The 4 Questions to Help You Find Your 1 Thing

Posted: April 13, 2014 in books, Thoughts on art ministry and life
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I just got done reading a really pretty good book called One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do. The idea behind the book is pretty simple, and Cooke’s goal and mine are pretty similar. We’re both interested in helping people find their life’s purpose. Between his thoughts and mine, I’d like to give you four questions you can ask yourself to help you find that one thing. Those questions are:

1. What are your gifts/talents?
Consider for a moment that God knows what He’s doing. If that is the case, and of course it is, then the gifts and talents He put in you were put there for a reason. I believe that reason is for you to bring Him glory and build His kingdom. How could you use your gifts to that end? Keep in mind this doesn’t mean you have to paint pictures of Jesus or tell Bible stories, but rather that you give the world your very best gifts done in God honoring ways.

2. What are your passions?
Consider for a moment that God wants you to be joyful. If that is the case, and it is, His joy is after all our strength, then chances are the things you are passionate about may have been put there by Him to excite you about a specific mission He has for your life. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, or that you will be happy all the time, but He made you passionate enough to push through the pain to the prize. Chances are the good, positive things that fire you up, fire you up because that’s how God made you.

3. What are your experiences?
Consider for a moment that God has a plan. If that is the case, and it is, then the things that happen in our lives, both good and bad may just have a purpose. This is hugely encouraging if you think about it. Romans 8:28 reminds us that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” That means that if God has a call on your life and if you love HIm, then all the things in your life can work together into a God honoring, purpose filled life. There is even a purpose and good can even come out of the most difficult situations.

4. What drives you crazy?
Consider for a moment that God knows your heart and mind. If that is the case, and it is, then He knows just how to get through to you. Sometimes it’s the stuff that drives you crazy and the stuff that makes you mad that reveals your life’s purpose. If it weren’t for this tactic, how else would the world’s injustices be corrected and its wrongs righted. If you look at a situation, see it as intolerable and think, “Someone should do something about that” consider for a moment that “someone” might be you. Sometimes it’s the things that drive us crazy that make us find, and fight for, the solution.

You “1 Thing” will most likely be found at the intersection of these four questions.
For example. I am gifted and talented as an artist, writer and storyteller. I am passionate about helping people to know Jesus and find their God-given purpose. My experience is in making art, writing, storytelling, with vocational skills and training in graphic and web design, plus I’m an ordained minister on the positive, and on the negative, I’m a person who was bullied for most of my life, turned to alcohol and wandered through life wondering what’s my purpose (all of which God redeemed when I came to love Him and seek my calling (just like He promised in Romans 8:28). Lastly, what drives me crazy is seeing people live a hopeless existence, without Jesus, without hope and without purpose, in need of encouragement.

All of that put me in creative arts ministry.

Where is God putting you?

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