Read: Psalm 119:105-106, Psalm 119:129-135, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Matthew 5:15-16
Clarity is a gift. We are all given this gift, but we can’t all find it. We search and ask and wonder and fret about clarity. What is my purpose in life? How am I going to do it? When will clarity happen? Why are things not going according to my plans?
The beginning stages of clarity come with the recognition that God created us in His image. He planted dreams and desires in our hearts. Visions come next. Dave Ramsey says that vision is the ability to see. If we can’t see where we are going, we will only go as far as our questions. But, when we begin to find answers to these questions, the clearer our life’s purpose becomes.
Last year, I followed the advice of Mark Batterson (author of The Circle Maker) and began to go on prayer walks. I’d walk around my home, our church, and the park. I would see God through nature or feel His presence calm my anxious heart. I’d give God praise and the desires of my heart. I treasure these walks, now a year later, because I know that they gave me the confidence to turn my dreams into visions and my visions into goals. I still don’t know exactly how my life is going to turn out, but I believe that because I’ve prayed and questioned and cried and trusted, I’m on the right path for my life.
While many of us want to be intentional with our lives and our faith, we so often struggle with the practical side of living intentionally. We accept whatever comes our way or quit the minute things get hard. Instead of having vision and goals, we settle into our daily routines.
Friends, this life that we are living is so incredibly short. Do you really want to waste it?
If your answer is no, then it’s time to think, live, and act differently. Clarity for our lives and our faith begins by opening our Bibles and reading the words of God.
The words written in our Bibles are the answers to every question of our hearts. I know Scripture can be difficult to understand at times, but the more you search and seek the truth, the more you will discover what you were created to do while you are here on Earth. I believe that we have to constantly live our lives according to the Word of God because every decision we make is part of our journey of faith. When we grow in our relationship with the LORD, we begin to see Scripture with more clarity.
Six years ago, I opened my Bible and felt like Matthew 5:15-16 was written exactly for me. “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” After reading those words, my life changed. I couldn’t live in the safety of my good girl status any longer. I was ready to be used, and God began to direct my life as only He could do. Did I know six years ago that I’d be launching Undivided Women with ladies whom at the time I didn’t even know? No. But here I am, writing these words to all of you. I believe that I got from there to here with very small, yet intentional decisions centered around the Word of God.
When we receive clarity for our lives, sometimes we have to clear room both mentally and physically. Living a life on purpose requires some degree of planning but a whole lot of praying. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to take sacrifice, but it’s going to be worth it. Once you’ve felt the presence of God directing your path, you won’t want to live any other way.