry in the heart of every soul, whether believer or unbeliever. Questions like, “What is my purpose, why am I here on this earth, what should I do with my life, what legacy will I leave behind?” plague every soul and, frankly, it can be a lot to take in. Yet, for the believer, there is—or should be—relief in knowing the primary place we belong is in fellowship with our Savior Jesus Christ. To my delight, this was a theme that ran in the fabric of the conference. It is from this ultimate place of knowing we belong to Christ that all other answers will flow.
It is easy to become anxious about having to know the full blueprint and trajectory of our lives…RIGHT….NOW! What am I going to do after school? Where will I practice? Who will I marry? What kind of parent do I want to be? And the list goes on. I am so guilty of trying to plan every phase of my life. I think of what Jesus told His followers during the Sermon on the Mount, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV). What things? In the context of this Scripture, the Lord was speaking of the physical needs of food and clothing, necessities for survival. In the same way, if our Heavenly Father can provide for our essential physical needs, how much more will He speak to our souls regarding the plethora of questions we have about our purpose, life and legacy? He encourages us saying:
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
(Psalm 37:3-5, NKJV)
We should be still and know He is a good Father. It is okay to think about the future and be open to whatever things the Lord may be speaking into your life, but it should not consume our every moment. We must first seek His kingdom and delight ourselves in His presence. When we give Him preeminence in our life, He promises to speak to us and lead us (Proverbs 3:5-6). We will find our heart changing for things that have never interested us before. Our desires will become more in line with His heart, and He will give us those desires so we can live a life rich in purpose. I implore you to simply say yes to the Lord, yes to being a light in your current community and yes to His leading in your life. May we forever be in His presence to remind our soul that we belong to Christ, and from that place of intimacy walk with Him as He guides us through every season of our life.
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