I’m somewhat anxious regarding this blog, because I’m excited about what I’m about to share. I must be experiencing a slight rise in my blood pressure, because my heart is beating noticeably faster! Okay “self,” inhale, and exhale very slowly! Those of you who know me personally, are probably doubled over in laughter just about now, because you recognize those as the same words I have used on you when attempting to get you to calm down, and focus!
My recent blog was about the importance of knowing, embracing, and living “your calling!” Today’s discussion is, “when you find your calling!” As I’ve mentioned previously, JC and I are currently experiencing one of the most challenging times of our lives. With honesty I can say, under the circumstances we are adjusting well. The shock, pain, fear, and anger created by this situation,has been replaced with acceptance, self-confidence, courage, and excitement for our future possibilities. Accepting where you are in life, and allowing that acceptance to propel you toward your “purpose in life,” is crucial to your pursuit of finding “your purpose! As each day passes, I have found myself mourning my past less; which has allowed acceptance to set in, followed by me actually loving where God has me. And finally, I am able to say, “It is Well With My Soul!”
The main reason I’m able to accept where I am, and appreciate this “new life,” is because JC and I are not in this alone! I know that God is directing our path, and guiding our “foot steps!” However, this experience has challenged us both, and stretched us in a way that has moved us from “going through the motions” state of being, to “can’t hardly wait to see what’s next!” Many individuals get stuck in the “going through the motions” in life, because it’s comfortable, it’s easy, or they just can’t figure out what else to do!
A conscious decision was made not to discuss the details surrounding JC’s and my situation, because we believe by doing so, it may inadvertently minimize that God has “complete” control over our lives; and unintentionally convey that “man” has a greater influence in our lives. We are choosing to focus “internally,” not “externally,” which means we are choosing to stay God focused! My objective is to illustrate for you, through JC’s and my example, that there are positive ways to handle negative situations! My strength, “your strength” comes from the Lord, which dwells within us, “internally!” The external influences doesn’t, and shouldn’t carry more authority over our lives than the God we serve!
JC and I believe, that in order for us to remain worthy of God’s “calling” in our lives, we must strive to honor Him in all that we say, and all that we do! By not moving past the decision which was made, that gravely affected our lives, we believe that we would have declared ourselves victims in this story! We prefer to be the “authors” of our lives, by having the courage to write our own story, which means living our purpose. We choose to empower ourselves, by not allowing a decision made on our behalf to discourage us from pursuing God’s mission for our lives, “ministry.” We choose to be “victorious!”
When God Works On Your Heart!
You know when God is working in your life, and when He is working on your heart, because you are able to shift your complete focus on Him! All that matters to you, is “finding your calling!” You know that God is the answer to you finding it, so your eyes are fixed on Him! Remember, what man may, or may not value, is what God cherishes the most; because He created “all man” for His glory!
Hit Over The Head With a Brick:
On August 6th, JC and I attended the “Global Leadership Summit, hosted by Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church. We always enjoy attending these leadership summits, but even more so this year, because JC and I both were eagerly seeking God’s direction for our lives, and we were not disappointed! There were several speakers that resonated with me, and at times I felt that they were hitting me over the head with “bricks” supplied by God! What was said, was bypassing my ears, and going straight to my heart. Only God could have orchestrated that!
At one point during the summit, Bill Hybels made the comment, “love never fails people, it changes people!” That statement pierced my heart, so that I’m sure the people sitting closest to me must have heard me gasp! Quickly regaining my composure, I wrote what he said in my notes, along with this response; ” our ministry may not have begun out of what felt like love, but God took the mess which was caused in our lives, healed our brokenness, and gently loved us to “Him!” He is now orchestrating our “purpose,” the purpose He intended all along. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I believe another speaker God used to confirm that we were headed in the right direction was Ed Catmull, Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, which was eventually purchased by Walt Disney Studios. Interesting enough, as successful as Ed Catmull has become, he admitted that in the beginning of starting Pixar, he had to, in his words “wing it,” because there was no training at that time available for what he was doing. So, he became “self-trained!” One of Bill Hybel’s sayings is, “figure it out!” Ed figured it out!
JC and I are presently in a situation whereby we must figure it out. We have no idea what Carole Carnie Ministries (CCM) is going to look like at completion, nor do we have any clue regarding all that will be required of us. Most times, we look at each other in total amazement at what we are able to accomplish with just pure determination, natural instinct, a passion for what we are doing, and of course our God-given gifts. The key to the success of this ministry, is knowing that we must continue to follow God!
On August 7th, JC attended a “Social Networking” seminar conducted by “National Seminars Training,” (NAST). JC was so excited about the information he was receiving during the class, that he texted me throughout the entire session. At lunch our conversation was about what we are doing correctly in building this ministry, which according to the information he received, we are on point. The session also helped us to identify the areas which needed improvement.
Figuring it Out!
Operating purely on instinct, passion, and God-given skills, has benefited us cconcerning our laying the foundation for the ministry. Because of the training session, JC realized we were currently doing what was necessary to maximize the success opportunities for CCM. The instructor identified what areas needed our concentration, and JC went into immediate action. I’m certain that as quickly as the instructor got the information out of his mouth, JC was putting it into action. Those of you who follow CCM witnessed firsthand what I am talking about. For example, he was told that he needed to increase his subscribers, and while still in class JC sent out a message indicating that for those who had not already subscribed to our Youtube channel, to do so.
That’s just one example of JC’s passion for this ministry! Passion is a sure way to determine if you are living your “calling.” JC and I, are both “passionate” about the present direction of our lives! For us, there are many indicators that we are on the correct path. I suspect that someone reading this blog is connecting with what is being said. What I say next is meant specifically for you! Know that if you concentrate on figuring out what you are passionate about, that information will assist you in eventually pin pointing your gifts. You must determine what you do exceptionally well, and once you determine that, it will put you on the path to eventually identifying your “calling.” Believe in yourself, trust in yourself, “more than you value or trust the opinion of others.” Know that your future awaits you, bigger and better than you could ever imagine. You don’t know, what you don’t know, but God knows! Follow Him, and He will lead you to your calling!
The final stage of this journey, is that when you find your calling, you will live it with conviction! You will absolutely have no doubt that this is what you were created to do! Then you will experience a “peace deep within yourself” that passes all understanding! Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. You will no longer concern yourself with what others think, or say! It becomes all about pleasing God, all about honoring and glorifying Him with your gifts! Then you will live with conviction, knowing you have found your calling! Be blessed, “your calling awaits you!”
From My Heart to Your Heart!
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