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My friend Lee Ashby that I wrote about yesterday is in process on this. He’s a successful businessman, but he feels too one-dimensional. He’s being awakened to spiritual reality – earning a living is fine, but he knows there’s far more than he’s experienced. He was m…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

My friend Lee Ashby that I wrote about yesterday is in process on this. He’s a successful businessman, but he feels too one-dimensional. He’s being awakened to spiritual reality – earning a living is fine, but he knows there’s far more than he’s experienced. He was made to do things like teach baseball to Swazis.

Did you ever wonder if the world has been rigged to keep your better self caged? And do you find that notion confirmed over and over again in the course of living?

We’re told that God made us for a purpose, a concept we call destiny. In Eph. 2:10, it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Acts 13:36 says David “served God’s purposes.”

But the tragedy of an unrealized destiny is a perpetual human phenomenon. Millions of people regularly die falling far short of God’s design for their lives.

One evening, some friends and I played a game. We asked, “If there was one word that described your life, what would it be?”

It’s an intriguing thing to distill everything that your life is about into a word. What word best describes your life? What legacy are you leaving? Usually, when we think of a legacy, we think of something that we achieve. But very often, a legacy has to do with the impact we’ve made on relationships we have, people whom we’ve influenced to live a certain way.

Who have you been influencing or to whom have you been ministering? As you trade in the days that have been allotted to you on this earth and exchange them for kingdom fruit, what do you have to show?

Now is the perfect time to contemplate the life of reckless abandon that will enable us to fulfill our destiny. Jeremiah tells us that God has already made plans for us (Jer. 29:11). So it might be wise to find out what those plans are.

Comments (2)

  • I have been thinking about this too. We just did an excercise where you write down truths about yourself. It was pretty powerful. Some of mine were: pastor/shepherd, counselor, friend, husband. These are things we will always be that will never change. Trying to change those things means that we aren’t living out our calling.

  • How will I know what God wants ME to do. How can I discover that? I have had some formal training in mission. I desire to go to some far off place in Sri Lanka, with my wife after our retirement, and be Salt & Light amoung those people, not just with the intension of planting a church. This would eventually take place but after a long time.

    Please write to me.

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