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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Personality And Past Experiences Will Help Reveal Purpose For My Life

In summary of Galatians 6:4 it says,
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others.”

Bottom line:
You need to look to who you are, what led you to be this way and what work you’ve been given.  Concentrate on that.  Don’t compare yourself with others.

What This Means to Me:
I am not to compare my life to someone elses.  Instead I need to carefully explore who I am and the work that God has put in front of me.  I can take pride in doing what God had shaped me for.  I can gain great satisfaction for doing what I’ve been given to do well.  A way for me to determine my purpose is to review what I really enjoying doing the most, what makes me feel fully alive.  Its the stuff in which time flies by quickly.  It’s also part of my internal make up.  By nature I’m very introverted, a thinker and one who tends to cooperate.  I need to also look at past experiences; extracting the lessons I’ve learned from them and how they have helped to shape me.  It’s often hard to see God's good purpose in pain or failure or embarrassment while it is happening. Only in hindsight can I understand how God intended a problem for good.  Extracting the lessons from my experiences will likely take time. I can start by reviewing my life little by little, pausing to see how God has worked in the various defining moments and consider how he may want to use those lessons to help others.  After this I may have a much clearer direction on the ways he wants me to minister to others.