CLARITY IS CERTAINTY
Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16) When you fix your gaze on God and glorify Him, you’ll know in your heart what to do.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) God plants the desires in our hearts and you know it’s His will for you if you feel a strong burning desire for it.
Reflect on the following questions to identify your life purpose:
- What motivates you?
- What were you good at when you were a kid, which you’d like to pursue now?
- What do you love reading about?
- If money is not a problem and fear or failure is not an issue, what is the strong desire in your heart that you want to do?
- To measure how passionate you are on this, would you do this for free?
- How can you glorify God in what you want to do?
My prior motivation for success was monetary value and title. As God changed my heart to do what He desires for me, my priority now is to pursue my purpose and passion. Money is not my driver anymore, because I believe that money will follow later on once I focus my energy in using the skills and knowledge He has blessed me with to glorify Him.
After 7 years that God has been laying out paths to define His purpose for me, it’s only now that I understand what I have been praying for to be His instrument of love. My life purpose is not to fulfill my own desire, but to be an instrument of God to be His disciple, and in my own way touch people’s hearts with overflowing love that only comes from God’s grace. I myself have witnessed God’s abundant love embrace me through other people He has placed in my life during my lowest points, and who rejoice with me with every little triumph.
The number 7 has a significance in the Bible, with reference to 735 times being mentioned in the Scripture. God created the heavens and the earth, day and night, land and sea, animals and human being, including Sabbath Day, all in 7 days. Seven denotes physical and spiritual completeness and perfection, and this is no coincidence that it took me 7 years to be ready in heart, mind and spirit for God’s greater calling.
From a marketing and account management background, my desire has shifted to photography and digital creatives. I asked myself if it’s a burning desire, and my heart echoed with a resounding “Yes” because my driver is passion over money, and I find myself reading a lot about these topics. I have attended a lot of photography workshops before and what stopped me was lack of funds to invest on gadgets. Head knowledge without practice is a waste, and I have to tear down the walls that hinder me from doing the desires God has planted in my heart. I am now upgrading my camera and lens to level up my photography output, and the next step is to perfect the craft through practice. Digital creative integration will define the success of any business venture nowadays, and I am immersing myself in this field to expand myself and be up-to-date with latest technological trends. As Clive Staples Lewis, a British novelist and poet said, “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
God is ahead of you. If you don’t know yet which path you should take, don’t worry nor be anxious because God knows the desires of your heart, and what you need to make it happen. (Philippians 4:6) Delight in the Lord and he will direct your path. Where your treasure is, that’s where your heart will be.