Are you wondering about your life’s purpose? Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could know for sure that you’re totally in God’s will for your life? You’re not alone. All over the world there are people just like you, wondering … and wandering. Maybe you question why you are here on earth. You have no clue what difference you can make. You want to be a person who can make a difference in the lives of others, but how can you do that when you have no idea how to even help yourself? Deep down you may have an inkling that the Bible has the answers, but how can an ancient book help with today’s problems?
I understand. I was there. At 17 years old I found myself pregnant, with my boyfriend out of the picture. It was my Senior year, supposedly one of the best years of my life. I was an honor roll student and cheerleader, and overnight my world came crashing down. I dropped out of high school and spent most of my days sleeping … and crying. I was sure I’d messed up my life for good.
Yet even on my darkest days I remembered the stories my Sunday School teacher told me about how Jesus loved me. Now, don’t worry. My sermon will stop here. I just have to share this story to tell you that I once had no direction, no potential for my life. I did not know much about what the Bible said, but I dared to believe that maybe Jesus did love me and He did have a good plan for my life. I prayed a very eloquent prayer, “God, I have screwed up big time. If you can do anything with my life, please do.”
Things did not change overnight, but a glimmer of hope was deep inside me that hadn’t been there before. I did not return to high school. I did not get my boyfriend back. I did not write out a 10 year plan for my future. Instead I did one simple thing. I started reading my Bible. And after a few years (yes, years) I started thinking, What if I actually was open to doing what the Bible said?
The steps of obedience started small. They began with opening my heart to forgiving myself for my past mistakes. Then God opened my eyes to the needs of others around me, such as other teen moms who were facing the same struggles I once faced. Soon I started writing, wanting to give hope to others. I helped to start a pregnancy care center and years later my husband and I began adopting children.
None of these things were plans I’d made for myself. Instead, I simply decided that if maybe God told me to do something in His Bible that I should do it. Things like, “love others”, “comfort others as you’ve been comforted”, “share in the hope you’ve been given,” and “care for the orphans and the widows.”
It’s amazing how simple steps of obedience have led to all the mind-blowing things that God has done in my life. I’m now the author of over seventy books from publishers like Random House and Harper Collins, and the mom of ten children. Yet, just as important, I still reach out to teen moms in the inner city, and I am still open to loving the one person-in-need God places before me that day.
By this point you may be thinking, That’s good for you, but God doesn’t have those types of plans for my life. And you know what, you’re right. Those are God’s plans for me. He has unique and wonderful plans specifically designed for you! And there is only one way to find out what they are: by reading God’s Word and choosing to obey God’s directives. These directives will lead you inward, to discovering a place of healing deep inside your heart. They will also lead you outward, to loving others in unique ways of caring and service.
God’s Word, that ancient book, does apply to everyday life. My life—and all the radical results that came from my obedience—proves that. Your life can prove it, too. And to make it easy for you, I want to invite you to grab a copy of my new book, Walk it Out: The Radical Results of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time. This book releases soon, and my deepest hope is that my story can help inspire yours. My desire is that you will see how God can take a very ordinary person, one who seeks ease and comfort, and He can transform her (or him!) into someone who is impacting others in real and tangible ways. I truly feel I’m living my life’s purpose, yet it’s only happened as I’ve taken one obedient step at a time to love God and to love others.
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Remember, check the link on this page to discover how this free prayer guide can be yours today. Also remember that knowing and following God’s will doesn’t have to be a mystery. You can discover it one step at a time … starting today!