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by Tom Norvell

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    Have you ever found yourself frustrated with a task you were trying to do and did not know why you were frustrated? It is not a necessarily difficult task. Anybody should be able to do it. Given time, you will get it done. You will do your best, but still your best does not seem to be good enough... for you. Something inside keeps telling you, “This could have been better.” Still you try. You try and try and try, and then you get irritated and agitated, and when you are finally finished, you feel absolutely drained from the experience. All you have to show for your effort is that the task is finished.

    Why is that?

    Maybe it has something to do with trying to do something you were never meant to do. Please do not misunderstand, I am aware that growth comes from accepting a challenge and stretching our abilities. We need to do that sometimes. We should attempt new endeavors occasionally, if for no other reason to be reminded that we are in the right place doing the right thing... the thing we were meant to do.

    I remember when I was in high school and college doing various part-time jobs (working at the car wash, hauling hay, construction jobs, cleaning toilets, etc.). I would spend part of the time each day dreaming about one day doing what I really was meant to do, thinking that surely there is more that I could and should be doing. You see, I found no joy in those jobs. They were strictly a means to an end: I worked so I could go to college.

    As I have grown older, I have learned that there is more to life than just making a living. There is something that I was meant to do. Something that gives me joy. Something that gives me a reason to get up in the morning. Something that challenges me, but also fulfills me. Something that reminds me this is what I was meant to do.

There is something that I was meant to do.
    There is a scene in the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance where Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), who is in the match of his life (which involves more than golf), has driven his ball deep into the dark woods with only a small opening to the green. Because of his war experiences, Junuh has lost his nerve and not sure he has what it takes to play the game of golf as the phenomenon he once was. As he stands over the ball trembling from memories of war, his angelic caddie, Bagger Vance (Will Smith) calms him with these words, “Lay down your burden and play the game you were meant to play.”

    Long before Bagger Vance, and long before golf, God inspired Paul to write about His Body, “You are Christ’s body — that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.” (1 Corinthians 12, The Message) When you accept your “part,” there is meaning. When you try to be another “part,” there will not only be frustration and a lack of meaning for you, but the Body will not function as it has been designed.

    Now that I have found my “part” in the Body I understand. Whenever I try to do what I was never meant to do, it only makes sense that I get frustrated and struggle to complete the task. However, when I use the gifts God has given me, and let other “parts” of the Body do what they were meant to do, we each can find peace, joy, and fulfullment. The Body works like God meant for it to work. We do what we were meant to do.

    So let’s do what each of us is meant to do!

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      © 2002, Tom Norvell. Used by permission. A Norvell Note is a weekly email message from Tom Norvell. Check it out!

      Title: "Doing What You Were Meant To Do"
      Author: Tom Norvell
      Publication Date: July 6, 2002


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Tom NorvellTom Norvell is the author of "A Norvell Note." He ministers at the East Brainerd Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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