Since I was a child, I had my life figured out. Why? Because I’m a planner. I knew what college I would go to, what career I was going to have, and where I was going to work. I was very clear about what the rest of my life would look like.
Spoiler Alert: My plans and my reality did not always agree. What I learned was that God had a much better plan for my life than the one I put together years ago.
All It Took was a Conference for God to Remind Me of My Purpose
I remember sitting at a conference years ago and the preacher/speaker asked each person to think about what breaks their heart. Really this was another way to ask the question of, “What are you passionate about?” in an effort to get us to identify and focus on our respective purpose(s) in life. As I sat there and thought about my own purpose, I expected the same three responses to cycle through the crowd as if there were only very limited correct responses to the question, “What breaks your heart?”. When it was time to share, I was reminded that God created each person special and unique. The answers varied from person to person, but in all honesty I don’t remember the specifics of the responses that were shared that day. I really just remember what God was saying to me.
That day I was reminded that my purpose involved Proverbs 31:8-9 which states, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Was this the first time I realized God’s purpose for my life? No. Was this conference a much needed reminder of the plan God has for my life? Absolutely.
Fast Forward to the Present
Looking back on where God has already taken me is unbelievable and truly humbling. I have traveled to places I never imagined I would see beyond the pictures I may see in magazines. I have served and used my gifts well beyond what I thought I was capable of doing. I have seen God’s grace, mercy, and love move in my life even though I’m not even close to being perfect.
I say this not to brag, but rather to highlight the goodness of God, the true rewards of turning everything over to God, and the limitless blessings that come with allowing God to order my steps.
No, life may not always feel like it is full of sunshine and happiness. There will be times that you may get discouraged, but surround yourself with people who know the power of prayer. Choose this day to live a life of #PurposeOverFear.
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