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The Secret to Living Your Purpose

A Year in the Spiritual Life... Discover Your Purpose: The Secret to Living Your Purpose


The Secret to Living Your Purpose

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The Truth Is

Living life with intention means making plans and setting goals. It means giving up the things you want to do so you can do the things that need to be done.

It means work.

We don’t like to hear that word: work.

We want our dreams to just appear as if by magic.

We have bought into the fairy dust and genie in a bottle mentality.

Don’t believe me? Then answer me this: how many times in your life have you daydreamed about what you would do if you won the lottery or inherited some large chunk of money?

Somewhere along the line we have all had the thoughts “if only”.

If Only…

If only I had a different job.

If only I had a husband.

If only I had more money.

If only I was born to a different family.

If only is dangerous. If only robs you of contentment. If only stops you from moving forward because it keeps you moving in circles.

We need to stop living in “If Only” Land and start living in this moment.

You have been placed in your environment for a reason. You are who you are for a reason. You are designed by a Master Maker for a purpose and you need to start living for Him in that purpose.

No More Ifs: Only NOWS!

One step at a time, one moment at a time, your future is made up of nows.

Say to yourself:

Now I will sit down and budget. Now I will chose to spend time in God’s word and pray. Now I will practice my calling by teaching a Sunday school class. Now I will _________ (fill in the blank).

Now is the time.

Hebrews 11 says “NOW faith is”. In this moment, in this time how are you living? With intention? Working toward a goal and a purpose? Living in the NOW? Walking in faith?

If you feel like you are stuck in the same rut as yesterday and you want to change it, start with NOW., because a rut is nothing but an open ended grave, going nowhere and waiting for you to give up and lie down.

In this moment you have the control. Make a list of things you know needs to be done and begin. Take a step forward in faith, even if you do not see where your foot may land. Like Indiana Jones (TM) you will find there is something there to catch you.

You can stop living in the if-onlys and begin to move forward toward your purpose. It takes a little work and a lot of faith, but I know that with God all things are possible.

Question: Do you use a check list or to do list to motivate yourself to get things done?

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