“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
A popular question people ask me when I talk about purpose is, Pharaoh! I’m often asked what choice Pharaoh had since it was God who hardened his heart against God. And that is a very important question, because there are a lot of people out there today who believe God made Pharaoh that way and therefore could make them follow a particular path that they do not want to follow.
“How does this apply to the every day person? After all, I’m not Pharaoh.”
Good point! This is how it affects all of us. If God could harden a man to do things against the man’s will, even damnable things, what stops God from doing the same to you and I? Do you see where I’m going? What if you’re the next Hitler or the next Abacha? How could you stop it and change course?
People are already asking these sorts of questions.
“What if I was destined to be poor and can do nothing about it, just like my father and his father before him?”
In the same vein, some are asking, “What if I was made a homosexual by God and fighting it is just fighting His will?”
“God’s love is so real that He created you just so He can prove it.”
This post flows from the last thought shared on my previous post about receiving a calling from God. And here I intend to touch on a very sensitive matter that springs from that thought – predestination.
More challenging than the quest for purpose is the fear of what we may discover when we embark on that quest. Sometimes it’s the fear of discovering the responsibility that purpose would bestow on us and other times it’s the fear of discovering that an unpleasant path lies ahead of us or that we have been predestined for damnation. More often than not this fear finds its root in a popular misunderstanding of the scriptures.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
In the first part of this post, PURPOSE – The Power of Vision, I wrote about passion and talent. Today I want to continue and tell you about opportunities and calling.