Are You Lost?
The statement “finding yourself” sounds weird doesn’t it? How does one “find” oneself? What’s so hard about our lives that we can’t figure out what we are doing and where we are going? Yet, many of us spend the majority of our lives searching for our way and discovering what it is that we were created to do in life.
I’ve been there myself, and it really wasn’t until my late 30s that I began to discover my path , and the impact I could have on the world. My journey is still young and I’m still discovering little nuggets of wisdom along the way, but that part is fun now that I know I’m on the right path. I’m sure my life will look and feel entirely different ten years from now, but I’m comforted with the knowledge that I’m moving in the right direction.
But what about you? How is that search for your way going? Found it yet? For those that are truly on the right path, you know what it feels like, don’t you? It’s that spark deep inside that activates in that moment that you find your actions aligned with your calling. New York Times bestselling author, Michael Hyatt, states that your calling is where your passion, God’s favor, and profitability intersect. I agree with him, for the most part, but I’m not as hung up on the profitability part.
I’m competitive and wealth is a logical indicator of success; however, I find myself frustrated when my bank statement doesn’t match my perceived value. If I don’t watch myself I will chase projects that offer the most money while passing up projects that I’m uniquely equipped to create a positive impact. For me, the primary questions is “Where do I feel God’s smile?”
It’s when I lace up my running shoes and head out on an early morning run, when I hug my son and whisper encouragement into his soul, or when I stand before a crowd gathered to hear a message I carefully prepared for them. I feel God’s smile when the hair stands up on the back of my neck and my soul stirs deep within my stomach. I also feel God’s smile when steely determination rises up from my gut and I keep moving on a project even though I’m exhausted and everyone else has given up.
God’s smile is more than a feeling, so much more than skin deep emotion that we search for like hungry puppies. It’s an inner peace that settles deep inside your body when you know that you are doing the right thing, in spite of the world and its critics. It’s when you gain the courage to try again even though you failed dozens of times. God’s smile is our foundation for life and is an unchanging rock that allows us to achieve greatness in spite of ourselves.
So what changed in my late 30’s that allowed me to find my path in life? The truth is simple, when I kept searching for myself, my journey was discombobulated and frustrating. However, once I shifted my desires, dreams, and emotions in search for God, it was in Him that I began to discover the most important answers to my questions. The first and most important being, “Who am I and how can I make difference?”
Want to change your life today? Change your paradigm and stop looking for yourself. Instead, look up and thank the Lord for your blessings and ask Him what He created you to do……….. Then, listen.