Good morning, good morning good people of my readership
Today is going to be a fun post; I'm going to be walking you through one of THE MOST powerful things you can use, to help you reach your goals both in quizzing and out of it....
Yeup, that's right - lets jump into it!
We all know the saying, "if you don't know where you're going, you'll never get there" or however that goes. And if you've read some of my other recent content, you'll know how strongly I believe in NEEDING to succeed, reaching and exceeding your goals, and being obsessed with both the journey you're in today, and in the end destination you're working towards.
I love being in the mindset of needing to succeed, as badly as you need to breathe. Especially when the understanding of "success" encompasses your entire life - spiritual, relational, financial, emotional, intellectual, etc., etc.. and when our relationships with God are genuinely at the center, an are the foundation of all of it.
Because I'm reminded every single day about how vital that relationship is.
An interesting thought about that; people, including myself, really emphasize the journey, growing and learning, and pushing yourself every day to be better and to achieve more. But all life is really about, is relationship with God. That relationship sums up the "journey of life", because it's through that relationship that we really learn, really grow, and it's BECAUSE OF that relationship that we accomplish things, and become better everyday.
I think that if you could look at every aspect of someone's life, all of the outside things we tend to focus on (e.g. financial stability, career, number of friends/quality of relationships, mental health symptoms, etc.) are just a reflection of what's going on in our relationship with God.
I've said before that our relationship with Him "affects" the rest of our lives, but I think I'm realizing a further extent of that.
And of course, you can't disregard all of the things that happen TO us - all we can do is watch our response to those things. Some things we just can't control, or make better, because we live in a fallen world. But I do believe that even in awful situations, God's love for each of us can carry us through. And the great thing about going through anything like that, is that it's going to become a testimony - one that can touch lives - and maybe even save a few.
Even though we'll be talking about vision, and envisioning things today, I don't think that relationship can be reiterated enough. Without that, nothing else matters. With it, your life becomes even more important than any of us can imagine. I'm a strong believer in how God works through dominos - or "seeds".
So why are we talking about vision??
Your life is important.
So, so, incredibly important.
Man, I personally deal with not always feeling like I have much to contribute, anything original to offer, or that someone like me could possibly change lives.
But dude, God didn't create me for no reason - there is no possible way that I was created for anything less than greatness. Now, that "greatness" doesn't have to be what the world thinks it is. It can look like nothing, to the world, but if I know that I'm in God's will and if I can see Him change even a few people through me, that's what I call greatness.
I don't give a frick if I have money, if I'm recognized by people, or if I have followers.
I'm obsessed with two things, I think: 1) my personal growth, obviously, sorry I talk about that too much lol, and 2) seeing God touch people's hearts with His love.
And I'd sacrifice the first one every time, because my spirit doesn't light up nearly the same.
If you have that, if you've seen that, experienced it, and watched it transform people into the incredible person that God originally created them to be - oh my gosh - everything, everything, melts away.
And I gotta be honest with you guys, I forget that sometimes; I can go days, and weeks, without stopping to listen to the Spirit remind me of it (because He always is). To me, that's crazy, because I know that it's the only thing I'm alive for.
The great thing about that though, is that it's literally endless, so I can run as hard and as fast and as long after it as I want, and I'll never reach the end.
Pretty smart of God to pair my personality up with passion for the unsearchable-ness of His character and love, now that I think about it.
BUT (back to the point) even though I think I know why I'm here, and what's at the center of my purpose, that doesn't make my life any more important that anyone else's. Every single person reading this right now, as been created as a unique reflection of a piece of God's character. As we're in relationship with people, and see/experience that piece of God through them, we all change.
If we're here to be God's heart to people on this earth, how can any of us believe that we are unimportant?
You gotta live right now, you have everything to give.
I want you to be alive. Your heart is so important to God.
If all you did in this life, was live in relationship with the Father, and rest in His hug, that would be enough! What you do, isn't what makes your life important - it's the single fact that God created you, specifically, and He loves you so much.
The value, incurred on your heart, is beyond what I can imagine, or what any of us can conceive.
That value hasn't been given because of anything that you've done, and it's impossible for any more value to added - you're all maxed out! What a good life, and a good God and Father, that even before we were placed on this earth, we were valued by Him as much as He values His own Son.
That thought alone takes away any pressure to do things to try to earn His favor, love, or satisfaction.
So, in conclusion: You have so much to give, because you're so amazingly created and valued by God (not the other way around).
And once we know this, and let that truth get rooted in our hearts, God really starts to speak to us about whatever our specific purpose is while we're still in this world. And, whenever we're ready, and we tell Him we are, we can start to really walk in it, and run with it. Which is SO much fun - even just the tiny taste that I've gotten so far.
To work in that purpose, and work in it for hopefully a lifetime, it's super helpful to work with a vision - to keep us focused, grounded, and ever-growing stronger.
And all that vision really is, is just listening to God about what His heart for you is, and letting Him lead you in that.
Soo, I guess this post didn't end up being really about vision, in the general sense of the word... but I mean, hey, God wanted to talk about something a little different, I guess. And, as always, it was all what I personally needed to hear as well.
He's really good at multitasking, I've noticed.... probably because I'm not very good (yet) at slowing myself down, so He has to. I really need to work on that, actually, haha.
ANYWAYS guys, I hope that God was able to speak to you through this post today, encourage, and love on you. I love you guys so much, and I'll talk to you again soon (new Newsletter coming your way this Sunday!). Keep quizzing, and living victoriously!!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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