Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
“There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they’ll take you. Mine took me here…where I belong.” Beatrix Potter, the greatest children’s author of the 20th century, called Hill Top Farm in rural England, home. She found inspiration and freedom to write about the many adventures (and misadventures) of her animal friends surrounded by beautiful, lush, rolling hills. It’s where she belonged and where her passion as an artist flourished.
We all long to find where we belong, don’t we? As small children we belong to a family. We live together, find our identity through family and take our rightful place in the birth order. As we mature, although sharing the same roots, we differ greatly. Our eldest brother likes sports and our middle sister loves fashion while we adore books. We’re shy. They’re social. We crave solitude. They adore crowds. We’re most obviously different. And so goes our journey of belonging.
In part, the journey points to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When first asked, (around the age of 3), we don’t have a clue. If the question were, “What do you like to do the most?”, we might answer more accurately. Why? Because what we enjoy doing is how God wired us and strongly points to what we might be when we “grow up.”
Belonging, is knowing your purpose – doing what God created you to do – where your heart soars. It’s a place that feels like Paradise.
So how do you get there?
- Deal with your heart-wounds alone with God, with a counselor or trusted friend. Once you do, you can put the past behind you and move forward on your journey.
- Surrender your passion, your deepest desire before God in prayer. Ask God if what your passion is truly His desire for you. Most usually, His desires align with our greatest passions, but how we are to exercise our talents/passions needs to come into alignmenet with His will. This may take time listening to God and examining our own hearts.
- Obey God’s leading.
Our passions make our hearts soar and create a place in this world where we belong. When we’re doing what God purposed us to do we’re welcoming the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth – a bit of Paradise.
What’s your heart’s desire/passion? How do you live it out? What steps are you taking to discover God’s purpose for your life or the life of your children? What’s stopping you?
From where I belong,