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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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Relationship Insights That Will Help You Go From Purpose to Vision

Relationships, they come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  From familial, to work, to spiritual to friends, they’re there.  Then you have the good ones, the bad ones, the loving, hurtful, toxic or empowering ones.  Well they all do one thing – grow you!

The word relationship is defined as a connection, association, or involvement; an emotional or other connection between people.

You are in a relationship right now – with me!  Think about that.

As a woman pursuing her purpose in God, desperately seeking the way to live out the greatness she knows she is called to, you are going to experience relationships that will empower you, teach you, test you, hurt you and disappoint you.

When I first started this journey of living my life on purpose with God at the forefront, I thought everyone would be happy for me.  Tereciah had found her purpose!  I was so excited that I knew, finally, why I was here on earth and I was bursting at the seams to do something with the gifts, talents, and skills God had given me and allowed me to learn.  I was ready!

People didn’t get it.  And it hurt – a lot.

My husband didn’t get it; my family didn’t get it; the people at work didn’t get it and even some of my Christian friends didn’t get it.  Talk about being deflated!

However, I did not allow those relationships to stop me or derail me and if you are in this situation right now, don’t let those relationships hinder or stop you as well.

Here are some quick insights to help you walk out this journey from purpose to vision.

  • Who Has Your Ear?

I once heard someone say that whoever has your hear has your mind.  If you allow people to speak words of doubt or lies to you, you will start to believe it. You will see yourself as the words they have spoken.  Words DO have power; whether spoken by you or by others.

  •  Surround Yourself

Not everything is good for you and the same principal holds true for relationships.  Not all relationships have your best interest at heart.  Surround yourself with individuals that are positive, willing to share, encourages you and is growing spiritually.  You want to be able to see fruitfulness manifesting in their lives.  You want to see these individuals doing what it takes to bring their vision into reality.  You want to see faith in action, and with that faith iron will sharpen iron.  In other words your faith will grow and increase because of their faith and vice versa.

  •  Disassociate and Pray!

There will be people in your life – family, friends and haters – that you will have to stop associating with.  It doesn’t mean that you don’t care for them or that you don’t love them anymore.  But you are trying to do God’s will and be obedient.  They may not understand.  If that is the case then keep your distance, be cordial and pray.

Well, what if it’s a spouse or a child or a parent or a best friend?  Then hold your peace and pray; hard (that’s another blog post)!

  •  Know Yourself

What things inspire you?  How do you like to be encouraged?  What traits are important to you in an individual (integrity, friendliness, etc.)  How do you see yourself?  Are you willing to grow?  What things are you willing to accept or not accept in an individual?  What type of relationship are you looking for?  Are you willing to change if necessary?  Are you willing to give to others?  Remember relationships come in different forms.

  •  Reflect and Learn

Take some time to reflect on relationships past and present.  Were they good or bad?  How did you end up in the relationship?  How did you grow?  What lesson did you learn?  Were there mistakes then that you see yourself making now? How have you changed?  Why did the relationship come to an end?  How do you feel about the individual or the situation?

Sometimes God removes individuals from our lives because He knows they are not good for us.  There are times when they are only there for a season – or two, and other times He removes you because He needs you alone.  He needs to pour into you; cleanse you; get you into spiritual shape.

  •  God First

Above everything and all else keep God first.  Let him lead and guide you.  Read his word, follow His decrees and allow Him to call you friend!

I hope these few insights have helped you in walking out your purpose to the big picture of what God says is possible for your life; your vision.

In my relationship with you, I hope we can continue to grow together!

To Your Greatness!

© 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana