We all try to pin point our destiny. We all wish to know exactly what our calling is, what we should do in life, career paths to take, and so on. This question has always frustrated myself as well. However, while meditating on the question recently, I realized why the answer had not yet been given to me.
I have written before on how we are gifted with talents, interests, and certain likings for a reason. And it is these skills we were gifted with that we should steer our jobs, service, and our fun towards. But how often do we doubt our talents? How often do people suggest we “don’t go for that career”, because it’s not known for making lots of money? How little are we encouraged to step outside the box to try new things that spark our interest?
Life is known to hold us back, but mainly because people fear change. We fear what we can become, or what we want to become, because we often think we can’t. Well, the answer I received to that question was this: You cannot realize your destiny if you doubt yourself. Because if you doubt yourself, you won’t understand what you were meant for.
Doubting yourself means you lack the faith in who you are and who you were created to be – something we had no control over. It is God who created us in his image, his likeness. He created us for his plan, and every person will have their own unique qualities and traits for a reason. The strong passions and talents you have, from art to music, to writing and teaching, they don’t just grow in you overnight! You were fashioned with certain gifts to live out your specific and unique life.
Ultimately, we were meant to use what we were given in order to live out our calling. Someone shared a quote with me once that said, “Everything you’ll ever need, you’ve always had.” Truthfully, that quote speaks about our gifts we’ve had in us since birth. And indeed, these gifts are meant to drive us on this journey, fulfilling our calling and purpose in life.
So, what can you do to realize your own destiny? Begin by not doubting yourself and by loving who you are. Understand that you, along with every person in this world, was gifted with a unique personality and certain talents – no exceptions! Even if you have not discovered your talents yet, there will come a time when you will.
We all possess hundreds of interests, so start even with the smallest of detail. For example, if you have a love for children, that could very well be a gift you were blessed with. If you love children and are creative, you might make a great teacher, designer for children clothing, author of children books, etc. – the possibilities are literally endless. If you are really stuck, simply make a list of everything you’re interested in, from favorite scents to favorite music! Get to know yourself better and the areas that interest you. Then simply take these interests and begin to envision how you can use them in life, whether as a hobby or even a career.
The key, however, is to understand that these gifts were placed inside you for the benefit of not only your own joy, but for the joy and purpose of the Creator. As mentioned before, he is the one that has shaped and purposed you for his ultimate plan, and we give back (and say “thank you”) by using our talents for him and his people. Does this mean you should only work for a church? Of course not. You can uphold almost any job, as long as you put your heart, focus and the right intent into it.
Keep your HEART on your passions in order to develop them, and FOCUS them towards serving the greater purpose, and by doing so, you will truly begin to realize your destiny.