When I was 9 years old, I asked my dad to make me a podium so I could speak. He did. It was about three feet tall—just my size.
I used that little podium a lot. The neighborhood kids gathered in our garage, and I’d tell them stories and try different things to keep their attention.
I can’t help but laugh when I think I about that little podium—and me speaking to the neighborhood. Ha!
I wish I still had it. It would be something fun to show that Dad created just for me. But I think we ended up using it for firewood one winter.
Most Christians are obsessed with finding God’s will for their lives.
“I just wish I knew what God wanted me to do,” many college students say.
“Why can’t I discover His plan for my life?”
I’d love to share a few things I’ve learned about God’s will:
#1. First, God’s will has a lot to do with our desires.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires” (Psalm 37:4 NLT).
Wonderful. I desire a new Jeep.
No. Keep it in context.
FIRST put your delight in the Lord. Let Him saturate you!
When we’re living in obedience to Him, He works through our desires. He puts the desires in our heart!
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” (Psalm 20:4 NIV).
God puts the desires in your heart. He then uses those desires to direct you on the path He wants you to go.
Chances are good that God isn’t going to direct you to do something you hate. He’s not going to call me into accounting. Nor will He lead me to be a math teacher. Or an astronaut. Too many numbers.
This is not where I’m gifted.
He does, however, often call us to something bigger than ourselves.
And if He does? He’ll equip us with everything we need.
But because the Lord has gifted me in communication skills, He DOES ask me to use those gifts to communicate Him through speaking and writing.
Flashback: I’m 9 years old. I can’t articulate why I want a podium. I just know there’s something inside that wants to get out. I want to speak to others in a controlled setting. I want to bring something to life to them. I want to take material and communicate it to others.
The neighborhood kids.
Whether it was fairy tales, Bible stories or vacation memories, God planted the desire in my young heart to speak.
I smile today.
My heart praises Him.
I’m so grateful I get to live out my heart’s desires by speaking fulltime.
God is so faithful.
Feel free to comment on this blog. Share your thoughts. Let’s get the communication lines open. And next week, let’s look at a few more ways to discern God’s will.