First of all, let me wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope we all started the year well and full of expectations. I did, and I’m already seeing some manifestations of God’s wonders. It’s never too early into the year to be surprised by God, RIGHT?
Well, let’s just say I got the inspiration to scribble all these down while preparing for my MPH assignment. You see, writing out my personal development plan seemed like just another study activity until I realized that this cannot be achieved without the help of the Holy Spirit. My point being that writing out my leadership goals and the values that would help me achieve these goals while working simultaneously on the two may seem intellectual to some, but truthfully I couldn’t even do one of the things I listed of my own will without failing. Jesus was in no way kidding when He said the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. (John 14:26).
I know where I am going and I am so getting there with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I want to urge you all to set your goals. Evaluate your personal values and allow the Holy Spirit direct you in all you do. Remember to seek God in everything; God cares for you in the little things as much as he does in the big things. Plan according to his direction rather than lay down a plan and expect him to direct it. His ways are not our ways, neither are his thoughts. They are far greater.
Every time I read the story of Ruth I see a woman who understood vision and purpose. The way she clave unto Naomi made me realized she saw beyond the now. She didn’t care how long it was going to take she knew she just had to follow. Believe me when I say Ruth had goals and she followed them through with these set of values:
Loyalty: She was discerning enough to recognize that Naomi’s God and Naomi’s people were more desirable than her own and she made a decision to forsake all and not be dissuaded. She proved to be a wonderful and loyal daughter-in-law and outstanding devotee to both Naomi and her God. Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law was so profound that even modern dictionaries include the word “Ruth” as a noun, meaning “compassion or pity for another”. (Ruth 1:16-17)
Humility: Having dedicated herself to the God of Israel, Ruth, in chapter 2, begins to grow in her relationship and dedication to Boaz. In Ruth we see the attitude and character of one in whom God is pleased. And through humility and dependence Ruth begins to grow in grace.
Obedience: Ruth had an open mind and a teachable spirit, so she listened to her mother-in-law, obeyed and took her advice (Ruth 3:2-5). Ruth followed Naomi’s instructions to the letter; she trusted the Lord, and He rewarded her faithfulness by giving her not only a husband, but a son (Obed), a grandson (Jesse), and a great-grandson named David.
Impressed? Apparently, God Himself was impressed with Ruth too, because He chose to send the Messiah through Ruth’s offspring! What an exciting and inspiring example to everyone of us to think that God may have something very important in store for us, even though we have ungodly beginnings.
Don’t let people set a standard for you. Enough of people telling you who to be and setting up a pre-captured image for you and giving you a ladder to reach up for something they think you should get. You are who God says you are. Don’t let people tell you what you can or can’t achieve because with God impossibility is nothing.
Loving God is my life! Helping others is my Purpose! Writing is my Passion! Believe me when I say that life has been more fulfilling with these three components embedded in my life, with God taking a far more important place. What is yours? In whatever you do walk with God, find your purpose and discover your passion. Is someone telling you the sky is your limit? Show them you partner with a limitless God, because there is no end to where you can get to. The only thing that can stop you is YOU!
Embrace GOD, Embrace Your PURPOSE, And Embrace Your PASSION! Hey and remember to stand PERFECT and KOMPLETE in God’s will.