Have you Discovered your Purpose in Life?

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Do you just follow along to get along or do you forge your own path?

Do you just follow along to get along or do you forge your own path?

Do you feel like you’re aimlessly walking through life not knowing where you’re going or even where you’ve been? Are you being pushed and pulled in different directions by other people or situations that leave you empty and confused?

Rivers meander like this weaving through obstacles, passing things by, and going wherever gravity and the shift of ground takes them. You’re better than that! It’s time to put your concerns and hopes on paper.

Companies, churches, and large corporations usually have a “Mission Statement” to keep them on track and to guide them through difficult transitions. Why not you?

'Hut two three four" Take that first step and keep going until it becomes a habit.

‘Hut two three four” Take that first step and keep going until it becomes a habit.

A mission statement is an overall view of what you want your life to be about and why. It is greater than a goal that details individual projects and desires. What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to end up when you’re 65+ years of age?

Clarify your position in terms of your faith, your family, and your dreams. Goals will come later as to how to get there. For now just set the tone of your life and what kind of person you want to become.

Once you have that list prepared, create highlights from the most important to the least. Now work on your statement. Here’s an example of a work-related mission statement:

“My mission is to use my talents and skills to assist, direct and manage the scope of my responsibilities in such a way as to make those I serve more productive and successful; in doing so, I will also grow and prosper.”

Emma's Birthday -- Looking back brings her joy!

Emma’s Birthday — Looking back brings her joy!

Here’s an example of a life mission statement:

“My mission in life is to use and expand my God-given talents and abilities in such a way that I remain true to myself, true to my family and to my God. I will do my part to enrich and strengthen the lives of those around me leaving the world a somewhat better place just because I was here.”

If you want to leave a positive footprint on the earth while you’re here, create a personal mission statement that will guide your efforts in being a better parent, a more productive employee, a supportive friend and neighbor in your community. Once you have developed your purpose, then go back and see what things in your life you need to change to get there.

Here is where goals come into play. Work on one goal at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed and give up. Life is not an event but a process. Taking one step at a time and overcoming one difficulty at a time solidifies your efforts into long-term habits. Once a habit is developed, you don’t have to think about that part of your list. You can go onto the next project, define your goal, and begin again.

Stay with it while you build a chain of positive habits that will assist you in fulfilling your purpose or mission in life. Good luck!

Let the Healing Begin; Ways to Beat the Odds

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Looking Outward (16 x 20) acrylic; frame: Old Window

Looking Outward (16 x 20) acrylic; frame: Old Window

The body is a miraculous organ that under normal circumstances functions to heal itself if injured. When attacked either by accident, bacteria or virus, through our own carelessness or that of someone else’s the body’s defenses (the immune system) kick in. Even if they don’t, modern medicine is there to take over the job and provide much needed support.

An emotional injury is quite another matter. Our very heart and soul are under siege. The mind is fooled into thinking it’s our fault either through manipulation, abuse, or false accusations. Confusion sets in. We can’t process the pain. Did we cause it? Did we say or do something wrong? Are we unlovable? Are the things the other person said about us true?

The internal pain goes deeper than we ever thought possible. So deep that some people who experience an emotional injury feel actual physical pain like a knife piercing their heart or a feeling that  life and breath are being squeezed out of them in a spasm of muscular pressure. There have been occurrences of people dying from a broken heart or who have had a nervous breakdown as a result of suffering emotional trauma similar to the PTS syndrome veterans experience in war time.

Tickles from God

“Tickles from God” acrylic on canvas

Such tragedies happen because we are human. How do you deal with reality when your whole being is swirling around in a surreal world of physical and emotional pain? How do you get off the Merry-Go-Round that keeps replaying the past? You look for answers, but there are none. If you replay the memory again, perhaps you’ll find a reason to make this nightmare stop or go away? Like an old-fashioned record, you’re stuck reliving the pain again and again.

This is the time to reach out for help. Friends may offer sympathy; but they have none of the skills needed to help you, or to ensure that you make a safe transition to wellness. A psychologist or psychiatrist may help you understand what has happened and guide you to a better place, but the work of healing is still yours.

Falling on your knees in prayer can help you feel the power and love of God. This action alone will give you strength to do the hard work. Trying to heal without God is like covering an open wound with a dirty rag. It’s like burying your sorrows in a dark room, curled up in a ball, and hoping that you’ll recover. The saving, healing grace of Jesus Christ must be received in openness and light.

"With These Hands -- Wonder" oil on canvas

“With These Hands — Wonder” oil on canvas

Doctor’s may heal your mind and your body, but only God can heal the jagged wounds of the heart. Spiritual pain needs a Savior. Sins of all kinds need a Redeemer to give you hope and remind you that you’re not alone. He is “worthy to be praised,” and he can heal you of your broken heart just as he did mine.

I have seen people flounder in unbelief. God throws them a life line, and they ignore it because they do not recognize his voice. They have turned away from him so often that he has become a stranger. They do not trust what they have not seen. They do not listen to one in whom they do not believe.

Instead they trust in people, humans like themselves with weaknesses, lusts and desires. They read what so-called experts have written or said as if it were gospel. They trust in the arm of flesh because it is all they know. God’s Word is mocked and treated like myth or legend. In their heart of hearts they are devoid of truth and without a light in a dark world.

Healing is a process; one that takes time and effort. There are no easy fixes or magic solutions. Some people try to find comfort in a bottle, or a needle or other physical gratification. But they are never satisfied, never filled. Their hunger creates a vacuum that sucks the life out of everything and everyone they touch.

The “Bread of Life” satisfies that deep hunger and begins the healing. The new life that follows brings peace and contentment. There is no other way. Jesus is the “well-spring” of life and his healing is permanent and eternal.

Why have I used this message in my “The Art of Living” blog?” Because in my own personal life my faith is as basic to my survival as food, water and shelter. My faith is vital to my overall satisfaction and happiness; A life void of faith is a life not worth living. (See my other blog: “Witness Spoken Here”)

Link  http://www.witness-spokenhere.com