It’s Been a While….

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It is has been a couple of weeks since I have made a blog entry.  Why? Well, I have been busy, but in reality I have also been uninspired, lacked motivation, feeling, well…blah.  I thought about why I sometimes feel so inspired to write and other times not so much. After a good bit of thought, I determined it is a couple of things.

First, I haven’t been doing any reading. I would often read books and would find some nuggets of goodness that would spark a little something in me that would cause me to write. Also  I haven’t been reading my bible. It has literally been weeks. Now, I listen to Christian radio daily, (KLOVE) but have lacked a connection with God via His Word. My prayer life has been lacking as well. And lastly, I haven’t been attending church for weeks now. I didn’t realize it, but often times my creative juices just don’t seem to flow when I am not involved with or connected to God.

So with that being said, it made me think of other areas in my life.  What happens in them when I am not in sync with the Lord?  It honestly didn’t occur to me that so much of what makes my life full and prosperous stems from my relationship with Him.   All of my relationships with others, my work and even my leisure. So today, I am vowing to get back in touch.  Make a consorted effort to “Seek Him First”.

How Setbacks Can Be a Set-up for Success

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Encountering a Setback

Have you ever made a decision to do something positive for yourself or others? Making changes in your life and living fearlessly? You go along feeling good about what you are accomplishing then, BAM. You get blindsided with something that takes your breath away. It could be a bad medical diagnosis, a job loss, relationship issues, financial struggles. Whatever it is, it was something you didn’t expect or didn’t plan on.  The motivation you once had has either slowed or stopped completely.

Sometimes in life we experience setbacks. Take one step forward, then three steps back. It can seem as though getting ahead is impossible. I encourage you to stay the course. Eventually your forward steps will be greater than you backward steps. The times when you are tempted to quit, tempted to just forget about what you were trying to do, don’t. You can put your plan on hold for a minute or two if that is necessary, but don’t quit.

Refocus

Take this time to re-evaluate and refocus your dream, your  goal, your motion.  Think about what was working before the setback. Identify those things. Then identify the things that weren’t working. Actions you took or words you spoke. Gain a new perspective.

 Move Forward

Begin again.  Take one step at a time and use what you have learned during the time of struggle to motivate you to move full steam ahead. View the setback as a set-up for success. Often times our greatest lessons come from failure, mistakes or any kind of setback. Keep pushing past the fear.

What is Purpose and How to Identify Yours

What is Purpose?

Purpose is the reason why we were created. Why we were born. I believe God has something special in mind for each one of us. He has given each of us reason for being here. We are not accidents or a random group of cells. We were designed by our Creator. We all have a purpose for living.

What is MY Purpose?

You might be thinking, “Yeah, okay…but how do I figure out what MY purpose is?”  Let’s think about that. What is it that you are good at? What comes naturally to you? What can you do that takes little effort? Whatever that may be is likely your God-given gift or talent.  I am not talking necessarily about something like singing or athletics, though it can very well be that. It could be that you have a nurturing spirit, that you are able to teach people, that you are good at building doll houses…whatever.  I believe that what ever you are innately able to do that just comes naturally is your gift or talent. Therein lies your purpose.

Are you a good listener? Are you good at math? Do you have a keen eye for fashion?  Write these down.  Are you  using these skills in your current profession?  What ways might you be able to do so?  I feel that we are most content in our jobs (or life’s work)  when we are doing the things we were created to do.  Let’s say someone is a great listener and problem solver. What type of job might they have that would highlight those gifts? Mother, counselor, therapist, human resource manager? You get the idea. And if you think about it, everyone’s gifts or talents are used not just for them alone, but to ultimately to be of benefit to others. Think about all the “talented” people you know. If they never shared their talent with others what good would it really be?

Some of you might be saying, “That all sounds great for you but I am not good at anything, I have no gifts or talents.” That is simply not true. Perhaps you have a disability or an impairment and you feel that hinders you or your gifts. Think again. God has given you, unique gifts specific to who you are.

There is an amazing man by the name of Nick Vujicic. He was born without any limbs. No arms. No legs.  Most of us can’t even begin to imagine what that must be like. But by the grace of God and through the gifts of God, Nick has become known all over the world as an inspirational and motivational speaker. Though he did go through some very difficult times, he was able to realize that despite his limitations, God had a purpose and a plan for his life. He has been able to uplift others through his living example and share his faith testimony as well.  He is married and has 4 beautiful children.

Then there are people like Steph Curry. A hugely successful basketball player. One of his talents is his athletic ability. By playing the way he does, he not only entertains millions of people, but because of his demeanor and level of respectability, he is also a role model for kids all over the world. And being man of faith, He recognizes that his gifts all come from God and he is quick to acknowledge that.

Bottom Line

No, you are not Nick Vujicic or Steph Curry. But you, You have a purpose.  And God, God has a plan. Figure out what your purpose is and lean into it. And God will direct your paths and guide you into His desired plan for your life.

 

For more on Nick Vujicic, you can find him on social media and read his books, Life without Limits and Love without Limits.