“The story of our destiny has been written in His book and if we choose to walk with God in this life those pages will begin to be fulfilled. We will start living a life that will inspire others.”
Russ Ewell, When God Isn’t Attractive
Have you ever wondered who you’re supposed to become or what your destiny might be? I remember applying to colleges my senior year of high school. I wanted to make a difference in the world but wasn’t sure what major to pursue. I made the decision to attend San Francisco State University, but still had no vision or focus on what career path I would be. Once in college, I changed my mind and my major often. I wanted to be a firefighter, then a physical therapist, then something else. I just did not have any idea what I was meant to do. I felt frustrated, inadequate and aimless. Thankfully during that time, a friend asked me to study the Bible. I had never read the bible before. The Bible taught me that God, in fact, had a destiny for my life that was grander than a college major or a career choice.
I landed on studying Adapted Physical Education. Adapted PE helps people with disabilities learn to exercise. This is important and rewarding work. Yet regardless of peoples abilities or disabilities, no one is complete without knowing God. It’s great to know my career path now. It’s even greater to live and work to inspire others to know God. The best way to help someone know God is to help them understand the bible. The bible is a letter from God in his own words that expresses who he is, how to be close to him, what makes us happy and how to find our destiny.
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. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
This scripture teaches that God’s destiny or plan for our lives is great. God’s intent for each of us is to prosper us and to give us hope and a future. However, this plan requires that we seek him. When we read the Bible to learn about God, we are seeking him. The promise God makes to prosper us does not rely on our strength, talent or pedigree. Through the Bible, God will help you discover your destiny, what you are meant to become. It’s clear that regardless of where God directs our destiny, it will involve inspiring and empowering others to seek God.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.
When we read our bible we learn about God. When we learn about God we begin to understand God’s heart. When we understand God’s heart, we learn to trust him. This scripture teaches us that when we trust God, we grow strong, we become energized and it changes how we live our lives and how we inspire others.
What effort do you put toward reading and understanding the Bible? Talk with someone about your Bible reading and ask them what they are getting out of their Bible reading.
Do you know what you are meant to become? Who are you meant to inspire?
For more insights on discovering your destiny, read Chapter 3, “When People Become God: Overcoming the Fear of Being Different” in Russ Ewell’s book, When God Isn’t Attractive.