Unlock your creativity. Every day, make time to discover more about God’s creativity reflected in His creation, and let the wonder you feel inspire you. Use the creativity that God has given you rather than letting yourself fall into a stale routine that numbs you to the possibilities around you. Make time to pray and think by yourself in a quiet place regularly, so you can focus on listening to what God ideas God may want to communicate to you. If you feel stuck when searching for creative inspiration, take a walk or do some other form of exercise to stimulate fresh thinking. Trust that your creative projects will gradually take shape well as you work hard on them. Expect to develop something great from the raw materials that God gives you.

Write a mission statement and goals. You’ll be best able to fulfill God’s purposes for your life if you plan how to invest your time and energy. And you can do that best by figuring out which activities line up the most with your values and priorities. So write down a mission statement for your life (after praying for inspiration), and also write down specific goals that will help you gradually accomplish God’s purposes for you. Ask God to give you the courage to invest your time in ways that are true to how He is leading you personally, and to make decisions based on God’s path for you rather than on other people’s expectations of you. Be disciplined each day to remind yourself of your mission and goals and make sure you’re doing your best to accomplish what God wants you to accomplish.

Spend time around other faithful and successful people. Surrounding yourself with people who are successfully fulfilling God’s purposes for their lives will inspire you as you work to fulfill God’s purposes in your own life. Watch them, talk with them, and learn all you can from them.

Keep leaving your comfort zone. Don’t base your decisions on what’s most comfortable for you, since that will cause you to miss many adventures and opportunities that God has for you. Pray often for the courage to take the risks God calls you to take so you don’t miss out on the best life for you – the one that fulfills God’s great purposes for you.

Adapted from Wisdom Meets Passion: When Generations Collide and Collaborate, copyright 2012 by Dan Miller and Jared Angaza. Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tn., www.thomasnelson.com.

Dan Miller, President of 48 Days LLC, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions. Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources, and achieve balanced living. He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be. Dan is the author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days to The Work You Love and No More Mondays. He writes regularly for many popular magazines and web portals, including CBN.com, Crosswalk.com, In Touch, AARP and Success magazines and the Zig Ziglar newsletter. He has been a guest on CBS’ ‘The Early Show,’ MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Mathews,’ 700 Club’s Living the Life and Fox Business News with Dave Ramsey Show, to hit some highlights. He hosts a weekly podcast that is consistently ranked #1 under Careers on iTunes. Dan is also a frequent speaker and guest on popular radio programs like Moody Broadcasting, Crown Financial, Janet Parshall’s America, American Family Radio, and Prime Time Chicago. Committed to personal priorities, Dan and wife Joanne have been happily married for over 42 years. They have three grown children, all entrepreneurs, and they enjoy spending time with their eleven grandchildren. Visit his website at: http://www.48days.com/wisdommeetspassion

Jared Angaza has been working in social entrepreneurialism and philanthropy for more than a decade so far in Africa. His mission is to promote collaboration, reduce aid redundancy, protect indigenous cultures and foster ethical business practices in developing nations. Visit his website at: http://jaredangaza.com/. 

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles. Contact Whitney at: angels.guide@about.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer. 

Publication date: September 13, 2012