We all have dreams and beautiful plans for our lives. Looking back in our early years, we were taught by our parents how to truly dream big. Classic, you’ll write on a slam book that you wanted to be a doctor, police, a nurse, and so on. As we go along the journey of life, our experiences taught us that there is this certain desire that we really want to pursue. From there, you’ll write on your plans, and you’ll stick to what your life should be like. At the age of 15, you should have graduated in high school. At 20, you’ll give that diploma to your parents. Months after, you’ll have your own licensed identification card. You promised that at 25, you already have a stable career. Every day of your life, you’re striving hard to get what you always wanted. You always dream of being like this. Probably you’ll give your best in all that you are to do so as to make sure everything is going the way you wanted it to be.
But, there are lots of open doors around you. It’s just that you’re too focused on pursuing what you thought should be. At that moment, you realized there is so much more in life. That’s when you’ll start to ask yourself, “What is my purpose? What am I called to do? Is the path I’m taking gives joy in my heart?”
There is this call you knew in your heart that pursues you every single day of your life. It never got tired. Despite all your ways to turn back, that desire deepens within your heart. You’re bothered because you knew, and you felt it once gave you unexplainable joy that stays in your heart all along. The thing is, you were not ready for it when it came. It was not part of your perfect-planned life. You think that when you follow your plans, it will give you the best of life.
I remember when God called me to jump in a greater height and go on a bigger mission, I was in the moment of my life when I was eager to discover myself in the world of the profession I worked hard for the past four years. I was excited to feel the kind of satisfaction my look-up-to persons shared as they drew themselves in the career they have chosen. I was in an adjustment period. Everything was new and different. That led me to ask “Lord, why now?” I was not at my best at that time. I doubted myself and my capabilities. I was in fear of not doing well in my career if I get into more responsibilities as a missionary. I thought it was not for me. Yet, on an ordinary day, I felt God’s embrace, securing me that my dreams are His’. All the many things I cannot, He will let me able.
In spite of all our sins, weaknesses, insecurities, and imperfections, God still chose us. Will you let your fears hinder the great future ahead of you? When you allow the Lord to love you, His love will lead you to a better person you can be. God will give you the courage you need – to always choose the life you have never been before – the missionary zeal.
“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task.”
– St. John Paul II
It speaks of bravery in answering one’s call. It always means saying No and letting go when you say Yes to one great thing. It is the Holy Spirit that will work through you. It is with the strength of God that you will be able to get through. It is in deepening with the Lord that will lead you to your dreams, without even knowing how you got there. When God calls you right now, your Yes should also be right at this very moment. As Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
God’s call might be different from what is usual. It might probably be opposite of your own plans. He calls you even in the simplest of things – may it be leading your family in a rosary, giving your food to a less fortunate you bumped into, doing your best in school, participating in an event, sharing your talent, loving your enemies, and so on. If it is the Lord’s call you are following, why fear? Why doubt? Hold on to that joy in your heart – whenever you are doing what you are being called to do. Our yes to our calling is not just today, but every day for the rest of our lives. It is your mission. It is your purpose. It is where you are called to be and what you are called to do.
Riva Dimailig is a mission volunteer of MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Mission’s team.