DREAM AGAIN

Have you identified your talents, gifts, and abilities? Is there an activity that fills you with joy and motivates you to engage in out of sheer pleasure? Do you have a strong liking for or a deep interest in anything in particular? Has God sowed a vision in the core of your spirit that took root and continues to tug at your heart and resurface in your mind? What career path would you take if neither money nor fear were a consideration?

If you have not asked or answered these questions for yourself, now is the perfect opportunity to begin an honest self-inventory. Get still and quiet before God to inquire about His plan and purpose for your life. Release past disappointments and embrace the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind that He has given to us. When we take the time to spiritually ponder our course and make choices based on the right reasons, instead of other people’s opinion or our personal fears and limited thinking, we become open and available to the wisdom and direction of God’s leading. The peace, prosperity, and contentment of success are ensured by aligning ourselves with the Creator and pursuing our calling and life’s purpose.

I didn’t have the wisdom or guidance to pursue my passion until late in life even though I recognized that I had a talent for writing poetry when I was in Junior High School. The creativity flowed naturally and I experienced a sense of joy, peace, self expression and accomplishment when writing overall. However, I didn’t pursue writing or any of the other career choices I had a seemingly innate strong liking for; instead I chose Computer Science as my first college major, rationalizing that I could make big money in that field and then branch out into the other less lucrative areas that truly held my interest. I soon learned how flawed that limited thinking was when I couldn’t relate to the binary codes and all things technical. I was more of a people person and realized that the potential salary of this profitable field didn’t matter if the subject material didn’t hold my interest enough for me to process the information and pass the classes with good grades. I have long since learned that it is God who makes our way prosperous:

(Joshua 1:8) “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Matthew 6:33) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

KEY INGREDIENTS

Some of the key ingredients for pursuing your passion successfully are Surrender, Obedience, and Faith:

1. Surrender to God’s will, plan and purpose for your life. I had to ask God what that looked like because I realized that I didn’t know how to surrender totally. I found it to be a daily releasing of my will and an embracing of His will. (James 4:6-7) “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

2. Obedience to what God has called you to do, using what is in your hand to do what you are passionate about. We each have at least one God-given gift and should use it to serve others. (Acts 5:29) “… We must obey God rather than men!” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2) “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God.”

3. Faith to believe! Believe that God has already equipped you to complete whatever He has called you to do. Faith to face your fears and press forward anyway, knowing that you are not alone and that it is the blessings of the Lord which make one rich and He adds no sorrow with it. (Joshua 1:9) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

Merriam-Webster defines PURSUE as Seek: to try to obtain or accomplish (that which you are passionate about); Follow: to proceed along (your desired course); Practice: to engage in (your gift, talents, and abilities).

Nurture the vision that God has sown in your spirit. Dare to dream again and trust Him to bring it to pass. God knows the details and will orchestrate all the necessary people, places, and things together for your good.

(Proverbs 3:5-6) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Author's Bio: 

Jo Anne Meekins is a spiritual leader and founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries LLC (www.joannemeekins-inspired4u.com), providing inspiring poetry, informational articles, and motivational messages to encourage, enlighten, and facilitate hope and transformation in the world at large.

Jo Anne is also the author of two books: ON SOLID GROUND: Inspirational Poetry For All Occasions, a book for all ages that includes poems of encouragement, challenge, relationship, celebration, comfort, testimony, ethnocentric expression; and scripture references for each poem; and For Such A Time As This, a 16-poem collection of scripture poems, poetic bible character narratives and sermon summaries. Both available for purchase at www.onsolidgroundpoetry.com.

In addition, Jo Anne is a blogger at www.Hubpages.com/profile/Inspired+4+U; a member of the Boost In Your Bathrobe Prayer Line leadership team (http://liveyourdestinytoday.com/boost-in-your-bathrobe); a founding lifetime member of Women In Ministry International/ Wisdom Women Worldwide Interfaith Center; a member of the National Writers Union; and she formerly worked as a policy & procedure writer for 7 years at Healthfirst health plan before resigning on July 30, 2010 to pursue her passion for ministry on a full time basis.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Mental Health at New York Institute of Technology; a certificate in Basic Journalism & Poetry from Writers Institute; and a certificate in Communication Skills from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.