You Are Divinely Inspired (So Get Going Already)
by: Mandy B. Anderson
I know. This title seems a bit schizophrenic. It’s encouraging at the get-go and then kicks you in the pants on the way out. Quite the way to bring in the New Year! Yet, we can’t ignore this truth any longer. Girls, there is a sense of urgency that has been stirring in my heart this year, and we can’t sit back and live our lives unintentionally any longer. Why?
Because we are divinely inspired. YOU are divinely inspired! And that means something to God. It means that He placed you on this earth for a purpose. A mission. It might be to stay at home and raise those precious babies (for this season of life), or it might be to impact your place of work by speaking life and encouragement into your hurting co-workers. Maybe your mission is to help free people from the sex-trade or to feed the homeless at the shelter down the street.
Your mission might be to write a book or start a blog that will impact others and bring them closer to God. Or maybe it’s to encourage your husband so he can be the leader he needs to be. I don’t know what your mission is, and if you’re nodding your head thinking, “I don’t know what my mission is either, Mandy,” then its time to uncover it and begin living it out loud.
You are divinely inspired by the God of the universe. You are His masterpiece! (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) He has placed within you dreams, desires, gifts, abilities, and talents to support your purpose. However, you must be intentional about actively seeking God and asking Him for direction (Matthew 7:7). Don’t allow another year to slip by accidentally. Don’t welcome another year without asking God for His plan for your life. It might not feel like it, but it is more important than you could ever know. There is an urgency to your purpose and it’s time to activate it!
Make a declaration to live your 2015 with purpose. Stop getting pulled in all directions, feeling frustrated because you feel like something is missing! Tap into God’s plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) and set some goals to set things in motion. To help you get started, or to spark some new ideas if you are a seasoned “goal-setter,” I encourage you to simply start a conversation with God today, and ask Him to help you answer these questions:
- Lord, what is one Bible verse that you would have me focus on in 2015?
- What word or phrase do you want me to focus on in 2015?
- What books can I read that will align with the themes from above?
- Who do I need to encourage more in 2015?
- What hobbies have I forgotten about and maybe need to pick up again for enjoyment?
- What are the things I would like to see happen in 2015 in the following areas of my life: personal, spiritual, physical, family, finances?
You are divinely inspired. Never forget that. Now…get going already!