The authentic life begins with the simple desire to be who God created us to be and cooperate with God by playing the part he has designed for us in human history. The adventure of salvation begins when we stop asking, "What's in it for me?" and turn humbly to God in our hearts and ask, "How may I serve? What work do you wish for do you wish for me to do with my life? What is your will for my life?"
Every generation turns its back on God in its own way. Our modern era has revolted violently against the idea of "God's will." Desperate to maintain the illusion of being in control of their lives, many modern Christians have either turned their backs on God or created a new spiritual rhetoric that allows them to determine selectively God's will for their lives. And yet, it is the very surrendering of our own will to God's designs that characterizes the whole Christian struggle. The spiritual life is primarily concerned with the single dynamic of turning our individual will over to God.
God doesn't call you to live an authentic life in order to stifle or control you. He invites you to live an authentic life so that, from an infinite number of possibilities you can become the best-version-of-yourself. By calling you to live an authentic life, God is saying, "Be all I created you to be."
What is God's will for me? What implications does this have for my life right now, and on my efforts to live an authentic life?
God of love, as I come to the end of this Advent season, my heart is ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I join with Mary in saying, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord, let it be with me according to your word." Nothing is impossible with you, O God.
(Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Advent)