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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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Doing It Alone

If you have a personal relationship with God then you know he has a way of speaking to you and answering your requests.  Sometimes it’s straightforward, other times it’s through people or things.

For a couple of weeks I had been studying the characters of Moses, Nehemiah and even Jesus.  See, I felt I was at the end of what I knew to do alone and I needed help!  So I told God about it.  Again, and again, and again.  Did I say, again?

If you’re like me, then God has given you an assignment, a mandate, a vision that he expects you to deliver.  As you walk out your assignment, your purpose, you question yourself.  You ponder if you will ever complete and do what is required of you and how!

You end up bogged done with the day-to-day activities, the back-end administrative type work you come to dislike.  The type of activities that keep you working in the assignment but not working the assignment; there is a difference.

When God called Moses and gave him the assignment of bringing his chosen people out of Egypt to the land He promised them Moses first thought was “Not me, Lord.  Send someone else!”

As Moses stayed under the leadership and guidance of God he learned how to be the leader God had already pre-ordained him to be.  But there is a lesson we can learn from Moses.

Moses assumed that the total responsibility of teaching, guiding and governing the Israelites fell on him.  And so it is with many of us.

There are many that God has given an assignment or vision to and you’ve endeavored to carry it out.  You’ve persevered, been obedient and stayed true to God’s instructions.

But at times the load is too heavy to bear.  Sometimes you feel that since God called you, you have to do everything and be responsible for everything.  You can’t.

Just as Moses listened and heeded wise counsel from his father-in-law, let us heed wise council from his story (Exodus 18:18).

Talk to God and tell him you can’t do it alone.  The vision or assignment he has assigned to you is too heavy to carry alone.  Ask him to send individuals to assist you – just as Moses did (Numbers 11:14).  It’s not that you are weak.  It just means that you recognize when you need help.  Sometimes God is just waiting for us to ask for help.

As you seek out specific individuals ask God to place the same anointing He has on your life on those individuals so His vision which is your vision will become their vision (Numbers 11:16-17).  Ask that they will be loyal and committed and love the Lord with their whole heart.  That they are clean from within the heart – because we all know that what comes out of a man is what defiles him (Matthew 15:11 & 18).  That they will desire to use their gifts and talents to glorify him by being used through your organization.

IN DEPTH EXAMPLES

  • Moses developed an assembly of people to a mighty nation with rules and laws.  A nation that could say God has brought them from a mighty long way.  He could not have done it without the 70 elders he appointed at the beginning.  He was their leader, but they were his arms.  As he equipped them to carry out what God gave him to give to the people, Moses was freed up to do what He really needed to do – sit before God and hear his instructions.
  • Nehemiah had a zest and zeal to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and God favored him to do so.  But he literally could not do it by himself he needed help.  He had to have the participation of the remnant that remained in Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city.  He was the leader but the people were his arms.
  • Jesus came to do the will of his father, God but he knew that in order for what he started to continue he would need helpers, hence the disciples.  He was their leader and while on earth he taught them what they needed to know.  When he left he continued their help by sending the Holy Spirit to be that guide – to us all.  His disciples, then and now, continue where he left off: spreading the good news, the gospel, to the four corners of the world and serving those in need.

You are the visionary and your job is to make sure you hear from God, follow his commands and encourage, teach and guide others into completing His task, in and over their lives.

With help you have more time to spend in God’s presence.  With help you have more time to do what you are graced to do (write, teach, study, prepare sermons, sit and listen to God speak to you, sing, meditate, paint, organize, etc.), to glorify God.

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  1. Go to God and lay your request before Him (as Moses did).
  2. Make a list of things you are doing that others can do.
  3. Determine who and what skill sets are needed.
  4. Ask God for discernment, wisdom, guidance and patience as you start your search and start building your team.
  5. Don’t forget to ask for the help. When you do your part, God will do His.

Never give up on what God has already pre-ordained for you.  Stand tall, stand strong.  Persevere, be patient.  Be kind and bless others.  Pour into others and others will eventually pour into you.

