What is God’s plan for me?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Our mind is a powerful tool that God can use to accomplish great things. Yesterday when I encouraged you to dream for yourself, I hope you used your mind to uncover hope for your future! But for today I encourage to you set your dreams on the altar as a sacrifice and let God speak to you about them. I did this recently and what I found was not what I expected.
I grew up passionately pursuing music. When I accepted Jesus, I felt a call to full-time ministry on my life. It was a natural fit to believe that I would grow up to be a worship leader in a church. I led worship for years in high school and college, and even on staff at a church before I had kids. All my schooling and extra curricular activities revolved around music. I attended college with the sole purpose of becoming a worship pastor and received the largest scholarship given by the school to study music ministry. All signs seemed to point to “Yes!” for this call on my life.
But as I recently reviewed my past and the passions I had, I asked God about my future. I was shocked to find I no longer feel called to be a full-time worship pastor. I knew I had put that dream “on hold” for a bit to pursue other things, but I always felt I would come back to it. I had no idea I was still holding on to a dream that wasn’t from God for my future! While I know God will still use me in leading worship in the church, there is clarity for the big picture moving forward.
1.) Take time to listen. In the same fashion as yesterday, ask God what HE dreams for your life the rest of this year, 5 years from now, and 10 years from now.
2.) Evaluate what you heard. How do the dreams of God and your own dreams differ? How do they align? Are there any promises you feel God is revealing weren’t from Him? Did you test that promise in prayer when it came? Don’t be afraid to let God sort through the details of your dreams. Journal what He shows you.
3.) Imagine your life as planned by God. If you are to follow His purpose and plan, how will that affect those closest to you? What will need to shift in your own life to be obedient? Pray for God to instill hope for His plan rather than one you may have been following.
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