“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 you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” (Galatians 6: 4-5, The Message Bible)
Such good advice, Paul! If we take this inspired message at its word, we have a wonderful blueprint for success and for satisfaction as well.
Don’t be afraid to explore. Don’t be timid about delving wholeheartedly into what rests in the core of you—that divine intention within you that belongs only to you. Take a careful look within, with the light of God’s Love leading you, and discover what makes your heart sing and your juices really flow. Be patient in this inward journey, but don’t let it stop you from beginning to plant the seeds as they start to show themselves to you.
This consciousness of your own purpose is a wonderful thing. Discovering its power and connecting with your most authentic self and what that means for the world, is invigorating. But as Paul reminds us, no need to get all puffed up about it! It is God’s light that is bursting forth. He made you to be what you are and to be you in the most magnificent and healing and productive way possible for all. This is His gift to us and, blessedly, His Love and power and guidance remain with that gift for us to lean on along the way.
You aren’t like anyone else, nor will your life look like theirs. It shouldn’t. How interesting a God would God be if He paraded out a bunch of very productive clones? Keep focused on knowing yourself, as God made you, and stay the course with Him and His grand design. Be creative. In other words, stretch beyond your initial expectations for yourself, to the really majestic way in which you can live your life and praise God with it.
You will then bless the world naturally yet powerfully as well!
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