Finding yourself is a phrase which regularly comes up in our conversations. The truth is most
struggle knowing where they fit in this competitive world. Unfortunately, this problem drives the insecurities people live with.
Here's the thing; if you are looking for your place as if you were a missing piece in a puzzle you are probably there but don't know how to fit in.
As Christians we are first accepted IN THE BELOVED, Eph 1:5 + 6 Passion Translation. For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace —for the same love he has for the Beloved, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!
Here's another way for you to think about it: finding where you fit is about finding who you are and what you have to contribute. We are all Divinely gifted and those gifts and abilities fit in many places.
In the above poem I have mentioned being a contributor and a receiver. I also slip in the truth of being sharpened by other contributors. Another popular quote is that "we listen to speak not to hear". When receiving a contribution from others the challenge is to let ourselves be sharpened. To allow this to happen we must be able to hear.
Your job is one of those spheres. Sometimes we view our jobs as a prison because we don't like our job or the people we have to work with. This is where the crucible becomes very real.
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who's a foreman in a local business. He has 2 very negative critical workmen he has to manage. Both these men are specialists at their jobs and are good workers.
We laughed at the difficult situation he faces daily by looking how he as a foreman is being sharpened by their iron. Ironically, no pun intended, he saw this situation as a time to test the fruit in his own life, rather than reacting to their negativity. No matter what sphere you are involved in, it's a place where you give and receive.
When receiving adjustments or corrections, although these may challenge you, think about them another way. Any of them should be gratefully received because they make you grow and mature.
# Have you been able to see a jigsaw puzzle as you being a piece which gives and receives from the pieces around you? How have you been receiving?
# Can you make a genuine list of the Spheres you are involved with and then categorize them to know your involvement?
# God can only do us good so how do you see the Spheres you are in as crucibles of blessings?
Some helpful verses
1 - It takes a grinding wheel to sharpen a blade, and so one person sharpens the character of another.
Proverbs 27:17 TPT
2 - This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!