And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good
Hello everyone! Welcome to the first official post in season two of my blog. I am so excited to share with you my thoughts, prayers, and focus for the past week. This week I really focused on my passions and how I can use them to glorify God and how others can as well. I discussed this a little bit last week, and I thought it would be the perfect topic to introduce you to season two.
The first thing I am going to say is that if your relationship with Jesus isn’t thriving or isn’t the first priority in your life, any passions you have are going to burn out. This is a concept I have been thinking about for the past couple of months. For a span of time, I did not know what my passions were anymore. I felt so unhappy and I didn’t know what direction to take with my life or what I should be doing every day. I prayed that God would reveal to me why this was happening. I had been so passionate before and I had so many things that I wanted to do with my life, but because of my mindset and actions, my alignment and priorities were off. After praying for a while and feeling sad, God revealed to me that if my relationship with Him is not first, then everything else in my life isn’t going to match up with what my heart desires. So if you are feeling unpassionate or uninspired, I encourage you to dive into The Word, turn on some worship music, and pray. God is our giver of all things, the sustainer of life, and the one who comforts us through all things. Psalm 42 says “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God”. This demonstrates how I was feeling. If we aren’t seeking God, our hearts will always be longing for Him. If our heart is in the wrong place, so will our priorities and desires.
Sometimes it is complicated trying to figure out what your calling is. At times, I go around and around in my brain trying to figure out what I should do with my life. However, even if I don’t know what is next for me, God does. He has a plan that is so amazing, so fulfilling, and so pleasing to Him. Sometimes it is hard to trust that God knows exactly what is going to happen next. However, it is necessary. When feeling confused or conflicted about what is to come, it is important to pray. When you pray, God potentially answers you by opening doors for you and closing the doors you don’t need so you can follow His lead and direction.
Another key aspect of discovering your passions and your calling is not being afraid. Sometimes, the only thing holding us back is ourselves. Proverbs 24:16 says that “though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise up again seven times.” Failure isn’t something that should pull us down, it should be a stepping stone that leads us closer towards Christ and the plan He has for us. James 2 talks about this in verses 2-4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This shows that if you persevere through the difficult times, it will produce character in your life and will aid you in becoming who you are supposed to be.
Sometimes I feel like we are passionate about everything but God. When you ask people what they are interested in; they usually will say things like fashion, sports, their jobs, etc. But our main passion should be following Jesus. Without Him first, nothing else will fulfill the desire in our hearts for more.
This week; remember to put Jesus first, trust in God’s plan, and don’t be afraid about what is coming up next. If you read this post all the way to the end, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the debut of season two. If you have any questions, prayers, recommendations, thoughts, etc; feel free to leave a comment in the comment section down below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, thank you all! I’m praying for you!!