Friday, March 18, 2011
Reconnecting with Vision and Purpose for Your Life
God has uniquely crafted you to fulfill His good purposes. In addition to serving others, we were made to enjoy God and find and fulfill our callings in work, ministry, and life.
But sometimes we can be weighed down with the heavy rocks of grief, anger or unresolved conflict. We may be carrying a grudge, feelings of inferiority, or a self-centered versus and other-centered orientation. Whatever the rocks are that you carry, they may be holding you back from moving forward.
Maybe you think you’re not good at anything. You may think you don't have any special talents-—at least ones that have not yet been recognized. When you think you can’t, when you think that you have nothing to offer, remember what someone told me recently, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”
When God calls you to do something, you can either hang up and ignore it, or you can listen, step out in faith, and allow Him to furnish the resources you’ll need to get the job done.
You were created by God and for Him. (Colossians 2:16). He crafted you with your unique intellect, creativity, and personality to use your talents and develop your gifts. “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:4-8).
I’ve heard that baseball players mentally prepare themselves for a game by picturing in their mind the steps they will take during the game to win it. They see themselves winning it. What do you envision for the next stage of your life? For years down the road? Why not picture yourself joyful. Envision laughing with friends, enjoying family, and doing what you love best.
What is your passion? What do you dream of doing in life, work or ministry? Take some time to find out what your spiritual gifts are so you can use them. Consider getting a life coach to help you sort out your choices. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
God is calling you to something new in this next season of your life, what will your answer be?
Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado. Her hope-filled and encouraging books include "Power Prayers for Women," "When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty" and "Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times." Jackie also writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website.