How do I know God loves me?
The Bible tells the story of God’s love for the world. It begins with a specific group of the people called the Israelites. Through that group of people, God promises that the whole world will be blessed. The New Testament, through the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—begins a new chapter in God’s ongoing relationship with the world. These four books tell the story of Jesus, God’s Son. In John’s gospel, we are told: “God so love the world, that God sent His only Son.” (3:16). Jesus’ earthly ministry showed God’s love for all people. Jesus’ death and resurrection continues to show the great love God has for the world and for each one of us.
How do I know God is active in my life?
Some will say it’s the unexpected thought that offers clarity. Others will point to prayers answered. Still others will say the sense of peace that permeates heartbroken places. And then there are the people who call at just the right time or drop you a note saying they are thinking about you. God is present and active in our lives through the presence of others and in the reflection of our hearts and souls. The challenging part of us is to be open to it.
What is God calling me to do?
God has given each of us numerous gifts to serve God in the world. Some of these gifts you may already be aware of. Others you might discover along the way. Questions you might ask yourself to identity and claim your gifts are: What do I enjoy doing? What am I passionate about? Are there people/places/plights I feel drawn to? Also, having conversations with those who know you may reveal gifts waiting to be used. These gifts are guideposts for the ways God is calling us to be active in God’s world and these ways are not the same for everyone. Frederick Buechner says: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” (Wishful Thinking, p. 95)