June 28, 2012

Moving Forward In Life

What do you want your life to look like, and what will it take to get there?
These are two appropriate questions I pose to people that want to make sure they don't miss their destiny.

Many Christian believers agree with a world view that God's will for every follower of Jesus is the same.  It is a world view that discounts personal dreams and visions and restricts each person's future to evangelism.  It is a standard that places guilt on those that share Jesus outside of the religious lines of conformity.  World views are composed of our basic beliefs about God, relationships, professional pursuits, self-care and influences our approach to life.

Although I agree that life with God should include introducing others to Jesus and telling them that He is the only way into the Kingdom, I believe that God has designed each person with unique gifts and skills for the purpose of sharing Jesus in a way that does not compromise who He created them to be.  I believe that God cares about the desires of our heart and our dreams for the future (Psalm 20:4, Psalm 37:4) and delights in our individual expression.

Assuming that you are committed to Jesus let's return to one of our original questions, "What do you want your life to look like?"  The first step in defining your future is to connect or reconnect with the desires of your heart.  Dreams are often lost when painful experiences are not properly dealt with.  Unresolved issues rob our ability to remain fixed on the passions that God placed in our hearts.  Unhealed emotional pain hinders everyone's ability to live from the fullness of who they are.  A dysfunctional, unrealistic world view also defines our self-perception.

Identity and dreams cannot be separated.  People that know who they are often know what they want and how to get there.  However those who don't know the truth about their identity are frequently crippled in their ability to move forward in life. They often loose hope in the future.  They don't realize that God has a plan to release them to a promising future (Jeremiah 29:11).

I suggest that people who feel disconnected from their destiny begin by asking Jesus to tell them the truth about who they are and remind them of their forgotten dreams.  Once connected to your passion you can ask God to order your steps and begin to move toward your destiny (Proverbs 16:9).
 "In all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your paths" ( Proverbs 3:6).

People frequently tell me that it is encouraging to know that God is willing to help them move forward.  They feel comforted knowing that He is the answer to their internal confusion concerning their future.  It is exciting to discover that embracing your dreams is actually partnering with the Lord's vision for your life.
"The steps of a man are established by the Lord; And He delights in his way"  (Psalm 37:23).

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