The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. –Frederick Buechner
We are reviewing OML Day 17, which is GPS – Finding Your Direction.
Do you have or have you ever used a GPS (Global Positioning System)? They can be quite handy when you are in a strange city and need to find your way around. When you are lost, they can be your quick ticket to becoming found. Through life’s journey of winding roads and twisted paths, it would be nice to have a clear signal from God, if we are to find our position in the world. Until we discover that place, our niche, our purpose in life, I feel certain we’ll always feel lost.
If we are to discover our calling, we have to turn to our spiritual GPS (God’s guidance) and how he created us. We all have different passions – those things you can’t hardly go for a day without thinking about. Those passions are put in your heart for a reason and it’s up to you to develop those passions, feel them out, improve them, study, research, act.
God wants you to be happy and to pursue your passions. That is why you have the passion in the first place. Make it happen. When you are happy and fulfilled, God beams with pleasure, like any father that is pleased to see his children happy and passionate about life.
To find our direction, our place, our purpose, we need to use our resources: our gifts, passions and struggles. We don’t need to worry or think about comparing ourselves to others. This will weaken our drive to find our purpose. We weren’t created to worry about someone else’s gifts or how they do things. We are to find our own way, find our gifts and use them with our own unique ability. Nobody else on the planet can do exactly what you can, the way you can.
To find your gifts, first ask yourself. Then, ask God. Then, ask friends and family – the ones who really know you. Write down 5 things (your main gifts or primary strengths) that you think you do really well, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is. Then, ask your friends and family to write 5 things. Where do they see your talents most clearly on display? When you get their lists, compare it to your own. See a pattern? Ask God to help you see what those things are you are best at, and what it is you should pursue. What do you care about most? What are your passions?
Perhaps you think you have to let go of your passions and pursue a real job – a job that gives you absolutely no passion but pays the bills. Paying the bills is good. We must pay our bills but God wants more for you than just that. You must find what God created for you to do.
Through our struggles, they teach us that we need to FROG out (fully rely on God) and depend on him when we aren’t strong enough to do it alone. Enduring these struggles also teach us what he wants us to do and to find our path in life. “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It’s a true statement, for me, at least. God also expects you to help others when they come to the same struggles and problems that you have experienced.
Use that creative license God gifted you. Quit worrying so much about how others see you or what they think. It simply does not matter. What matters is what God thinks and that’s pretty much it. Live your life according to what God wants for you, which is, yes, even following your dreams of being a writer or a landscape architect or teacher or artist, no matter what your parents or friends say. You have this one life. Who do you want to live for? Are you really going to live your life according to what everyone else wants? Are you going to be happy living that way? Or do you want to break out of the conformity and make your own road. You can, ya know? It just takes a little prayer, some action and determination on your part and a lot of faith. With those four things on your side, there’s nothing you can’t do!
I hope you are able to do the lessons under Make It Last for Life on pages 132 and 133. Make it an inspired Saturday. Love you guys. *hug*