Last week we learned how to look to God as our designer, be open to His will for our lives, and to understand how our life experiences are all part of discovering our purpose. This week we’ll review three additional keys to unfolding His plan for our lives.
Look to Your Intrinsic Gifts
What are you naturally good at? What comes easily to you? If you say, “I don’t think I have a special ability,” then I encourage you to think again!
God tells us: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV). Before you were even born, Jesus crafted gifts and abilities directly into your DNA!
Don’t overlook your God-given gift:
- Cooking elaborate, delicious meals for your family is “normal” for you. But that is a God-given gift!
- Encouraging others is second nature for you. But that is a God-given gift!
- You have amazing organizational skills that are kept “behind the scenes.” But that is a God-given gift!
Consider your natural abilities. They will point you in the direction of your life purpose.
Look to What Energizes You
Have you ever met anyone who absolutely loves working with numbers? Her eyes light up at the thought of sitting down with spreadsheets and data? That’s because this person is moving in her God-given purpose!
Moving in your life purpose will give you renewed energy. God is calling you to a purpose that flows with your passions and interests. Make no mistake – His purpose for your life will require work, sacrifice, investment, and commitment. But at the end of the day, your spirit will feel energized and empowered!
Moving in your life purpose will also produce passion. What produces compassion and empathy within you? What are you willing to fight for? What sparks a blaze within your spirit?
Discovering your passion comes from looking deep within your heart, mind, and spirit. To help with this process, I invite you to develop your “Mountaintop Message.”
Imagine yourself standing on the top of the highest mountain. The entire world can see and hear you. You have the attention of every person on earth, and you are given 10 minutes to share what is most important to you. What would you say? What would you want them to know? What would you want them to do?
Put your “Mountaintop Message” in writing. Go back to it regularly and modify it as you feel led. Share it with someone whom you trust. Keep it close to your heart, and ask God to give you vision concerning how to bring about this change in the world around you.
Honor the Process
As you seek God’s will for your life, keep your heart and mind open to new possibilities. Take advantage of opportunities to serve and use your gifts. Who knows? You just might “stumble” into your God-given purpose by volunteering in a new ministry! Or, your life purpose could find you while you’re simply sharing your testimony. Our Father has many creative ways to lead you into your God-given destiny!
Above all, allow the fruit of patience to have its place in your life. Remember – you are God’s creation, and He will reveal your life purpose in His perfect time. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).
And remember, you are who God says you are!