What is God’s plan for me?
We all want an answer to the age-old question, “What is God’s plan for me?” We search books, the internet, our Bible, and our friends for a clear step-by-step guide to find God’s will for us. We may turn to religion or legalism to try and earn our way into God’s perfect will. We may reject His direction completely by striking out on our own, or feel paralyzed to make even one small step for fear of messing it up. Rather than letting God lead, we try and mold our life into what we think He wants.
We try & mold our life into what we think God wants.
All this guessing or assuming can cause us to view God as uncaring or manipulative. It destroys our sense of peace not only our daily walk with Him, but our future walk as well. It takes time in prayer to rediscover our dreams. The passions we may have lost by trying to be perfect or suffocatingly obedient may be the biggest key in unlocking the truest desires of our heart.
“But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.”
Your life is valuable and meant to leave a mark on the world. God knew the purpose and plan He had for you before you were born. He had a goal in mind for your life, as a way to shine His light to the world. He equipped you with special talents, desires, and qualities that would help accomplish this goal. The little nudges you feel toward the things you love aren’t always a coincidence; they are often clues to the bigger plan for your life.
When I think back over my journey to become a published author, I can see hints along my upbringing that pointed me to that destination. I was a girl consumed with reading books, laying in bed for days to read as many stories as possible, starting as young as 8 years old. I wrote fictitious stories that I shared with friends at school. I labored to create songs and poetry, knowing words were powerful to communicate my emotions and values. I loved letter writing and even had an established library of classic works by the time I went to college.
Just as my past points to my future, so does yours. Stop crushing your own passions because you believe God doesn’t like what you like. Maybe today you will begin to uncover that you and God are more aligned than you realize.
1.) Mondays can be hard. Take extra steps to ready-steady your heart for prayer and focused time with God. Breathe deep. Pray with your eyes opened. Do what feels best for your prayer time to be successful today!
2.) Take a moment to think back on the dreams from your childhood/younger years. What were you passionate about? What did your teachers encourage you to do more of? What did coaches say that made a difference in you? Ask the Holy Spirit to bring back memories of your passions and natural abilities. What about them stands out to you now, or still holds the same level of passion today?
3.) Write out your future dreams. With your past in mind, make a list of your goals/hopes/dreams for the rest of 2019. Then dream forward 5 years, and then 10 years. Don’t worry about saying it perfectly– this is time to dream from your own heart. Let God speak to you about this list as you go about your day today.
To be continued tomorrow…