There is a lot of talk about people “reinventing” themselves. Lady Gaga and Madonna have done it countless times. This is really all about changing yourself, as far as people can see, to appeal to them in a fresh way.
But we are not inventions, we are creations. Reinventing ourselves isn’t possible because we were created as God made us. Each of us is unique with a special calling and purpose for life. When we find that our purpose or mission gets stale, is it time to go after something different or someone else’s purpose?
I believe the answer to that is almost always no. Assuming that you have taken the time to hear from God about what He wants for you and have pursued that, He doesn’t typically take people in another direction. Moses, Joshua and Esther all had assignments. While I’m sure each of them faced times of feeling discouraged, frustrated, unpopular or even bored, they stayed on the course God set for them.
Moses didn’t likely say, “Maybe I should get a tattoo or dye my beard; then the people will want to follow me. I just need to reinvent myself.” I doubt that David said, “Maybe if I get a drum and a little more base in the background, these songs would be more popular.”
They knew that the outward packaging wasn’t nearly as important as the One would created the contents. Each of us is unequalled in our abilities to answer God’s call and stay faithful to it. If you are getting discouraged in your purpose… feeling like the honeymoon is over… it doesn’t mean you need a new hairstyle or especially a new spouse. It just means you may have forgotten who called you and lost sight of the passion that initially accompanied the call.
A good marriage therapist will help troubled couples get back in touch with how they felt when they first fell in love. The same is true for you, in life and in following the mission(s) the Lord has called you to. If you are bogged down in focusing on growth, profit, success (of marriage, ministry, kids, or business) you aren’t as free to simply attend to the things you love and let God be responsible for the outcomes.
All of us need to focus on not becoming stale in our relevance and relatability to others. It’s a good thing. I’m in favor of fashion updates. If you’re still wearing your “mom jeans” or your ‘70s sweater vest, rethink it.
But fulfilling your purpose doesn’t rely on reinventing yourself, it depends upon reconnecting with your Creator.
To re-ignite purpose, reconnect with the purpose giver.