Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Beginning: Passion, Purpose & Promises

What a year 2008 has been for our nation! For many families and individuals, it has been a year of economic discouragement. Has the economy affected your family in anyway? Have you lost your passion that you once had for something great to happen? Are you questioning your purpose for which you were created? Are wondering and asking God when are you going to experience his promises for your life?

"What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning" (unknown). Isaiah 43:18-19, encourages us with this passage, "Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder on things of the past. Behold, I will do something new..." When things look hopeless, God will give you hope. When a door shuts, He will open a new door for you that no man can close!

Passion

God has placed a special desire or passion on the inside of us. You need to pay attention to what drives you in life. What makes you excited when you talk about "it" with friends or people in your life? It is time to acknowledge your passion and pursue it. Passion is a strong desire, a zeal or fervor towards something. If you do not know what you are passionate about yet, that is alright. As you journey through life and discover your gifts and talents, what it is that gives you a burning desire, you will not be satisfied until you do something about it. Sometimes, we get discouraged with issues in our life that we lose our passion for the very thing that God place in side of us. It's a seed for something great to happen; however, we've allowed that desire to die due to hopelessness that we may have experienced.

Purpose

I hired Effective Strategic Coach-Karin Syren, to help me organize my ideas for launching my health website. During one of our sessions, she clarified the meaning of "purpose" with and shared with me that, "purpose is why you were created and mission is what you were meant to do about it. Identifying what your purpose is will help you determine what you are meant to do about it." It was an ah-ha moment!

Jeremiah says that before you were formed in your mother's womb, God knew you. Even though you may feel like you are not accomplishing much right now in your life, you still have a purpose!

Promises

The promises of God are yes and amen. I have heard there are over six thousand promises in the Bible! If you are a parent who makes a promise to your children, because you love them, you will fulfill that promise. How much more will God keep His promises for His children? Below are just a few of promises from God. You can search the Bible and find thousands more.

He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
He will reward those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
He sent his Word and healed you. (Psalm 107:2)
He gives eternal life to those who believe in His son Jesus. (John 3:16)
He will do exceedingly above all that you can ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)
He gives us wisdom if we ask for it. (James 1:5)

2009 is a year for new beginnings! Find your passion, or if you've lost it, make an effort to refuel that passion, know that you have a special purpose, and trust in God's promises for your life.


@2008 A Cup of Tea with Duong

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post! It's very encouraging and VERY timely!!
    -Katarina

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