Many times we have to take steps of faith to find out how to fulfill our potential and purpose in life. It’s not always easy to do this, obviously, and we often encounter barriers and struggles along the way in this journey of life. Yet with God’s guidance, we can still make progress even during difficult times.
Here is some inspiration for this Thursday, excerpted from two of Joyce Meyer’s devotionals. Just so you know, I have permission from Joyce Meyer Ministries and their publishing company, Faith Words at Hatchette Book Group, to share these small portions from her books. Someone questioned me on this, so I inquired and received confirmation that it was OK and even received their blessings to continue sharing, as long as I continue to provide proper attribution and to link to their sites.
“The only way we ever reach our final destination
and succeed at being our true selves,
is to take many, many steps of faith.
Stepping out into the unknown–
into something we have never done before–
can leave us shaking in our boots.
Because of feelings of fear,
many people never ‘step out,’
therefore, they never ‘find out’
what they are capable of.”
–-Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional“
“God can strengthen us to the point
that we can make progress even DURING trouble.
Trials and testing do not come
to cause us to lose stability.
They are opportunities
to prove the strength of God.
Nothing will keep us from making progress today
because God is our strength.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right“
I think these two devotional thoughts go well together. It’s good advice to “step out to find out” because we won’t fulfill our potential if we stand still. It’s like that analogy again of standing in front of an automatic door that won’t open unless we step forward to activate the mechanism.
I also know from personal experience that we grow by going through struggles, by the grace of God. I’m just thankful He does take us THROUGH–He doesn’t abandon us in the midst of the problems!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you agree with the idea of taking steps of faith to find out what you need to do to fulfill your potential?
Have you experienced growth when you go through trials and testing?