“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him…” – 1 Corinthians 7:17
Happy New Year everyone! I know its been a while since I’ve posted. The Christmas season was crazy busy for me! But I’m back and ready for God to do great things in 2017. I came across a scripture the other day that was very encouraging and timely for me, 1 Corinthians 7:17. It says, “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him…”
Did you know that God has given you an assignment? A specific calling special just for you. He sees something in you that is valuable and that He wants to use for His kingdom, His glory and your benefit. I read that verse the other day and the thought came to me… True success is not defined by fame or how much money you make, but by finding God’s purpose for your life and carrying it out with excellence.
So how do you find your assignment? How do you find God’s purpose for your life? That’s one of life’s greatest questions. And while it’s a little too deep to cover here on this post, I have a few suggestions about how to find it. First, pray about it. Then ask yourself the question, “what is that one thing that just makes my heart beat?” What is that thing that when you’re doing it you feel like you were meant to do it, like you’re making a difference, like you couldn’t imagine yourself ever not doing it. The kind of job that actually gives you energy rather than exhausts you.
I believe you can honor God with any career path, (as long as its honest and not against God’s word) it doesn’t have to be a position in the church. I heard Dave Ramsey say once, Chick-Fil-A doesn’t put crosses on their chicken sandwiches, but we pretty much all know what they’re about and they do a pretty good job of honoring God anyway. Excellence and integrity are both honorable to God.
Once you find your calling or if you already know what it is, (and you can have different ones at different times of your life, sometimes your greatest callings come later in life, look at Moses and Abraham) here are 3 ways to move toward success in them.
- Get rid of an “I can’t” attitude. – Phillippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” If you tell yourself you can’t, you won’t. If you’ve already made up your mind that it can’t be done, you’ve already sealed your fate. Telling yourself, “I can,” and truly believing it changes everything.
- Never stop educating yourself. – “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22. No matter what level you reach you’re never too good to learn. Find mentors in the areas of your life you want to be successful in and learn from them. They can teach you in minutes what it took them years to figure out. And if you’re not a reader, you should start (I’m not either, so I listen to audiobooks). Read things that teach you, fire you up and challenge you to get better.
- Surround yourself with people challenge you to get better – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20. If you ever find that you’re the smartest or most talented person in the room, you should find a different room. One of the best ways to grow is to surround yourself with people who are smarter and more talented than you. You learn from them and it forces you to step up your game to get closer to their level. If you aren’t being challenged, you get comfortable and when you get comfortable you don’t grow. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
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