Have you ever been in a place where you know you were not supposed to be, or you were created to be more than you have been settling?
For a while my desires had always been to live a purpose-full life, and not just to exist, this is especially after I became a born-again Christian. Several times I have asked God to help me and guide me to check if I was on the right paths. Like everybody else, I also have dreams, and goals that I want to achieve and live. But I sometimes like to check with God and involves Him in my decision making and plans, but also to ask Him to help me achieve them. Because there are times things can also look like you are lost, and this is not where you were supposed to be, or how it should be, so it’s best to ask God for guidance.
And I can give you my testimony. There were times in my life I never thought I was going to desire and want to be a writer and author. I honestly thought I didn’t have a chance. I struggled a lot in my school writing assignments, so it was not my forte. My transformation started one day ago when I was in school library. It was during fall semester, and we were having exams. I was studying and waiting for the next exam to start, but I don’t remember what class though. Two Chinese (or Korean) students, male and female approached me at my desk and I welcomed them. They introduced themselves as fellow students but also as Evangelists. They told me about Jesus, and how God cares for me. And I have to say, if they only knew what that meant for me. Because I had been praying to God for a while to help me, so for them to approach me that day, it was a confirmation that God heard my prayers. I had so many issues I wanted God to intervene and help me. I needed His guidance. So, in my heart I said, “Thank You God, You have heard me.” It was during that day I really began to believe that God hears our prayers.
Even though I was born and raised in Christianity, but I wasn’t really into knowing God, and having a closer relationship with God like I am now for instance. In fact during this period in my life, I was not even going to Church. I am not sure if I had a Bible, but I prayed, and I also believed God heard me when I prayed, but I wasn’t really clear until that day when those two students and Evangelists approached me. There were so many students in that school library that day, but I don’t know why they came straight to me. Maybe I looked like I could use help…hahaha…just joking. I honestly really don’t know.
Anyway, the two Chinese students preached to me, prayed for me, led me to a Salvation prayer, and I accepted Jesus Christ into my life that day. They also gave me a CD to listen. And I went home and I began to listen to that CD. The following weekend I went to a bookstore and I bought four books; a King James Bible, a Webster’s dictionary, a daily Christian devotional book, and a book Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell.
After that things began to change for me. For somehow I had many things to say, so I started writing; words and thoughts were just flowing, and all I did was typing. I began to write poetry from nowhere, and I said ‘what is this? Is it a gift or something?’ I also began to be more considerate of others and my environments. I became aware of things, the things that I frequently used to highly esteemed; I slowly began to lose the desire to have them, or doing them anymore. I also developed new desires. I began to read the Bible every day, but also read more books and listened to podcasts and TV programs that were so inspiring and teachable that I once ignored. I frequently began to watch and listen to Christian TV programs and Podcasts of Reverend Creflo Dollar, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Joel Osteen, Pastor Joyce Meyer, and very few others. This was before I knew about TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), Daystar, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), and so on. Time came when I thought it was time to join a local Church, and I did.
So, that is a very short story of how it all began for me and the beginning of my journey and my transformation to being a born-again Christian.
And, that was also a beginning step and a birth of a very few of my dreams and goals including the one being a writer and author. YouCount and I, go way back. It was my first blog I ever started as a hobby. And I used to post articles, poems, jokes, song-lyrics, anything really that I could write.
But it took me few years to know that writing was going to be my forte and one of the things I really enjoy doing. Because I was also pursuing other dreams such as to go to College and work for some kind of organization or company, and climb the corporate ladder as I continued working. I really didn’t know exactly what I wanted to become; but anything relating with business management was fine with me. Let’s just say, I was experimenting things, to see where they will lead me. But my main concern was to make sure I was making enough money to live the lifestyle I wanted to live, and also be able to take care of my family when the time comes.
As I look back I see that not all people who wonder are lost. I feel like some jobs I have worked before had purpose in my life. It is as if I was supposed to be doing them to learn things that were going to help my today. I have worked both in profit and non-profit organizations in different industries and fields. I also have a background experience in marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, administration and procurement. All these things I have learned are somehow helping me now in my new journey of entrepreneurship and how to manage your own business. I have also learned a lot about leadership and being able to communicating with diversity of people. I was able to travel to few places, but more importantly, I have learned so many things about life and had few life experiences and exposures that had nothing to do with my work-life even though they were part of it.
It’s definitely good to know your destination, but then again maybe if I knew my destination earlier on, then perhaps I would have missed all these other stops and I wouldn’t have been able to learn and experience them the way I have thoroughly learned and experienced them.
But, is it really true God allows us to go through different roads in order to learn things? Because some of the roads can be bring really painful memories. The answer, I don’t know. But again, not everybody you see is wondering is lost.
There were times I was in a situation where I knew I got myself there; God had nothing to do with it. And it was a turning point for me to seek God to help me change my life, and do something better with my life.
There were times I felt like I was in a wrong place, but then I prayed, and then I felt peace, like I was there for a reason. It was as if God wanted me to be there, learn what I needed to learn, and when the purpose is done, I can move forward. God does prepare people for certain purposes ahead of time.
All I can say is that it’s best to ask God for guidance and check back with Him from time to time. In case you feel like you are lost, He can help you get back on the right path, or give you peace and assurance that you are on the right track; everything is going to be alright.
In the Bible in the Book of Proverbs chapter 3 verse 5 to 6, it also says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
So, if you are in a place right now where you feel like you are lost, you need something to comfort you, or to meditate on to get you in the zone to ask God for guidance, I encourage you to read Psalm 23. This Bible passage always reminds me that it’s best to let God guides us and involve Him in our lives and decision making. It can save us a lot of troubles and worries. Besides, when God directs and guides us, we are putting ourselves in a position to live a purpose-full life.
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