Archive | August 2012

What Does It Take To Live a Life of Purpose?

“I am looking for my purpose.”  “I want to live a purposeful life.”  “I want to know why I am here on earth.”  Have you ever heard someone make those statements?  Maybe you, yourself have said them?

I have memories of sitting on my bed writing pages and pages of what I thought I wanted to do with  my life and reading books upon books about living on purpose and doing God’s will for my life.

I was happy and excited that I was being “purposeful.”  But here’s the thing, many of the books I read told me about how to “find” my purpose and how to use what I’m good at to fulfill my purpose.  But none of them told me arms outstretched,emotions,freedoms,happiness,joy,looking up,stretching,sun,women,peoplewhat it took, to live a life of purpose.  To go from “finding your purpose” to actually living out the big picture of the reality.  Yes! What it took!   The tears and frustration: the doubts and the fear.  The disappointments and the joys, oh, the joys!

And here’s the thing, if you are willing and ready to live a life of purpose you are probably wondering the same thing!  What exactly does it take to “do this?”   What does it take to step out on faith and do what God has placed a desire in your heart for?  What will it take to bring forth the greatness you know you have within you that is waiting to break forth and be the change?  Well, let me give you some wisdom.  Some “learn from experience” that can assist you as you travel the path God has ordained for you.  First, let me make this statement:

Living a life full of purpose means that it will take all of who you are  – the physical, mental and physical self – the whole you, to become the person and do the thing that God has already decreed over your life.

Some real life information on what it takes to walk the walk.

  • Living a life of purpose is a journey, a transition from where you are to where and how God needs you to be.  You don’t wake up one morning and “find” your purpose after searching for ever and then think like is going to be a bunch of roses.  No, it’s hard work and commitment and obedience to the Almighty.
  • To live a life of purpose you are always learning and growing.  You strive to gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  There is always knowledge that God is imparting into you whether through life circumstances, others or —.  If you don’t learn you can’t grow.  If you don’t and won’t grow then its hard press for God to use you like He needs to.  At each intersection of life you should have learned the lesson from the previous and get ready to learn for the one you are about to embark on.  It is a continuous process!

 

  • To live a life of purpose means to encompass the whole you.  What does that mean?  It means it takes all the parts of a car to get it to move in the direction it needs to go in.  Well, so it is with our bodies.  It means working on relationships, getting finances in order, taking care of our bodies, renewing our minds, learning and understanding what makes us unique and how God can and will utilize your strengths.  It means understanding the spiritual realm better, learning become.

 

  • Living a life of purpose means as you grow your faith should be growing.  You are deeper in the Word of God.  You study more and you no longer want or need baby food.  If God allows a test you’ll be able to recognize it for what it is and stand. Your prayer life is better, stronger and you truly understand that your walk is spiritual and not physical.  It means stepping out into the unknown and taking chances, big chances, chances that maybe no one else taken.

 

  • To live a life of purpose mean at times you may experience, fear and insecurities.  Feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, tired, and alone and fear may arise.  Trials and tears, temptation to do things on your own and in a hurry because you feel God isn’t listening or taking too long.  It means having and learning patience!  It means there may be times finances may look funny instead of happy.  It may mean staying up at 2am or 3am in the morning to work on projects, or having to learn how to use a program or do something – and possibility of tearing your hair out! – Because you don’t have the staff or the resources yet to do the work. It means when people can’t see what you see and try to bring you down with doubt, you stand on the promise God showed you.  You trust Him.

 

  • To live a life of purpose means loving life and what you do, what God has placed a desire in your heart to manifest.  It means standing firm in your convictions, your desires.  Standing strong, tall, bold, and proud!  It means having fun, laughing at where you were, where you are going and enjoying the ride.  It means gaining new insights, new friends and helping to change lives.  It means walking in your greatness.  Being a leader and serving the Body of Christ with the gifts God placed within you.  It means being totally committed and knowing without a shadow of a doubt there is no turning back.

So there you go. Some tidbit personal insights to get you thinking!  Doing what God has placed on your heart to do is a wonderful thing!  But you we have to understand that it’s not all a bunch of roses.  At the end of the day, saying yes and truly doing and becoming that person is all worth the effort.

Live your life on purpose.  A life full of all God says is possible.  Look for resources to help you and the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Stand in your greatness!  Do, act, become!  With God all things are possible!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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What Makes You Unique?

I do a lot of reading and listening to audio teachings that empower and grow me, and this past week I was listening to a well-known bible teacher that suffered from sexual abuse as a child.  She mentioned having many limiting beliefs about her ability when God called her into ministry and the many disparaging remarks that were made concerning her ability, background and mainly her voice. Her uniqueness is her voice.

What limiting beliefs have you been holding on to?

This particular teacher went on to say that although she had doubts and fears she was obedient. She knew that God had placed a desire to spread and teach the gospel to thousands.  The same uniqueness that others said would be a hindrance to her God actually used to show His glory in her life through television, radio, books, etc.

What makes you unique? 

As a child I could remember my father telling me that I was very inquisitive as he answered yet another question from me with a smile on his face. One day in my early twenties a co-worker made the remark “You ask to many questions!” in a very mean tone that I hate to admit, made me cry silently as I walked away with a look of hurt on my face.  All I did was ask her how everything was going since we worked in the same department but different areas and we were passing each other in the hallway.  It wasn’t even a stop and chat kind of conversation!  But that day has forever been severed in my mind.  I stopped asking questions for a long time. I know now that it was the adversary’s way of trying to deter what God had for me in my future.

I am very inquisitive.  I ask questions always have, but not just regular questions, no, my questions are thought-provoking and deep.  I like to call them the why behind the why questions. It’s just who I am. God has used my uniqueness to usher in a television show that encourages women to walk in faith and do what He has asked of them.

What has someone said or done to you that you that you have held on to that is keeping you from manifesting the greatness that is within you?

“There is nothing unique about me!” you may say.  Well yes there is.  God designed you.  You were not born to just take up space in the universe and then die.  No, you are here for a specific reason.  He’s gifted you with something that is ALL you!  Yes, others may do or have what you have or do.  But they don’t do it like YOU do!  Go read Jeremiah 1:5 again.  As a matter of fact, here it is for you! “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”NLT

God is NOT, let me repeat, NOT looking for people who are perfect.  He can and will take all of you, every single piece of you that others have written off about you and use it for His glory.

Stop allowing negative thoughts and limiting beliefs to crowd your mind!  You are great!  You are a leader!  You can accomplish and do what God has ordained for you.  YOU ARE UNIQUE!

Use your uniqueness; stop doubting yourself.  Stop allowing people to speak into you words and thoughts of less than.  Let God use you.  Let God’s glory shine through your life!

Do you need proof of God using common imperfect people for his glory?  Read Exodus and the story of Moses; read David the shepherd boy story.  Want some 20th century folks?  How about that bible teacher that has a rough voice or that born and bred Jew ridiculed by their family that God now uses to bring forth His glory?  I’m sure you can think of some yourself.

  • Take some time to write out your uniqueness.  What is that thing that says you?  You probably don’t have to guess too hard to answer it.  It’s what others have negative things to say about it.
  • Once you’ve acknowledge it decide if you really want to be known by it.  You have to know that if it’s inherent, then it will be with you forever, so you might as well use it!
  • Talk to God about it and tell Him you want to claim your uniqueness but you don’t know how.  Ask Him to show you.

Exercise your greatness; start with who you are!