What if the reason for my struggle is to get me to a place where I am so uncomfortable that I overcome my fear. The struggle pushes me to faith and prompts change, a different direction, therefore leading me to my purpose. Now, as far as understanding goes, I believe I’m pretty insightful. It was a gift I realized I had many years ago. I’m good at reflecting and working things out inside of me. When I was 15, I knew God was calling me into the counseling field some day and so I knew understanding would be a pretty useful skill to have. I have watched God grow that skill in me over the years. Of course, I still have an enormous amount of learning to do, but I keep digging in.
“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.” ~Proverbs 20:5
Why is insight and understanding so important anyway? Well, for starters insight helps us to see those things in us, those characteristics that need to be changed.
However, change is necessary to grow into who God created me to be.So what in the world is all of my struggling lately about? Well … lately is probably not an accurate description. It’s been about the last eight to ten years or so. Yes, that was about the time I enrolled to start college for what I felt was God’s plan for my life, counseling. I’ve been seeking Him daily and try to do good for others and my family.
This is the thing that I have come to realize. For me, sometimes struggles are to get me to do something different, and sometimes the struggles are because of spiritual warfare so Satan can stop me in my tracks. He knows he’s going down, and is fighting to take every last one of us with him.
The Bible tells us that the thief came to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus came so we could have abundant life. As I reflect back over the last decade, I have to wonder, what is he trying to steal from me?
So, my response is, “Satan you can’t take Jesus from me. You can’t take abundant life from me. You can’t take a peace that passes all understanding from me. You can have my failures and struggles, but I am stepping into God’s plan for my life and there, I will have joy.”
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Now, let me reassure you. I’m not totally clear on what God’s specific plan is for my life, and I definitely don’t know it from start to finish. That’s okay. I can pray and read the Bible and tune in to His direction, as He directs. Oh yeah! There are those times that I can’t seem to tap in to what direction He is pushing me to. I just continue to hold steady and keep seeking Him. That’s the plan.
Just a little something to ponder …
Just something to think on … Is God stirring you for something bigger than you imagined? Is Satan trying to stop you from succeeding in whatever your calling is? I’m not necessarily talking about having some big giant career here. I’m talking about just the simplicity of living in peace and joy. What is stopping you from taking that next step? For me, it was fear.
I heard it said many years ago, that fear was essentially placing my faith in the devil’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy. If that’s true and I’m letting fear stop me from living out what I know is God’s plan for my life, then I am choosing an unfulfilled life of heartache and struggle on purpose. I know for certain, I don’t want that. I have a clear vision that I believe God handed me, but not necessarily a clear plan for how to accomplish that vision (with all the steps laid out in a nice bullet format). So hang on, as this may be a bumpy journey, but it will be a journey for sure. I have to trust Him as I try to live intentionally in this life.
What is He calling you to? Is there something He is calling you away from? What is one thing you can do today to live and walk intentionally towards purpose or discovering what your purpose is?