To Those Who Don’t Quite Fit In

To Those Who Don’t Quite Fit In

Last weekend I was honored to speak at a medical mission conference. Yes, you heard right. Medical. Just to be clear, I’m not a doctor. Or a nurse. Or anything medical. But I got asked to speak about what I’m passionate about and enjoyed doing it. But the entire time I felt slightly out of place around all these amazing folks who save lives around the world. Why did I get invited here again? I felt welcome, but deep inside I couldn’t get over the feeling that I didn’t quite fit in.

It got me thinking about my life. I’ve never quite felt like I fit in – in anything.

I was a customer service agent at an airline. I was good at it, but it didn’t feel like me completely.

I led backpacking teams around the world. That was close, but still not it.

Pastor. Not it.

Missionary. Close, but no cigar.

Worship leader. Loved it, but not it.

Counseling. Again, close, but not quite right.

I started a café. I enjoyed it, but still not quite it.

Some people discover early on what they are on the planet to do. I’m not one of those people.

I’m on a crash course with age 40, and I see glimmers of hope that I’m on the cusp of walking in something that perfectly fits who I am. It has taken a while, but I have to believe that everything that hasn’t been the exact right fit up to this point has prepared me for what’s just around the corner.

I say that to say this.

If you’ve always felt a little out of place – like you didn’t quite fit – I encourage you to stay faithful and teachable. God has been leading even when it didn’t seem like it. Learn all you can where you are. You are made for a unique purpose and calling. It may be one very specific thing. If you’ll be flexible and open I guarantee a moment will come when you’ll wake up and realize you finally found that one thing. And we’ll all be glad you hung in there until that moment. Because we need what you bring to the table.

So, here’s to all of us who have never quite fit in. Courageously try new things. Embrace the awkwardness. Keep striving to bring God glory first and foremost, no matter what you are doing. That’s what it’s really about. But be confident in this: There’s a perfect fit out there with your name on it and you will find it.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10