Sometimes the way seems cloudy and the assignments seem too large, but just know that if God called you for it then he has already placed within you everything you need to get the job done.  You are already anointed for it.

Believe in yourself.  Trust God and remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

Copyright 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quitnana

Write Your Vision In Ink!

“Pencil in your plans but write your vision in ink.”

That’s a sentence I read recently in a devotional.  A sentence that made me think “wow!”   See, many of us know the scripture that talks about vision, you may not remember the book (Habakkuk) or the verse (2:2) but you know what it says, “…write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”

So as you “write the vision, what do you see accomplished, achieved, attained?  What do you see as the “big picture” of God’s will for your life?  Write that in ink because it is already done.  It cannot be erased.  God said “He knows the thoughts He thinks toward you …to give you an expected end.”  Key words:  Expected End.  God already knows your capability.

Your plans, well, those you write in pencil.  Why?  Because just as I write this work on a tablet with a pencil, and having erased numerous times as my thoughts flow and change, so will your plans on how your vision will be attained.  Keyword:  Plans.

You may plan to do something a certain way, and it doesn’t work out.  So you have to go back to the drawing board.  You may have planned to go a certain route and God said, “No.”  Hire certain individuals, take certain positions, go certain places or manifest the vision a particular way – and all were subject to change.  Why?  Because you are the vessel and He has the authority to rearrange things as He sees fit.

So as you write the overall vision (the one that God orchestrated for your life. Not you for your life) for your life in ink, and plans change, stay strong, be of good courage and God will not only strengthen you, but lead you in the path of His righteousness.

I liken the above quote on penciling your plans to a quote God gave me: God never changes; only the circumstances do.

Question:  What is the “big picture” of what God says is possible for your life?  What is His vision for your life?  Write it down today.

 

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012

It’s Already Inside You

“Everything you need to accomplish the vision/purpose God has ordained for you is already inside you.” 

Have you ever heard that statement before?  I have.  It’s a statement I tell myself and others all the time. 

Recently, I proceeded to ask God a question in regards to that statement.

I said “Father, if you have placed everything that I will ever need to accomplish the task (purpose/vision) you have set before me to do, then how do I get it out?  I want your will to be my will but I’m not skilled  in marketing, or social media, or building a ministry. So, Father, how am I to take what you’ve placed within me, if I don’t know what’s there and how, and when, to use it?”

His answer: Obedience

Yes, obedience.  When we are obedient to God’s instructions then doors open and things happen.  You may not know how you will do it, where to find the resources, or what you will do.  But if you take that first step – and keep moving, God will pull out of you all the necessary parts.

You are the Vessel, and within you is an abundance of resources that God chooses to use to accomplish His task.  You were made in His image.  So, imagine you, the vessel, full of …

Strength; courage; boldness; faith; perseverance; love; gifts; talents; abilities; life experiences; world knowledge, spiritual knowledge, wisdom; understanding; relationships.

It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?

Imagine this, God gives you an idea, a thought, or command that is so far beyond your grasp you say, “I don’t know how God!”

He tells you “I want you to open a home for battered women.”  You say, “God me? Are you sure?  Where am I going to find the place, the money?  I don’t even know how to run a business!”  But in faith you take the first step, one at a time.

And as you step, He pulls out courage.  You go a little further and need connections, so He pulls out relationships, and then knowledge; and so on until the task is complete.

The relationships are people you’ve met along the way that can give you the expertise, connections or donations you need for that home.  The wisdom is in knowing how to take the information you’ve gathered and make good decisions with it.  The knowledge comes in as you apply it to your vision/purpose.

God’s word says that everything works together for the good of them that love the Lord (Rom 8:28).  Let’s always remember to seek first the Kingdom of God by doing His will for our lives. And although He has called us and we are His vessels, chosen vessels, that obedience is better than sacrifice.

Faith is the substance of things hope for (Hebrews 11:1) – the fulfillment of your dreams, vision, purpose here on earth.

Last but not least, let us remember that God has plans for you.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you; to give you an expected end (Jer 29:11).

Now, go, do, and be all God says is possible for your life!  Remember, it’s already within you!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Copyright 2012