Finding the True You -- Part 2
Where is this starting point for life? It is with the one who started all of life--God.
Life is not about your dreams, your plans, your goals, your will, your families, your spark, your sun sign, or your whatever else. Life is not about you at all. It’s all about God.
Starting with you is starting in the wrong place.
So how can you tell if you are at the right starting point or not? One easy way to find out is by looking at the kinds of questions you ask yourself. If you ask questions like, “What do I want to do with my life? What are my goals? What are my ambitions and my dreams?” that is a good sign that you are at the wrong starting point.
Those kinds of self-centered questions will leave you just as confused and frustrated as you would be if you were at the wrong starting point with learning an instrument or a sport. To become the person you were created to be, you must start at the right place. And the right place does not start with you. It starts with God.
Look at the following Bible verses:
For the life of every living thing is in [God’s] hand, and the breath of all humanity. ~ Job 12:10
For in [God] we live and move and exist. ~ Acts 17:28
For everything comes from [God]; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen. ~ Romans 11:36
Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see -- kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. ~ Colossians 1:16
The truth of these verses is the correct starting point for all our lives. We were made by God and for God. Until we understand that our lives are not going to make sense.
It is certainly possible to become successful, rich, and famous without having God as your starting point. However, success, money, and fame do not equal fulfillment. The only way to experience true fulfillment is to start with God and seek to discover His purposes and plans for your life.
John Rockefeller, whose oil fortune equaled 336 billion (in adjusted dollars) at the time of his death, wrote, “I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness.”
The wealthy financier John Jacob Astor, who at his death owned a fortune that was equal to one percent of America’s total GNP, penned, “I am the most miserable man on earth.” While the fabulously wealthy industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, opined, “Millionaires seldom smile.”
It is quite possible to be successful by all the world’s standards and still be empty and unfulfilled. The reason is simple. You have not started in the right place.
You were made by God and for God. Until you start with Him and His plan for your life, you will never find fulfillment.