I’ve been thinking, I mean really thinking… thinking about myself, my life, what I have to offer and what I have to give. On my last post I was told that I had no clear vision, I both agree and disagree. Actually God gave me my vision this year, something very simple yet so deeply profound to me that it almost takes my breath away. It’s not just a vision for me but a vision for all of God’s children which is about entering into His Peaceful rest (Shabbat Shalom).
I am taken back to the recent article that I wrote on being On-Purpose, and I ask myself am I being ‘On-purpose’ with my moments of being? I have come to a few realisations:
- Just because I can, it doesn’t mean I should – I feel best when I’m busy, so I try to make myself busy with ‘good things’ such as trying to help others. But in my busyness I take myself out of my God-given purpose, I use my time the way that I think it should be used and not the way in which God wants me to use it – bad move.
- I’ve been spreading myself too thinly – it’s hard to be everything to everyone and if I’m honest with myself and God that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I do thank Paula Millar for making me think as she has put it, it has been affective in doing that – so if you want someone who will challange you and make you think try Paula. I am not a fountain of knowledge, the only knowledge I have is the knowledge that God has given me to fulfill my calling and destiny. My energy is best served focusing on the tasks that are most relevant to this.
- It’s OK to have times of stillness and quietness – notice how I say stillness and quietness. For those of you who know me from my other blog, you know that God has been taking me through a lot of healing body, soul and spirit. Everyday I learn new areas that God wants to make whole. He is making me more self-aware and although a very painful process absolutely necessary for the work He has called me to do which is to help those who are broken enter into His Shabbat Shalom. Ironically, I like to be busy because it keeps my mind from uncovering old wounds, like a defense mechanism I guess but it is counter-productive. My challange is to allow myself to rest (be still and be quiet) so that not only can the ground that I will work be prepared but so that I will be too. Stillness is about not moving, not pushing, not working and not striving and quietness is about gentleness, softness and a decreased pace in our work. I have a recent testimony on this that I would like to share, go to the end for the link.
- It’s OK to change and adapt – I think most people have a fear of change, it makes us uncomfortable because we feel lost at sea and it makes others feel uncomfrtable because it makes us more unpredictable in their eyes. But actually change and adapting to change is necessary, because we may need to alter our footsteps to find and come once more on the path that God has set out for us and as we grow and walk more in God’s wisdom this will inevitably cause more change in and around us. Staying the same due to fear and complacency is not safer it is dangerous, so godly change is good – read my previous post on godly change.
Someone once called me a visionary, visionaries tend to have loads of ideas some big, some small (definitely me) they get excited by every single one of their ideas and end up starting something without finishing it (ouch, me again). But again those of you who know me from my other blog are aware that the word God gave me a keyword moving into this year which was and is Perseverance. He gave me the word that I most needed to persevere in lol. 🙂
So do I think it’s important to have a vision and a purpose? Definitely, but the journey to receiving and walking in both is a process of listening, obeying and learning. Being On-purpose is the most difficult thing any of us will ever have to do, it takes a lot of soul-searching, a lot of brutal honesty and a lot of courage. We might all want to be there but the reason why so many of us don’t acheive it is because of the harsh reality of the journey. I know that people will disagree and that’s OK, I don’t need acceptance because this is the truth of what I have been learning and experiencing ever since I fell ill in 2008 and God picked me back up to plant me once more on the narrow way.
So I have decided now that I will only write what God wants me to write about (thanks Paula) which is how we can receive the vision of entering into His Restful Peace or Peaceful Rest (Shabbat Shalom) and walking in it. This blog will focus mostly on acheiving this from a work perspective whether it’s in employment, business or ministry. I’ll say now that I don’t know how frequently I’ll post as I want to be 101% led by the Holy Spirit in this so I don’t fall into anymore ‘me traps’. I know that there are a lot of people who need to experience the reality of this vision so I want to share my testimony and this video on what it means to have fullness of life to get us all on the same page. I would also like to apologise to anyone who is looking forward to the remaining series on promoting your blog/website, although I will still complete this in time (and would love guest bloggers to contribute) it is not my main focus.
- Has God given you a revelation of who you are and why you are? (Dear friend, I truly believe that this is different from what you feel you should be doing or how you think you should be behaving – finding our essence is all an aspect of the revelation of the vision).
- Based on the revelation of the vision, is your day-to-day work mostly on or off purpose?
- Are you aware of the areas in your life that prevent you from receiving and entering into the fullness of the vision?
Shalom in Him
- Quieting Space (ponderingbylaurie.wordpress.com)
- V – vision (livingforvision.wordpress.com)
- To create is to have a purpose (ahamin.wordpress.com)
- There are Times of Stillness (impactingdreams.wordpress.com)