Updated: Feb 24, 2021
There is a deep desire within each of us to live a life that is full of promise, hope, and purpose. As a matter of fact, it is because of this reason that so many are deciding to leave jobs, relationships and situations that no longer serve them or what they are being called to do. Taking that step can be difficult and take years and requires us to build the courage to do it. Here are a few tips of what you should avoid and not avoid while on your journey to living a purpose driven life.
1. DON’T LEAVE GOD OUT
Why? God wants to help us and cares so much for us. He desires to be in constant contact and communication with us. I see him as a lifeline. If I become distant or do not stay near him, my life or at least my perception of my life, is in shambles. With God, there is a peace that comes over me. That is because, I keep God close and in the loop. When we leave God out of determining what our purpose is, we fall prey to people, places and situations that is the exact opposite of want God wants for us. This leaves us open to all sorts of foolishness and distractions. With God in the mix, we can be sure that we stay on the right and true path.
Day and night I’ll stick with God; I ‘ve got a good things going and I’m not letting go. Psalm 16:8
2. DON’T COMPARE
Comparison can truly be the thief of joy. If you allow it. A mistake I made when starting this blog was to researching other blogs that had the same or similar content. I wanted to get and idea of what they were dong and how they were doing it. I also hoped to become inspired by the style, format and message of other bloggers. While I did walk away inspired, I also felt discouraged, overwhelmed and intimidated. I saw their success and growth and thought that was biting off more than I could chew. I compared myself to them not realizing that they had their own process and path to get where they are today. Yes there will be others doing something similar to what you were called to do. Guess what? They will not be able to do it like you. God made you unique and special. Stay true to that!!!
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. Each of must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5
3. DON'T GIVE UP
Yes, it will be tough. Some days you will feel like giving up but hang in there. What I have realized about purpose is. It will require and force you to grow. It will be uncomfortable and seem scary. God will never make a mistake in assigning us a task. You can rest assured that the greater the calling and purpose, the bigger the reward!
Be brave. Be strong, Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. Psalm 31:24
4. DO PRAY AND FAST
Praying changes things but fasting shows your intention and commitment to what God wants for you. Prayer is the way we communicate to God. We often give thanks, repent, share insights, and make requests. Fasting is willfully deciding to refrain from eating and drinking. Of course, there are many different types of fasts that emphasize how long, which foods and drinks and when it will take place. When fasting, you are essentially denying your flesh and feeding your spirit. When doing this, you open yourself up to hearing and knowing God more deeply. By knowing him, you can understand what he wants or has created you to do. You also cut out all of distractions that are blocking God’s calling on your life. God’s word is clear that for some things come by fasting and praying. Give it a try.
Ask and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh recieveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew7:7-8
5. DO SPEND TIME ALONE WITH GOD
This one may seem like it would be the same as prayer but it’s a smidge of a difference. God often works when we stop working and trying to control things. Spending time with God allows us to slow down and be in His presence. Find a quiet place with little to no distractions. Get nice and comfortable and relaxed. You can choose to use headphones or ear plugs. Sit in the silence and stillness or play relaxing sounds or music. If you have never done this it is similar to the same effect of meditation. I know it probably sounds cray cray but trust me, this is necessary. You will find yourself becoming more and more calm. Soon enough, you will experience God’s presence. Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Matthew 6:6
6. DO READ, UNDERSTAND. APPLY THE BIBLE
The Bible is the key to each and every one of life’s many questions. It is our study guide to the many tests of life. Our purpose is no different. God wants us to know Him and the purpose he has for us. It is not like he is hiding it from us. God also realizes that the key is embedded in his word. You have to be hungry to find it. ( Ha, you definitely will be from fasting). When you do that, God begins to reveal many things to you that will blow your mind.
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Proverbs 4:5
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
7. DO THANK GOD DAILY (BONUS)
I added this one free of charge!! You’re welcome. This one is a must. No matter what your circumstance is, thank Him. Gratitude makes a difference in our situations. It helps us to find the silver lining in the most chaotic times of our lives. What if God took away all the things you failed to thank him for? Would that leave you in worse shape than you were initially? If so, thank him for every single thing!
Be cheerful no matter what pray all the time; thank god no matter what happens. This the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18