I’ve hibernated not just in my personal life, but in my professional life as well. In the past year I’ve had time to think about what I really want for myself professionally. With the divorce proceedings, I realized I have to work full time. I don’t have the luxury of starting my business like I had once shared with Adam. So what to do?
I have an idea, but I know I will need God’s grace to get me through my dreams and what I believe is my purpose in life. Are you ready to join me?
Oh, Eve, I’ve been ready, willing and able. It is great to be here with you as you begin to discover another chapter of your life.
Well, I know that for now, your plans of starting a new business need to be placed on hold. However, this does not mean that your purpose in life is on hold. It simply means your thoughts and ways of what you thought your life should be needs to be postponed. Life doesn’t really check-in to see if it is aligned with your dreams. It has another agenda: to stretch you so you can expand your heart and mind. In other words, it wants you to grow up and mature spiritually. It will not allow you to stay stagnant and childish. Unfortunately, the gateway to maturity is through suffering.
You see, Eve, suffering requires you to pull the current back, like in the Wizard of Oz, and see your ego for what it really is. The false self has been operating and the true self needs to come forth. If all is well, the true self remains hidden and you never discover the real purpose of your life or your true desires. Letting go of these illusions will bring about greater focus and new passion for something that could not have existed under the rule of your false self. Of course, you always have a choice to let suffering make you bitter and resentful, but I know your heart wants to make a difference and won’t allow you to do that. It will lead you to create meaningful change for those you encounter in life.
Eve, please know that I will walk with you and help you through the suffering. The key is to not try to control it or force it. It is about letting the suffering melt the old ideas and allowing God to refashion you in his hands. Think of Michelangelo who used a chisel to bring forth the great work of art that wanted to be freed from the stone that was surrounding it. He said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Sculpting each piece required the stone to suffer the sculptor’s every blow before it could have new life and become something it never thought it could be. The stone’s thoughts and ways were little compared to the greatness that the sculptor saw. So God sees greatness that you may not see right now. So will you let him free you from your thoughts and ways and be the GREAT masterpiece he knows you can be? As God said, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8).