“As water reflects the face, a man’s life reflects the heart”. ~Proverbs 27:19
This made me wonder what my life is saying about me (not necessarily regarding others’ perceptions because that is a whole other matter)
…but how my life reflects the state of my heart: are the choices that create my circumstances based on my deepest desires and enabling me to fulfill my purpose?
i.e., am I being like:
• Abram/Abraham, who, in faith, left familiar territory for the unfamiliar because he knew the One he was going with? (Genesis 12:1)
• Joshua who courageously ventured into the giant-infested Promised Land because he knew God was with him and guiding him? (Joshua 1:1-9)
• Jesus who was about His father’s business (Luke 2:49 NKJV), and only did what He saw the Father doing? (John 5:19-20)
am I giving place to the lying voices of fear, doubt, negative expectations, false obligations that keep me from my true calling, voices of ‘reason’ that try to infiltrate my mind and the minds of well-meaning people, warning to stick to the false safety of seemingly non-threatening familiar paths that are far more dangerous than the perceived risk of following God into unknown territory (which is actually the safest place to be: with the One nothing is unknown to or impossible for).
Not the least of the dangers of false safety being its keeping us from becoming what we were made for and fulfilling our destiny (and as a result stopping others from fulfilling theirs, just as players who are not taking their place on the team are not there to support their teammates).
With the above in mind, I find it helpful to consider opportunities by evaluating what is fueling my decision: faith or fear, conviction or convenience, passion or the path of least resistance…
And most importantly: will this choice enable me to become who I was born to be, to fulfill my deepest desires, my part, my purpose in being, like Jesus, about our Father’s business, and, as a result, enable others to fulfill theirs as well?
“Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important․ Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.– Steve Jobs
“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
Personal Reflection: Disregarding any obstacles, if you had the opportunity to do anything at all (totally frivolous or deeply meaningful) and succeed, what would that be?
What do you feel is fuelling this desire?
Is there anything, even seemingly insignificant, that you can do this week that contributes to this dream (even taking 15 minutes to daydream about it) 🙂