Today’s guest blog comes from someone I’ve never met in person! Heather lives in Manitoba and we ran across each other’s work on line. I love what she’s doing so you should check out her website here, and follow her on twitter here.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God has a unique and incredible call on your life. In fact, He has something for you to do and accomplish that no one else on the face of the planet can do for you. If you don’t live it out, who will? Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. This verse tells us two things. First, when God created you it was purposeful – you are not an accident. Secondly, the purpose he prepared for you is to “do good works”. Well, that’s a little vague isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be nice if it said, he prepared you to “be a doctor” or to “be a singer and songwriter”? It’s hard to define God’s unique dream for you based on one verse alone, which is why you need to hear from God directly.
The day I realized God’s calling for my life was July 20th, 2002. I was traveling in Australia after completing 5 months of bible school in New Zealand. It was Sunday morning and my travel buddies and I were looking for a church in the small town of Byron Bay. We picked one out of the phone book and showed up, not knowing a soul. Right away the pastor greeted us and after hearing briefly about where we were coming from, asking if one of us would share about our time at bible school. My two friends quickly volunteered me and I accepted.
When I got up to share, I felt so calm and was able to speak clearly about what God was doing in my life. After the service was over, the pastor came and prayed for me and then it happened. He looked straight into my eyes and said, “Heather, you were born to be a preacher. Don’t stop until you’re speaking to thousands”. Those words were a new beginning for me, the birth of God’s unique dream for my life. But as I said earlier, sometimes what we think we want doesn’t always happen the way we think it should.
I didn’t speak again until 3 year after that day in Australia, and when I did I quickly became caught up in the idea of being successful and well-known. Instead of focusing on bringing glory to God, the one I was speaking about, I wanted the glory for myself. I wanted the success. My dream went off course and became something different than what God originally intended.
What about you? What are the things you want most in life? The world says the BIG DREAM is fame and fortune, money and comfort, power and popularity. Are your current dreams more in line with the world’s or is there still room for God’s way in your heart?
Defining God’s call is a process and it may not happen today. In fact, I’m sure it will take longer than that. But here are a few things you can do today to get a little closer to knowing what his dream for your life is:
1. Write down a list of all the things you want to do/accomplish in your life.
2. Look at the list again and see if any of your dreams seem to line up more with what the world calls success.
3. Spend some time in prayer and ask God to highlight a few things on your list that He wants for your life – things He’s really gifted you to do. Which ones stand out the most after taking this time to pray?
At the end of day, God truly wants what’s best for you. He has plans to prosper you , to give you hope and a future. He is good and has good things for you to do. But also know he sees the bigger picture, your beginning, present and eternity and his perspective on “the best” may be different than yours. Sometimes what is good is not fun or easy. “Good for you” like broccoli, not “good” like chocolate, know what I mean? “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways’, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). This is a good thing. Take comfort in knowing the one who holds the universe in his hands sees, knows and loves you incredibly. His calling for you is truly the best there is and its worth seeking above all else!