My Life

 

“A life unexamined is a life not worth living.”

Socrates

No one knows me better than God. It’s the artist that fully understands all that their abstract painting represents. The creator is the one who best defines their creation. They, more than others, realize their masterpiece’s full potential and purpose. While engaging in the process of completing my Life Plan, I discovered like the psalmist in Psalm 139:14, that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

My goal in going through the almost twenty-hour microscopic Life Plan, was to maximize my remaining years on earth. I want to give my all for God’s glory and I knew that entailed me getting to know myself on a more intimate scale. Understanding my sweet spot, the place where my passions, strengths, and motivations intersect, would accomplish that desire.

I discovered my number one motivator is to influence behavior. I love to elicit a response from my audience, to connect with them on a heart level, making them laugh or cry. My second highest motivation comes when I experience the ideal. I need to express my values that are important to me and to live them out with integrity. These two motivations explain why I must write and speak.

While mapping out my timeline and observing my high and low points in my memory bank, it was obvious my bulls-eye is when I’m fully authentic and obedient to God. When I’m true to myself, wholly genuine, and doing what God has asked me to do, then I’m most fulfilled. My boat is rocked though, when fear of man sneaks in, and my integrity and obedience is compromised.

My life’s purpose, why God created me, is to mentor the masses through speaking and writing, restoring wholeness and intimacy with God and those they care about, as they in turn mentor others. If I stay true to my calling, I will not only feel satisfied and God will be glorified, but when I die, I will hear my heavenly Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21a) My life can’t get any better than that!

“Have you received a ministry from the Lord? If so, you must be faithful to it-to consider your life valuable only for the purpose of fulfilling that ministry.

Oswald Chambers

Relevant Reflections:

  1. How are you fearfully and wonderfully made?
  1. Take time to examine your life. What motivates you?
  1. For what purpose did the Creator design you and how can you fulfill it?
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4 Responses to My Life

  1. Mindy says:

    It truly fits who you are, Norma. Thank you for your obedience. I’m one that is so blessed by you.

  2. Beth McGrath says:

    Norma, you are a blessing.I really appreciate this specific blog! It seems like there’s never enough time in life…with a full time job that is not my passion…but not horrible..but helps pays the bills. I know I am not doing what God has put in my heart. This has encouraged me to carve out more time to continue to talk to the Lord about this and hear from him. Thank you!

    • nldonovan says:

      You’re welcome Beth. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to this post. You minister to many hearts at Fresh Start and at Waypoint in more ways than you realize, my friend.

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