Because God Has Your Back

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“The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.”
– Teresa of Avila

I worry.

It’s hard not to. Isn’t it? But like the Facebook posts I read every day, worrying robs me of my peace without solving anything. Everything happens for a reason so it’s best to embrace things as they are. Most of the time, things work out anyway. All of the worrying becomes a waste of time. Besides, God is in control making sure things happen according to His plan.

So why worry? Why spend your energy and your thoughts on something that may never come to fruition? Because there’s no need to. Instead of worrying, pray. Pray to God about your fears, stress and concerns. He will answer. So don’t worry.

Because God has your back.

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Stick with Your Life Purpose: Part 3

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“I’m not afraid… I was BORN for this!”
—Joan of Arc

“You’re crazy to think you’ll make it!”

“Only the best in the world can achieve it.”

“But, you already have a good-paying job.”

“That’s a stupid idea!”

“What if you fail? What will you do?”

When you commit to discovering and fulfilling your life purpose, these and similar statements you’ll hear. They’ll come from others, yourself and/or both. You’ll be tempted to give in instead of standing up for your purpose. But, you need to stick with it no matter what. There are no guarantees in life. But you will accomplish more by committing to your calling instead of traveling the easier path.

So how do you stick with it in the face of adversity? Let’s face it. It’s challenging to stay focused on your calling when stronger souls try pulling you away. It’s even more challenging when the resistance comes from yourself. Last week I gave suggestions on discovering your life purpose. This week, I’m giving suggestions on sticking with your purpose.

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Discover Your Purpose: Part 2

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“A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.”
— Proverbs 11:28

On the last post I talked about what is your soul life purpose and why it’s important. Now it’s time to discover, claim and honor your gifts bringing them out into the world.

But, what if you don’t know your purpose? What if you are afraid to look deeper?

Let’s take the time to look into yourself and discover the hidden gems of your purpose. Uncover it and let it shine!

The important thing to remember is to be open to what you discover. Use your heart space not your head space to feel your way through. Here are some suggestions to help you find your purpose.

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I Go to Work and Keep My Mouth Shut: Part 1

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“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
– Helen Keller

It was Saturday afternoon on my weekly adventure at Walmart buying groceries. After I checked out and was leaving the store, I ran into a young martial arts student who used to attend my school. I asked him how and what he was doing these days.

He looked at me with a deep sigh. “I am a manager at a factory.”

“Well, good for you! I hope you enjoy working there,” I said with a smile.

Looking straight into my eyes he replied, “No, not really. I hate it. I just go to work every day, do my job and keep my mouth shut.” Dropping his head, he turned and walked away.

I stood there dumbfounded. Not even the chance to reply with encouraging advice to do something better for himself. Instead, I was left feeling the emptiness he carried inside of him.

The reality today is many people just go to work every day, do their jobs and keep their mouths shut. Like a broken record over and over again, I hear people’s stories about how miserable they are in their jobs, careers or as business owners.

But, what if you’re performing well at the job you hate? Are you successful?

What if you’re earning significant income? Does it make you happy?

What if you have power and status? Are you fulfilled and joyful?

If you are working in a job you hate, the answer is no. You are not happy. Sorry!

Truth hurts. Truth is scary. But you know what, if you are in a career you hate being unfulfilled, the truth is you are unhappy because you’re not living aligned with your soul purpose.

But, you deserve to be happy.

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