Too many people are going through their days on earth going through the motions! I have gotten stuck in this mentality as well. We find ourselves settling in all areas of life (jobs, marriage, friends, parenting, church, etc.).
This way of life does not allow us to maximize what God wants to do with us and through us. God didn’t create us to be average!
We’ve forgotten our identity (who we are in Christ). We live everyday defeated instead of in victory. We’re depressed, unfulfilled and have lost ourselves. Life is too short for this!
We try to find jobs and platforms to fulfill selfish goals and then fit God into it. Can we dare to ask God to provide the platforms (jobs) that He wants for us? The ones that help us best live out our identity?
This blog is a result of facing these issues head on. The following content helped me to get to the spots in life that God wanted me to get to. It has helped our family become more dependent on God’s miraculous provision while at the same time being fulfilled by living out our passions.
When you get serious about this subject matter, be ready to get shaken up! It has been a journey. God shook my family and I up! Aligning to His goals for us meant major faith steps including occupational changes, moving to a new home, moving to a new church, gigantic income cuts and more. In the past, we weren’t willing to be shaken up like this, but we finally reached a point where we totally jumped in. It has been very hard, but we are committed to going ALL IN with our faith. We are in the middle of some of the biggest faith steps that we have ever taken…and in the middle of the scary and the desperation, God keeps showing up! We’ve been tempted to turn back towards the normal and the comfortable that we used to know, but God’s mission for us is more important.
Our family has never been closer to God and closer to each other. As we choose to walk victoriously through the good, bad and ugly, my prayer is that our kids are seeing God in ways that are marking them forever.
Basically, we have chosen to go on a local mission trip in our own city for 2 years and see what happens.
I’d like to share a lot more, but that will come later. For now, take a little time to read through a decision grid that rocked my world…for God’s Glory!
Strive to Thrive…is your time on earth being maximized for God’s Glory (Eph. 5:15-16, Psalm 16:11)?
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
11) God reveals His path/purpose/direction for our life.
A few directional notes:
- Draw 6 circles that all connect in the middle. This is a picture of what a life looks like that is living out their God-created identity through the platforms that He provides. The results to the questions will reveal our impact for God and our fulfillment in life.
- The answers to your circles will help you determine if you are in the sweet spot of God’s will for your life.
- The more circles that over lap with each other, the better.
- The goal is to find the platforms that include as many of these circles as possible.
- Everyday…Every year, we want to be doing things that include all the circles…the more circles, the closer we are to accomplishing God’s mission for our lives and as a byproduct, the more fulfilled we will be…The more circles that overlap, the greater the maximum output!
- Jesus wants us to live a full life in Him and the answers to these questions will help do this!
As we go over the circles, our goal is to:
- Realize who God has created us to be.
- Live God’s mission out through His platforms for our life.
Circles 1-3: Identity (doesn’t change…no matter the platform or context)
Circles 4-6: Platforms (can change)
Note: sometimes, its hard to separate our platforms from our identity because of our passion for what we do. But, it is very important that our platforms do not become our identity. Be encouraged that you may change platforms, but you won’t lose your identity.
Circle 1: Calling/Mission
Why does God have you on this planet?
What is (are) God’s dream(s) for your life?
What is (are) God’s goal(s) for you?
Your family should ask the same questions and answers should be aligned.
Circle 2: Gifts/Talents
What are the results of your spiritual gift test?
What are your strengths?
What are you good at doing?
Are you using your gifts/talents to build the church and to be a light in your community (Eph. 4:12)?
How are you using your gifts/talents to build the church and to be a light in your community?
Circle 3: Personality Type
How has God uniquely made you when it comes to connecting with others (Psalm 139)?
A. What are the results of your personality test?
This test will help you understand how God has wired you in relation to working with a team to effectively accomplish goal.
B. What are the results of your love language test?
By: Gary Chapman
This test will help you get into the “shoes” of others and learn how they receive love and appreciation.
C. What are the results of your intelligence test?
By: Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University
This is test to not show how intelligent you are, but how you are intelligent.
Circle 4: Organizational Mission
Do you believe in WHERE your organization is going?
Do you agree with HOW they are getting there?
Preferences vs. Convictions will help you navigate through your alignment with your organization:
Preference: You’re willing to bend, give in, sacrifice for the sake of the greater good.
You won’t die on these hills.
Conviction: A fixed and firm belief that will not bend.
You will die on these hills.
If your not in agreement, God may be calling you to be an agent of change within the organization or to find a new organization that is in alignment with your convictions.
Circle 5: Organizational Opportunities
Is your organization helping you to live out your identity?
Is your organization helping you take the next step spiritually, professionally and personally?
Do you have opportunities for further training, conferences and education?
If not, God may be calling you to be an agent of change within the organization to make improvements in this area or to find a new organization that encourages growth.
Circle 6: Team Dynamics
Will you go to war with your supervisors?
Will your fellow employees go to war with you?
Will those under your influence go to war with you?
Are you an addition to the team or a subtraction?
Where are you in the discovery process of:
- Who you are in Christ (Identity)?
- Finding God’s opportunities for your life (Platforms)?
For further learning on who your identity in Christ, read the following verses from the book of Ephesians. Read these verses often and never forget who you are! This is part of Circles 1-3 in the Circle Decision Grid.
We have purpose (Eph. 1:1).
We have peace (Eph. 1:2).
We are a child of His (Eph. 1:5).
We have grace (Eph. 1:6).
We are forgiven (Eph. 1:7).
Our heavenly home is guaranteed (Eph. 1:14).
We have power (Eph. 1:19).
We are alive (Eph. 2:5).
We are hard workers for His Glory (Eph. 2:10).
We house God’s Spirit (Eph. 2:22).
We are saved (Eph. 3:6).
We are called (Eph. 4:1).
We take our calling from God seriously (Eph. 4:1).
We seek humility, gentleness, patience, love, unity and peace (Eph. 4:2-3).
We are a part of the body (Eph. 4:4).
We are spiritually gifted (Eph. 4:11).
We are made new (Eph. 4:24).
We seek righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24).
We speak truth (Eph. 4:25).
We build others up (Eph. 4:29).
We seek kindness and compassion (Eph. 4:32).
We forgive (Eph. 4:32).
We are loved unconditionally (Eph. 5:2).
We seek light (Eph. 5:8).
We submit to each other (Eph. 5:21).
We are thankful (Eph. 5:20).
We revere Christ (Eph. 5:21).
We are protected (Eph. 6).