Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Could Obstacles be Part of Our Objective?

By Allen White 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

Rick Warren says, “You can live a week without food. You can live a day without water. You can live five minutes without oxygen. But, you can’t live a second without hope.”

God created each of us for a purpose. I believe Rick Warren also had a few things to say about that. We have all been wired for a specific mission God planned for us long ago.

When we operate in line with that mission, we find a life-giving flow of energy, creativity, excitement and joy. When we operate outside of our mission, we find ourselves tired, unmotivated and certainly not loving every minute of it.

Don’t get me wrong. No one has a problem-free life. Jesus told us, “In this world, you will have trouble” (John 16:33). He wasn’t kidding. But, as Laura Story puts it so well, what if the trials of this life are “His blessings in disguise?”

Our problems are our teachers, and there are some days I want to skip school. But, trouble deepens our dependence on God and strengthens our character as a result.

But, if we don’t hope things will improve or that our present sacrifice will lead to a brighter future, life is rather defeating. If in following our mission we encounter trouble, we might take it a little more in stride. It goes with the territory. But, if we’re uncertain of our purpose, trouble can be devastating.

What do you long for? Do you long to fulfill God’s plan for your life, or do you long for some new toy? What preoccupies your thoughts? Are you hoping another person will change so your life can improve? Good luck with that.

The key to a satisfied life is aligning what you do and how you do it with what God has designed for you to do. If you’re not sure God has a mission for you at all, a course like Network or SHAPE or PLACE is a good way to start.

Please don’t misunderstand me. God isn’t necessarily calling you to quite your day job and move to Africa – but He might be. If you do meaningful work, then you just might have discovered your God-given calling. But, if your work is not a love-to-do and more of a have-to-do, you’re probably not operating in your sweet spot.

I know variety is the spice of life, but monotony pays the bills. But, would life be better while we are doing work we love every day, we also pay the bills? There is no greater feeling than working hard at something that matters far beyond our ability or lifespan. It’s doing God’s work.

What work has God called you to? If you don’t know, then ask Him. If you are in a difficult work situation, then ask God if you’re there for His purpose. He will give you insight into why you are there. And, don’t be surprised if He uses a little trouble to motivate you in the right direction.

God has a purpose for your life. You may never be a pastor or preacher. You may never work at a church. But, God has a plan uniquely suited to the gifts and abilities He has given you. Aligning with your purpose will bring joy and hope to your life.

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