(God’s Principles for Success)
Life is more than a road trip. It’s a trek to parts unknown. Do you feel like you’ve lost your way? Or maybe you just don’t know where you’re headed, especially, in these trying times.
You expected things to be different than they are now.
You thought you’d be somewhere else. Maybe you sense a great loss. Your destiny looks like it’s six feet under ground, and the best you can do is throw dirt on the coffin so you can forget about it.
Well, I’m telling you to put down your shovel and look up.
Don’t give up on yourself, because God hasn’t. You can find your destiny in God. He still has plans for you.
GOD BELIEVES IN YOU!
He’s waiting like a proud papa for you to take baby steps toward Him and toward His desires for you. And those desires are good. I promise.
“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jeremiah 29: 11 GW)
You have a future filled with hope.
YOU HAVEN’T FAILED
Maybe you feel confused, wasted, or overwhelmed. Many people do right now. That’s okay. You haven’t failed.
I’ve been there too. But those difficult times turned out to be learning steps in my journey.
For example, when my husband and I were raising our five children, I felt like I was hanging onto the back of a runaway train, trying to keep up with all the activities that church and home seemed to require.
My life revolved around my family, laundry, meals, cleaning, and teaching elementary and Sunday school. I was always busy, always running in circles, and always exhausted. But I didn’t realize how God was preparing me for an even bigger plan.
Never-ending laundry is not your destiny.
(Yes, you still need to wash clothes.)
You can know the steps that will take you higher.
God has principles hidden in His word that will point you in the right direction.
FIND YOUR DESTINY IN GOD WITH HIS GPS
(God’s Principles for Success)
In times past, people used a compass to find their way.
The arrow always pointed north. From that position, they could determine which direction to go—north, south, east, or west.
FOUR DIRECTIONS THAT HELP YOU FIND YOUR DESTINY IN GOD
Let’s start where you are now—at the cross.
Maybe you think you are perched at the edge of a cliff, but you’re not.
You are standing at the foot of the cross. No matter where you are in life, and what circumstances you may be facing, Jesus paid the price so you can be with Him now and forever. So, as you wait at the foot of the cross, look up. Because that is the first direction that God wants to take you.
FIND YOUR DESTINY BY HEADING NORTH: GO UP
Because Jesus redeemed you, you have full access to the Father’s heart.
I often heard that concept, but never fully understood how to get close to God. He seemed so far away. However, all the plans and purposes He designed for me and for you dwell in His heart. I decided to chase after an intimate friendship with God. You can too. Be persistent. Friendships take time. Sit on His lap. Sense His warmth. Trust in His love. Then lay open your heart.
He can’t wait to share His treasures with you.
This refrain that David penned can be your song too: “You have heard my sweet resolutions to love and serve you, for I am your beloved. And you have given me an inheritance of rich treasures, which you give to all your devoted lovers.” [Psalm 61:5 TPT]
Let’s pray: Lord, I love you. You tell me that you love me just the way I am. Help me get close enough to you to feel your heartbeat.
FIND YOUR DESTINY BY HEADING SOUTH: GO LOW
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get distracted?
Distracted from the task at hand, distracted from goals, and most importantly, distracted from time with God. As Charles Hummel so aptly put, we are victims of the tyranny of the urgent. We get trapped in a negative cycle. Then we scold ourselves for not being more disciplined, and deep down we think—if I beat myself up a little more, that will remind me to do better next time. I just need to remember what a worm I am. Go low, right?
Well, no, because that’s not true humility. God doesn’t work that way.
He doesn’t slap you on the wrist if you get it wrong. Instead, He gently takes you by the hand and says, “Let’s work together.”
Humility looks like childlike faith.
Listen to this promise He makes to those who embrace humility: “Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this little child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm.” [Matthew 18:4. TPT]
We must learn true humility from the Man who humbled himself to do everything the Father asked of Him. Just as God had a plan for Jesus to save the world, He has a plan for you to bring people into His kingdom. Father God would like to take you by the hand and lead you in the way He has prepared for you.
Let’s pray: Lord, I want to know you as the Father who always holds my hand. Please give me childlike faith in your ability to care for me.
FINDY YOUR DESTINY BY HEADING EAST: GO BACK
First, let’s take a look at where you began.
Looking at your history can help you embrace your destiny. God deposited gifts in you before you were born. Then He nurtured those gifts and callings as you grew.
God planted a specific destiny in your spiritual DNA even before you were born. Every sunflower began as a seed. All the elements needed to produce its roots, stalk, leaves, and flowers were stored in that kernel.
Likewise, your talents, giftings, and much of your personality resided in you in seed form at your beginning. For example, are you naturally quiet, or outgoing? Does solitude strengthen you, or does interacting with others boost your energy? What other traits do you think you were you born with?
…but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. [Psalm 139:16 CEV]
Now let’s look at where you’ve been.
What paths and experiences have you had so far? Where have they taken you? How did that develop your character? Isn’t it funny how we can learn more in seasons of hardship than we can when life is easy?
My primary path has been as a wife and mother. I dreamed of having a close family—something I missed out on in my own childhood. I relied on God and my husband to teach me how. My nurturing abilities developed in the trenches of dirty diapers, sleepless nights, and hours in the doctor’s office with sick kids.
Others could see God at work in my life in a way I couldn’t.
It wasn’t long before mothers started looking to me for advice. No wonder God still calls me to minister to women.
My thoughts go back to the days of the past, to the years which are gone. [Psalm 77:5 BBE]
Let’s pray: Wow, Lord! You have always known me. You gave me gifts designed just for me. Show me how you have already been growing my talents, so I can understand how to use them in the future.
FIND YOUR DESTINY BY HEADING WEST: GO FORWARD
This new life comes with a price.
In American history, going West spoke of adventure, opportunity, and the chance for a better life. Pioneers left the familiar comforts of home to forge a new path. They traveled by covered wagon, then cleared land and built log cabins, all while facing dangers in unknown territory.
Moving into the destiny God has for you will cost you something. You will have to leave familiar places to go to uncharted areas. You might not leave your own backyard, but you will have to explore undiscovered places in your heart.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” [Isaiah 30:21 NIV]
Let’s pray: Lord, I don’t know where I’m supposed to be going, but You do. Help me to see where You are taking me.