I have a deep love of walking outside especially in the area parks and gardens. Taking the time to walk the different paths never fails to feed my soul. But each time I venture out, I choose the familiar paths and rarely veer off into an unknown direction. I am definitely a creature of habit.
Staying on a known path has been my heart’s desire for as long as I can remember, but God has creatively taught me that new and amazing things happen when I let myself follow Him, wherever that may be. Our journey through life follows a path that is filled with known, unknown and everything in between. We make choices along the way that lead us forward, keep us standing still or even take us backward. The beauty is when we allow God to be the compass that leads us along the path we find that the unknown becomes known.
The last three weeks I have looked at our potential, purpose and passion and discovered that the three belong together. There are times we believe they function separately, but as a believer the three are tied up in the life we handed over to God in baptism. He guides us to Him by using all three in harmony to lead us on the path which ultimately steers us to Him.
As I have learned more about potential, purpose and passion, God has opened my heart to seeing how all three merge together to guide us in our life’s journey. I am learning….
The compass of our hearts align with God when our potential – God’s gift to us when we were born – is given back to Him to use as He chooses.
Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 1 Peter 4:10-11 (MSG)
Our purpose naturally falls in line with our potential as we release all our questions as to “what’s next” to God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Our passion is realized when we say “yes” to the whispers God shares when we least expect it. It wraps potential and purpose together and shows off as the deepest dreams of our heart.
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT)
Finally, we will find our path when the compass of our heart is pointed to God. Potential, purpose and passion come together as we walk the path that God has chosen for us.
Letting go of ourselves and our agendas makes space for God to use our potential, reveal our purpose, define our passion and guide us in our life’s journey. Trusting in God allows all of this to happen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Today and everyday my prayer is to understand more fully God’s purpose for me. What I forget is that my prayer needs to add a component of letting go so God can provide the answers. My prayer for all of you is for God to reveal your purpose as you release the outcome to God.
Blessings of grace along the way!
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