The Art of Surrender Day 5: Living your OWN life.


How many times have you pondered these questions:

What is my purpose?

How can I find it?

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The truth is, we all come here to fulfill many purposes in life – for instance, being a good child, friend, or parent are all valuable purposes in life.

Maybe your purpose is to really excel at your chosen career and set the standard higher for everyone who follows you.

Or, your purpose could be something less noticeable like caring for the elderly as they are at the end of their life, and helping them make a gentle transition from this life to the next.

What if your purpose was something invisible like overcoming anger, or developing your spirituality?

What I am trying to emphasize here is this: It’s not necessarily better to do “big” things – sometimes that is just not what we are meant to do.

In life, it is so often those small anonymous acts of love and service that have the greatest impact.

The thing that we need to discuss today in our journey to surrender is this…

The thing that is crucial in discovering your purpose is to understand that no matter where you are on your journey, you must always, in every situation, bring your very best to it.

The greatest purpose any of us can live is to learn to surrender to life as it comes.

Be good people.

Help others when we can.

And constantly aim for a higher, more heartfelt life.

Everyone who has ever lived has had their own unique calling.

For some that meant running a country.

For others they were simply called to run a family.

My own personal conversion story is a great illustration of how God uses small things to create big changes.

He sent 40 kids from California, who were on a mission trip to show me that I too, had a purpose in his plan.

Through the kindness and dedication of 40 strangers, God spoke his love to me.

The simple act of service that those teenagers performed was the very thing God used to save me and my entire family.

That day he created in me a new creature.

In (2 Corinthians 5:17) We are promised that,

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

And that is exactly what happened in my life.

A small seed was planted that day that I have continued to water and nourish, and it is becoming a beautiful testimony that I pray will be a light to the world.

There is one thing I have come to believe as I get older and look back over my life, and that is the fact that the things that mean the most to me are the success that came naturally to me…

Not the ones that I had to fight and struggle for.

That realization is in many ways confusing to me because, logically, it would seem that the opposite would be true, but for me, it hasn’t ended up that way.

Take a moment and reflect on your life and see if my experience is like yours, or if you place a higher value on the success you fought for.

I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer here, I just believe it will give you a peek inside your heart.

From my viewpoint, I do not believe that one career path is better than another if that choice is against your purpose. 

When that is the case no amount of money or success will bring you happiness and satisfaction.

At the start of your career, you may not  yet know how you will grow or what good you might achieve in the position you are in.

If you are struggling and feeling drained every day at the thought of going to work, maybe it is time to check in with your intuition and see if you are in alignment with your life’s purpose or if you are working against it.

Here is a really simple meditation that I like to do as I walk, but you can try it anywhere, and at anytime it feels right for you.

First begin by setting your intention. Make a clear statement to yourself like, ” I want to know if I am working in the area that will fulfill my purpose.”

Then listen to your intuition to see if the job feels right.

If it does, do everything to make it successful in your life. 

Then let go of the results as you surrender to destiny and let your angels work their magic in your life.

If your goal hasn’t yet manifested, or you sense a detour in the path, get quiet for a few minutes and tune into the situation.

Heres how:

* Make sure there are no interruptions.

* get in a comfortable position. (For me this is walking)

* Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths to relax.

* If thoughts come, picture them as waves rolling on to the beach, and then retreating back into the ocean.

 

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Do not attach to the thoughts.

Keep focusing your breath.

* Then listen to your inner voice.

In your gut, does the goal, or job still feel right?  

If so, do you sense it is better to go slower?

 Be more assertive?

Wait?

Explore other options?

* Notice any images or ‘aha’ moments, helpful phrases, or knowledge that comes through your thoughts.

Continue to follow your intuition’s lead.

Surrender to God’s plan for your life.

If you will learn to surrender to these two forces in your life, you will find your way to the path that leads you to your purpose.

One of my favorite Steve Job quotes was given when he spoke to the graduates of 2005 at Stanford University.

He said, ” Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone elses life… Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary “

Nobody will argue the fact that Steve Jobs brought an intensity to transforming technology. Yes, he was intelligent, but the thing that took him into the realm of genius was his ability to listen to his intuition.

I hope that his devotion will inspire you as it has me to trust your inner guidance.

Allow it to take you to places, that may be unfamiliar and scary, but that will reveal to you what your unique purpose in life may be.

Todays blog hopefully showed you the importance of living life from the INSIDE OUT so that you are privy to the wisdom that will allow you to find true happiness and contentment in your life.

I am going to leave you with a challenge today:

I urge you to question what your parents, peers and the world have said about your destiny. 

Examine ideas that you have NEVER examined before.

There are those things we are supposed to think, and then there is what you REALLY think.

Look hard inside for what really matters to YOU.

Enlist both your intellect, and your intuitive intelligence to see a wider view of what your purpose might be.

Good Luck, and God Bless.

 

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