“How did you get to this point” she asked. And I wondered, Where could I even begin to answer that?
I distinctly remember one evening, kneeling at the side of my bed, my infant baby lying only feet away from me in her crib, in our small room in the basement of my sister’s house, and it hit me. An overwhelming sense that I was on the brink of something huge. I didn’t know what it was per se, but I just felt it, as real as anything. And, I know I’m not alone…
Ever since I started going back to church and engaging in deep and intimate conversations with my fellow millennials, I realized one common thread in the tapestry of our generation: deep hardships – many of which began in the earliest years of life.
Now, this is something that is no coincidence. You see, we learn in the scriptures over and over that the hardest trials compel us to accomplish our greatest feats! Thus, our generation being stricken with grievous heartache, much of which is a result of external influences, is meat for a birthplace of something extraordinary.
Though I have been quite silent on this blog over the past year, I have not been still. The Lord has not ceased to take me on quite the unique journey, one He Himself carved out just for me. And though it has been taxing, I have witnessed miracle after miracle and learned lesson after lesson. Recently though, in His loving push to move me forward, I have made less time for studies than I prefer. (I find I am, by nature, more a doer of the word than a hearer – but I strive for proper balance.) But, He rewarded me greatly for getting back into better habits. As I began setting aside more precious, daily time, He persuaded my mind to recall specific talks I have heard over the last couple years that impacted me. And as I was impressed, I acted. No excuses.
Well, one talk that came to mind, I recalled, had something to do with millennials. And that is all I remembered. Luckily, we live in a day where if we even can recall just one word of a topic, we can insert it in the proper search bar, and the rest follows. So, as I searched I quickly found.
As it began, and as I watched, I remembered immediately. Ah, yes! I thought, This one changed my life forever, and impacted my year 2017 in a most exceptional way!
It was a talk by President Russell M. Nelson at the very beginning of January of 2016 for a CES devotional (I believe). This specific talk is titled Becoming True Millennials. Now, I would highly recommend clicking and investing 30 minutes of your life into tuning into the powerful and prophetic messages he outlines for us in that special, revelatory talk. But, I will say that I was incredibly moved for a second time, as I watched and listened to his words of love, care, vision, and understanding for our impressively influential generation.
My dear, dear friends… To go back to the question that I was asked by a loved one only a couple weeks ago “How did you get to this point?” I must tell you, it is not a coincidence. It took a great fall, a breaking down, and a rebuilding, remolding, and refining to find my personal ministry. To be shown by the One who created me who I am – who I’ve always been – and how that affects my life. I was reminded, and now I remember. It is nothing new, no new concept for my life, no ideas to show me a path I was never previously on, no redirecting to urge me to travel elsewhere. It has always been a part of me. The only factor that changed was my ability to see. And how do we see unless we are awakened!?
Yes. You are a millennial. You are different. You are unique. You are ridiculed, and tried, and tested, and beaten down, and gifted, and irreplaceable, and out of the ordinary, and so much more than you probably currently understand. But, as President Nelson mentioned, the understanding of who you are and what you are meant to do to usher the greatest work forward is only a question away. A question posed as the body of one simple, profound prayer to the Father as just three words: “Who am I?” Not “what is my mission,” or “who will I become,” or “what am I meant to do.” It is an infinite phrase, just as you are an infinite being. And that eternal question opens countless doors of vision and knowledge so that the road will be lit and you will see.
Hesitation and avoidance may be tempting. Necessary and directed action steps to achieve the impossible feats the Lord requires of you personally may seem kindred to some of the most persecuted prophets of old. And the refiner’s fire may burn like nothing you’ve ever felt before. But, I promise you, that you will personally come to know the Savior of the world more, and you will be fortified to accomplish all that the Lord asks of you, and you will see your angels ministering to you, and you will be filled with a joy indescribable, because you are seizing the mission you were called to in the world before.
So, be glad. Don’t hesitate. Ask. Accept the terms. And be a true Millennial!
~ with love and compassion ~
your Sister in Arms,
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