10. Analyze your past for common threads.
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Many times, we confuse our momentary roles, such as teaching Sunday school or leading a biblical finance class, with God’s big picture calling for us. The problem with this is, once our responsibilities shift or an opportunity ends, we can become confused and even disillusioned. When we take a step back, however, and evaluate past endeavors for a common, underlying thread, clarity and peace emerge. This also helps us identify and stay focused on our “why,” and focusing on the why helps prevent discouragement and burnout.
For example, I’ve held numerous roles involving all ages and many outlets. I’ve taught Bible studies, children’s lessons, coached student athletes, homeschooled, and planned and facilitated events. Initially, these functions appear hugely dissimilar, but when I considered the “why” behind each, a common thread emerged: equipping others become their best. This understanding helps me evaluate which opportunities God may be leading me toward or away from in the future.
Though our specific roles may change throughout life, God has a fulfilling, eternally significant plan for each one of us, and is, at this moment, leading us toward that which we were created to do. As we seek His will and heart through prayer, contemplation, and practice, we’ll discover our unique calling and how we can find purpose in every moment.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of eight contemporary novels with her ninth releasing this spring. She also helped write Wholly Loved Ministries Bible study titled Becoming His Princess, based on the life of Sarah from the Old Testament, and maintains a devotional blog found at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. Visit her online to find out more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event, and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE to stay up to date with her future appearances, projects, and releases. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
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