Have you ever seen what happens when you take a fish out of water? He flips, flops, and squirms in sheer panic. With each passing second, he begins losing energy and the strength to fight. He certainly doesn’t thrive on land. No matter how long this fish lays in the grass, he will never learn to adjust to life on land. Even if he tried to convince himself that land would be a more suitable home for him, it would not be enough for him to prosper.
Have you ever felt like that fish in your own life? You feel an uneasiness and dissatisfaction in the paths you’ve chosen and you feel trapped. Your God-given talents and the encouragement from others echo in your mind. Something stirs in your heart, making you feel as though you were created for something different. Like this fish, you too feel like you’re suffocating in life. Believe it or not, there are ways to get you into that distant water you so long to be in.
All our life we have been told that unhappiness in situations is all about a change in our mindset. In response, you feel guilty for your feelings so you forcefully put on a smile and act like everything is okay. You suppress your emotions and write them off as being selfish and irrational. Understand that sometimes these feelings could be a mental and spiritual attack. If you’ve done everything you can to find solace in your situation and come up empty-handed, consider it could be God’s way of letting you know that he has another plan for you.
Just as simple dissatisfaction can be like a blinking marquee sign straight from God pointing you towards your true purpose, listening to the words of others can do just the same. Whenever a friend, family member, or colleague compliments you on one of your talents, take note of it. Make a list of the affirmations you’ve been told concerning your talents and pray about them. God speaks in various forms and easily could be speaking through the words of your closest friends. While what others say isn’t always pointing to God’s will for your life, if you feel it agrees with your passions and internal convictions, it could be a good sign that God is using them to speak to you.
Listen to your passions and your talents. Are you great with numbers? Do you find excitement in building or creating things? Are you a skilled writer? How do these talents pair with the passions and convictions in your heart? Seek after them! Remember that what burns inside you is not just for your good alone, but it is how God wants to work through you. When you step into your purpose, you’ll find joy and fulfillment in ways you couldn’t have experienced otherwise.
“The purpose of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” Proverbs 20:5
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10