A Different Turn

Have you ever had a crisis, reader? Maybe you have and thought you were crazy. Maybe you haven’t and you’ve wondered why.

Lately, I’ve been in quite the predicament. I feel like I’m going through this bizarre “quarter-life” crisis. (If you don’t believe me, look it up. Apparently, it’s actually a thing.)

Essentially, it’s something that people in their mid-twenties tend to go through. It’s this feeling of being older even though we’re not old. It’s the time in our lives where most question who they are, who they want to be, and what life goals they have. Over the last decade, I’ve thoughtfully considered who I wanted to be and what I wanted out of life. And by the grace of God, I’ve achieved nearly everything I thought I wanted to achieve by now and even more.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Reader, I’m living proof of this verse. As a teen, I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career or even where I’d go to college. I flip flopped multiple times on what I thought I’d be: A photographer for National Geographic, an ambassador, a public relations specialist, and the list goes on. All lofty goals, yes. But were they for me? I doubt it.

I started off working at a daycare, putting little ones to sleep and changing diapers. Some might say they were humble beginnings. Through working there, I met someone who just so happened to be the executive assistant to my current bosses. Through a series of conversations, I ended up interning at the company and later on, I was hired. That was over 6 years ago and I’m amazed when I look back.

God took a teenager at a daycare, who had entrusted her life to Him, and He brought her to an amazing company she didn’t even know existed. I never interviewed and I never submitted a resume. Now, I’m a product manager for the very same company. But you see, it’s not because of “how great I am” or because “I’m smart”. It’s because years ago I said, “Lord, use me however You see fit.”

As I’ve climbed the corporate ladder, sometimes it’s easy to think it’s because of what I did. Yes, I’ve worked hard to be at this place in my life. But had I not trusted God to order my steps, I can confidently say I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Sometimes it takes moments of crisis – moments of wondering where things are headed – to cause you to remember where you started. God has lovingly reminded me today in numerous ways, that the faith of a child is all I need. It’s the kind of faith that jumps off the stairs into her father’s arms, trusting he’ll catch her. It’s the kind of faith that believes for the best, no matter what. And it’s the kind of faith God requires of us.

In the moments of crazy, where my head and my world is spinning, it’s easy to get caught up in the crisis and forget to fix my eyes on Jesus. Of all the people in my life who have let me down and disappointed me, He never has. He’s never accused me, never lied to me, and never left me.

Of everyone in my life, He is the one I can, should, and will trust. I love Him because He first loved me. Despite my flaws and sometimes egocentric self – He loved me and continues to love me even when I think I’m not worth loving.

That’s the kind of love I can trust. And that’s where I can confidently place my faith, even when the future seems unknown.

<3

Manda

25 Responses
  • Mandy Carter
    September 7, 2016

    It’s crazy how my goals in the mid-20’s ended up being nothing I want now. Time and life experiences have a funny way of changing perspectives which ultimately changes goals.

  • Liz Cochico
    September 7, 2016

    During the moment of crisis, it’s easy for us to get lost. It’s a wise decision to keep the faith.

  • [email protected]
    September 7, 2016

    I do believe that what’s going to happen is going to happen and that any unexpected things lead to where we were supposed to go. My goals change often depending on what’shappening in my life x

  • Rebecca Bryant
    September 7, 2016

    My grandmother use to tell me life happens when you make other plans. It is so true everything I plan and worked for in my teens and 20’s seem so far from what i am enjoying now. Life!!

  • Health
    September 7, 2016

    Well said!

  • GlamKaren
    September 7, 2016

    I admire your faith and your dedication. Its a great way to find that inner peace and focus.

  • caseyatblog
    September 8, 2016

    I completely agree that while we have to do the work to make things happen, it’s always part of a greater plan for us. It’s always nice to look back and realize you were on the right path all along.

  • Terri Steffes
    September 8, 2016

    I love Rebecca’s comment! I wasted my 20s but I got focused in my 30s and haven’t looked back since. I have to say, my 20s are what gave me the stories that made me the teacher that everyone liked!

  • mmgmom
    September 8, 2016

    Thank you for this uplifting post. It is true that sometimes we struggle to find out where we belong.

  • taylorannes95
    September 8, 2016

    Beautiful post, girl! Nothing can be done without our Heavenly Father patiently guiding us through this life. SO proud of you!

  • lesleycarter
    September 8, 2016

    I totally get this, especially with so many changes happening in my life right now. I’m 35 with a child and have no idea where I’m going in life. I have confidence that it will be somewhere good.

  • Kim
    September 8, 2016

    My goals changed so much from then to now. I can’t imagine my life any different than it is today though.

  • Amanda Love
    September 8, 2016

    That’s very well said. We often doubt and question things at certain points in our lives especially when you’re feeling a bit lost or confused with what you want to do. We tend to forget that we can simply leave it all up to God and things will eventually fall into place.

  • Nicole
    September 8, 2016

    Oh, this is really true. I have my beautiful plans layout for this year and then suddenly everything is changing!

  • Shannon Graham
    September 8, 2016

    Yep, this is definitely me right now. I’ve been successful in my young age but still feel like I have nothing to show for it.

  • Jenny
    September 8, 2016

    I have done this a couple times in life!!! I have to say I love where it has taken me and I wouldn’t change anything about it!

  • Rachel Catherine
    September 8, 2016

    I’ve done this throughout my life. Sometimes you just need to have faith that it will work out and you will head in the right direction.

  • Christina Aliperti
    September 10, 2016

    I really rely on my faith a lot. I feel like it gets me through tough times and guides me in the right way depending on the situation.

  • Heather
    September 11, 2016

    Oh goodness! After I graduated college there was a book released called “The Quarter-life Crisis” I immediately purchased it! I love to look back and see how everything is in the perfect order.

    • happilyme23
      September 11, 2016

      Oh my word! Is it called “20 something 20 everything”? I just bought that book last week and love it so far! I think the tagline is “A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction.” so I’m not sure if it’s the same one.

  • toughcookiemommy
    September 11, 2016

    I always try to be hopeful that things will work themselves out in the long run. I think it’s important to keep hope alive in every situation.

    • happilyme23
      September 11, 2016

      I agree completely! Hope is so important to keep alive – thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  • Moose Studio
    September 12, 2016

    I don’t believe in HIM but I am glad he has given you purpose. It is a great feeling when you find your purpose in life.

  • Geanine Cilenti (@SchoolYardStyle)
    September 13, 2016

    I am with you. My Faith in God, has recently grown in leaps and bounds and so have my goals and dreams. I never before thought about it consciously, however I began listening to Joel Osteen and he has literally transformed my life! I place everything I am in God’s hands and the outcome thus far has blown me away!

  • Krystle Cook
    September 25, 2016

    I am totally into different things in my late 20s than I was in my early. It’s crazy how life changes.

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