After a while, I decided that Idol was not my thing, I was going to be the Last Comic Standing. I got jokes! Really, I could tell you a few stories based on my crazy family that would make you laugh. Then my husband and in-laws decided that I could not do that either. "Your timing it just off, Miranda," or so they would jokingly say.
I moved on, I decided I wanted to be a speaker on the Women of Faith Tour. The only problem was that I didn't have a tragic life, or a theology degree, so I settled that I had no qualifications for such a position.
God has a funny way of changing my perspective. As I look at the things I have wanted to do in my life, the common denominator is that they were all about me. I wanted fame and success, because something I did. I wanted to be on stage because of something I said.
I have learned something, that has changed my life. The way to find what I am really good at, the way to find real happiness in my life has been in obedience to God. You see, I believe God gives everyone gifts. The key is that when you are given a gift, it is to GLORIFY GOD, not yourself. The major flaw in all my life "plans" so far have been that they were to glorify me.
Fast forward to today. I am staring down a new path. I am now a facilitator for Beauty from Ashes. That means I lead a group for the ministry, and the reality is, I just ask God to give me everything. I do nothing, and HE accomplishes everything. I pray, I ask for his guidance. He shows up every time and gives me and the ladies everything we each need to accomplish HIS GOALS. It is like what Hebrews 2:10 says: "God is the One who made all things, and all things are for HIS glory." All I have to do is be faithful and obedient.
My next great adventure starts in the fall, Preschool teacher! Yes, you read that right. I am going to be in a room full of four year olds next year. Never in a million years, would I have imagined this is where God wanted me, but here I stand ready to serve God. I feel a calling to be with those kiddos. I feel as though God is trusting me with planting the seeds of His love. He has shown me great love. While I am sure there will be days that I will wonder what I have gotten into; I know that based on his word, He will equip me for what lies ahead.
For years, I always wondered how I would know what my calling is? How do I know what I am good at? It has taken me awhile, but I have discovered that finding what I am good at has nothing to do with me, it has to do with serving God and serving others. I have said many times over many blogs, that the Bibles says we are called to love one another. It is interesting, how much I have loved worrying about me, and what I need and what I am gong to do. The minute I stopped and focused on what God wanted and what God has called all of us to do and be, the good just happened.
This week, I would encourage you to look past yourself and love out. Offer your time to someone other than yourself, and maybe you will stumble across the same thing I did. I found that I am no good at anything, when I am not including and glorifying God.
9 This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love; 10 that you will see the difference between good and bad and will choose the good;
This is my mindset, now let me hear yours!