Have you found it? Do you know the truth – your purpose and the reason for your being? I’ve found it. My desire now, is to do something, or say something, or write something that will be a beaming light, reflecting on a new reality that helps others find their personal destiny and stay true to their God-given purpose. So here it is . . .
Every one of God’s creations has a purpose. Our task is to seek the truth and find our purpose. Then, we work to stay true to our purpose while maneuvering through the ups and downs of everyday life. It can be an adventure if you embrace the ride, or a nightmare, if you let the ride embrace you.
The major hurdle in staying true to purpose is not you, but mastering your response to what’s going on around you. It’s how you were raised, your environment, what other people are doing, and what you perceive as available opportunities – much of which simply isn’t true. Then you – after listening, believing, and embracing a variety of opinions and reflections, are left to decipher through it all and determine what you choose to believe about life, God, purpose, and truth. It may sound difficult, but there are a few steps you can take and some questions you can ask, that will eliminate some of the confusion.
Here are two questions and two steps that will make a huge difference.
1) What will be my legacy? It’s not a fun question, but it is humbling to know that one day we all have to face our own mortality. At some point, someone will tell a story about whom we were and what we did. What will be your story?
2) How will I receive God’s Word – the Bible? The truth is true, whether we believe it or not. Our interpretation doesn’t change the truth. There is one truth and many interpretations. I have no problem believing the Bible in its entirety. I have no problem excepting that, if something doesn’t add up, God’s Word doesn’t have to change to accommodate me. I have to admit that I am wrong, seek forgiveness and make adjustments. This is my foundational belief on which everything else stands. How about you? Can you state your foundational beliefs? Can you base your life on those beliefs?
1) Develop a dynamic prayer life. This may sound like you are not doing enough, but it is one of the most powerful actions that you can embrace. Proverbs 19:9 says, “The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” One way that God directs our steps is through prayer.
2) Do a personal assessment of your beliefs, choices, and priorities. This is not just the every day, usual assessment. This is an assessment where you consider your results, your peace, and your joy. You also check to see if your actions line up with your response to questions 1 and 2 above.
The goal is to arrive at a place of harmony with God’s true intention for you and how you spend your day to day life. It means getting in touch with your gifts and talents and living life intentionally. Then, when you find cohesiveness, you stay true to it. You don’t deviate or turn to the left or right. You function with wisdom, skill, and awareness. Your eyes are always open and aware of the forces that seek to get you off track. You protect yourself and learn to discern what is really going on in the world around you. Then, before you get off track, and even when things are going well, you go back to your two questions and two steps.
There lies the key. In order to stay true to your purpose, you stay true to God and true to yourself. The same behavior that gets you there, keeps you there. Then consider some boot camp principles and learn to create your own opportunities. No matter what happens, keep moving forward. The rewards will be worth every ounce of your energy.
Copyright March 2013, Rhonda Y. Williams. All rights reserved.