Thomasville Times Enterprise

Faith & values

July 3, 2014

Trust and follow your heart

Well, it is official.  I have sold the business I owned a few days ago to a family I have known for 30 years. They are so excited — the beginning of a dream fulfilled (a family business) — and so am I (free to see what the Lord has in store next).

Am I “retiring?”  I tried that twice already and it doesn't work for me. Yes, it is time to change my focus, but all of us should stay engaged in worthwhile endeavors for as long as we have breath or are physically able.

Change is always both exciting and challenging.  The future is never fully revealed before it gets here even though we might have a general idea of the direction we are heading. There are always opportunities to become fearful or get off the pathway to your destiny. 

I read this definition of destiny from a book I have.  “The ultimate or final outcome of a person's or country's existence. The final destination for a life as a result of the pursuit or rejection of the destiny devised for them by their Maker — depends on the equipment, training and skills the person must identify, acquire and refine to excel in what they were born to do . . . Destiny usually evidences itself by what a person not only does well but thrives on doing.  It exceeds hobby by being the only solace, gratification, or enthusiasm a person receives or has for anything.  What one is made to do is what gives value, merit and meaning to their life . . . our determination to explore and make right choices is how we answer the call.”

If you would take some time to meditate and think about this definition and explanation, I think many might begin to get a clearer picture of what direction the Lord is trying to lead.  Many people have a mindset that vocation is their destiny.  For most, that is not true. Yes, they are bringing home a pay check in exchange for their valuable time spent fulfilling someone else's dream.

For 40 or 50 years many “work” for their weekly/monthly pay check but never fulfill the purpose God placed them on this earth to fulfill.

I have a friend that knew the Lord had called him to be a lawyer from a very early age.  That is not only his vocation, but through it he has many opportunities to minister to others.  Yes, he studied and prepared himself so that he was qualified to practice law, but his heart to help others, his vision to do the many things he has accomplished in his life, are the result of faithfulness to his calling.

Many of us have had a less obvious call, but nevertheless, if we would examine our talents, our passions, where we have been so far and what has really fulfilled us, we would see a certain pattern or consistency weaving its way in and out of our life's experience.

For me, it has been a very eclectic life. I have done so many very different things vocationally and ministerially it would make most people's head swim.  And yet, throughout my life, there has been a fairly consistent pattern.

No matter what “job” I had that provided an income for me (and that has been quite varied), I know that several things stir a passion in me and fulfill something deep inside of me.  One is very general – helping people – on whatever level that might be – whether using one of my skills to serve them, or just joining a team of others to do whatever my hand finds to do.  The other thing that has “lit my fire” is missions.  From the time I got saved at 17, there has been a strong desire to go to the nations of the world.  I have been able to serve on short term mission teams in many different countries, as well as three years in Belize.

I am heading to Africa at the end of this month for a few weeks. Only He knows what my future holds, but I am following my heart.

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