Destiny always seemed such a big and unattainable word to me. What is destiny? That thing everyone wants to achieve? Wikipedia answer it as follows: Destiny is a predetermined course of events or fixed natural order of the universe. And Merriam-Webster puts it this way: a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency. For now, let’s just call it “God’s purpose for your life”. It’s not one event, it’s what your life is made of, those moments in time, the chain of events that define your life.
So often I think “God, I just want to reach my destiny.” but I’m pretty sure He thinks to himself “Oh little one, you are already walking the path I have destined for you.” I’m so focused to get to that one place, that dream, that thing I was born for and sometimes forget that the journey is what makes up my destiny. As I spend time in the word I don’t have a choice but to realize that the journey is what counts, not the destination.
I’m about to walk into a stadium for a football game at a very nice stadium. As a matter of fact I am sitting in a coffee shop around the corner of the stadium and media is arriving and the place is buzzing with people. There are 25 guys on each team in the locker room right now that are focusing on the game that is coming up, believing that it is their destiny to win, move up in the league and make a name for themselves. But what really matters and what is going to determine if they reach their goal is how they play on the field; the leader they are on the field, and even more so the leader they are off the field.
When I think about Smith Wigglesworth, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham and many other Generals of God, I don’t think about that one thing they achieved in their life. No, what makes me respect them, want to be like them, and what provokes my thoughts to become the woman I was born to be is their character. How they approached life, loved, and touched thousands of lives is draws me read about them. When they had reached the last years of their lives, I believe they were looking back at the good times and the hard times and said it was all worth it. They didn’t give up when they encountered obstacles, and no matter how hard it might have looked to overcome a situation they were facing they took the high road, they let their character be tested and might have fallen short every now and they didn’t give up. They got back on their feet, kept fighting, conquered uncharted territory and gained victory. Most of that probably all happened alone behind closed doors, not in the spotlight of the media. Character is defined by who you are when no one is looking and character is what made these great men and women of God famous.
Here is my question to you: What will you see when you’re 60 years old and are looking back on your life. Will you see yourself tried by fire, overcoming and being a person of integrity and honor?
Will you take the risk and step out by faith? Love people when no one else is? Make the right choice when no on else does?
I know that for me it requires constant renewing of my mind to understand that the choices I make today will determine the small and big victories on my journey of life.