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A NEW MAP

As the world changes, you need new maps to find where you are going and new ways of discovering your destiny.

You would not use a map that Lewis and Clark used back in 1805 to find your way through to your destination today.

In the same way, you don’t want to use tools that worked for you years ago to help you find your way today.

When I was a child, people would often ask me a question that they don’t ask me anymore for obvious reasons….they would say;

“Hey Steve, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

An astronaut? A fireman? President of the United States? A rock star? A minister? A Policeman?

Maybe you’ve already grown up, but you still don’t know what you want to be. You just know you don’t want to be what you are. Somewhere along the line you took a wrong turn, or a series of wrong turns, and now you are so deep into the forest and you can’t seem to find your way out.

You need direction. You need a compass. You need a map to move by.

God has a plan & a purpose for your life. Here are a few thoughts that can help you find and discover your destiny:

1. What gets your attention?

I know that may seem like a no-brainer, but seriously, “What interests you?” What captures your attention? I promise you are not called to do something that does not interest you. When I was in high school I took an auto mechanics class because I thought I wanted to work on cars. Until one week when I spent five days under my car trying to replace 5th gear on a transmission with my dad.  The interest in being a mechanic soon drifted and still lays in our garage floor somewhere. If it doesn’t interest you, you’re headed in the wrong direction.

2. What gets you energized?

There’s a difference in being interested in something and being energized by it. I am interested in politics, but I am definitely not energized by it. There is nothing within me that gets me energized about being politically correct or attempting to maneuver up the political later.. You may be interested in thousands of things, but within your sphere of interests, what energizes you? What makes your heart beat faster when you think about doing it?

3. What gets you to become good at something?

Just because something interests you & energizes you doesn’t mean you are good at it. I am interested in and energized by pro football. But I don’t stand a snowball’s chance at playing for a pro team. It’s just not gonna happen. So what are you good at? What are your natural abilities? What are your learned abilities? Can you acquire the skills and/or knowledge that you are lacking?

Do you have friends that are close enough and bold enough to tell you what you are NOT good at? Everyone needs a Simon Cowell in their life … . If you are not sure what you are good at, ask your friends & family members. They can probably tell you. Hopefully they will tell you the truth. …Whatever you are …be a good one.

4. What gets you frustrated ?

What bothers you about the world? Is there anything that causes you to lose sleep? What makes you think, “This isn’t right! Someone should do something about this!” Have you ever considered that someone could be you? Is it interesting to you? Would helping fix the situation energize you? Do you think you’d be good at it? Is it a burden? If so, then you are narrowing in on discovering your destiny.

If nothing burdens you, then you are not paying attention. I encourage you to pray and ask God to help you see the world through His eyes. I assure you there are enough broken things in this world that something will begin to burden you — if you are willing to see past yourself to the world around you. Hint: Your destiny doesn’t point to you; it points to the brokenness around you. If your life is going to have true meaning and significance, then you will have to use your life to help others. Sorry, there’s no way around it. What bothers you?..What frustrates you about the conditions around you?

5. What gets you going?

For some people, this is the toughest one to figure out, yet it’s the most important step in determining your destiny. In Christian circles, this is frequently referred to as a “calling.” A calling is an internal push (compulsion) that drives you to do something about the burden you feel. A divine calling (as in, “God is calling me to do this.”) feels like a moral imperative. In other words, there is something within you that forbids you from remaining complacent. You may think, “If I don’t do this, I am going to explode.” At that point, it doesn’t matter if you are paid or unpaid, recognized or unrecognized, you simply must act — that’s a calling. Andy Stanley says that complacency at this stage will begin to feel “tantamount to an act of disobedience [against God].” I totally agree.

If you feel lost or confused and have no idea what it is you should do with your life, these few thoughts can help you discover your destiny.

Life is like a coin….it is up to you how you spend it?

Steve Lummer

Lead Pastor PFA

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One thought on “A NEW MAP

  1. Hi Steve,

    I really enjoyed reading this post! My partner and I are energised by travel and we are good at giving people incredible travel experiences.

    I would like to ask you if you do not mind me using your images of the map and compass above.

    Keep up the great writing!

    Kind regards

    Luke.

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