A couple of years ago while riding home from school, Zach, my 7-year-old-son says to his friend,
“Every night, my mom tells me that God made me for a purpose, and He has big plans for me.”
Of course, I almost wrecked out of pure joy hearing him share those words. He continued by saying, “All you have to do is open your heart, and God will share it with you.”
Wow! I have to be honest. “Open your heart" were his words, not mine. Reflecting on that, I know it was a word speaking directly to me. I felt confident that I was doing what God would have me to do - teaching and guiding women in fitness, nutrition and lifestyle management according to God's design. And while I knew that I was using the talents He has placed in me, the question I had to ask myself was,
“Am I only doing those things that come easy, or am I opening up my heart (as Zach said) for all that He wanted me to do?”
Allow me to share a little of my purpose journey beginning in 2009. I was starting my new business while going through a time of deep personal and spiritual struggle. It was a difficult time in life which left me with feelings of guilt and hopelessness. During this struggle, I began reading the book Pathways to Purpose by Katie Brazelton, which lead me to the realization that it was time for me to deal with a few things such as:
- sin in my life which I had ignored
- fear of the unknown and what others may think of me
- anxiety for the future because there were things out of my control
- perfectionism and fear of failure
I was stuck and missing out from the intimacy God desired with me and walking out the calling He had for my life. It took time to deal with each one of those issues in my life that was blocking the clarity and freedom God had for me. I knew that I had to “open my heart” for God to speak to me in each of those areas and allow Him to do what He wanted if I truly desired all He had for my life.
I knew that a seed was planted with a dream of becoming a Life Purpose Coach for women, which came later. I wanted to help women get healthy, not just on the outside, but on the inside. It was just a dream, yet not ready to take a step out. God had more work to do in me.
May I ask, “Where are you today?” Even though your story and circumstances may be different than mine, “Do you feel a little stuck as to God’s purpose for your life?”
Let me assure you that God has a design for your life. He knitted you together in your mother's womb with special gifts and talents to be used for His name. Ask the Lord to show you what may be a roadblock from living out God’s purpose for your life. He wants an intimate relationship with you and to give you the courage to take down, fears, worries, guilt, hurt, imperfections, insecurities that can keep us from walking it out, no matter the season of life.
All we have to is remember Zach’s words, “Open your heart and God will share it with you.”
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
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