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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” – Proverbs 19:21.

It can be very difficult to figure out what you want to do in life and what your purpose is. We were all put on this earth for a reason and to make a difference. We often have a hard time finding our purpose, but God has one for each and every one of us. Here are some ways to find your purpose and to trust that the Lord has a plan for your life.

Use Your Talents to Glorify Him

Everyone is talented at something. We were all given gifts and talents that we can use to find our purpose in life and to help and inspire others. God is the one who gave you your talents, and he gave them to you for a reason. He knows the potential that you have and knows that you are capable of great things. Trust in him and let him lead you. Follow him and he will guide you to help you find your purpose.

Have Patience

God knows what he is doing. Everything happens on his timing and not our own. We have to have patience that we will find our purpose when the time is right. We cannot be upset when it doesn’t come, but rather look forward to the time that it will come and be grateful for what we have in the present. He will reward you for your patience, and the reward will be even greater than we can ever imagine.

Trust His Plan

We all have an idea of how we want our lives to turn out and what we want to do in the future, but our plans may not line up with God’s plans. We often have a difficult time trusting him because we are afraid of the unknown. We never know what he has planned for us and we are afraid that whatever it is, it will not make us happy.

“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).

Take Rejection as a Lesson and Preparation For The Future

Rejection is always painful. Whenever we fail at something or get turned down, we tend to get discouraged. We start to give up on ourselves. Instead of giving up and feeling like a failure whenever something does not go the way that you want it to, take that as a lesson to be learned. Learn from the things that do not work out and figure out what you can do differently or how you can better prepare yourself for the future. God uses every situation in our lives for good. Even when we do not realize it, he is working in our favor, everything happens for a reason, even when we have no idea what that reason is, it will always work out for the better. Trust God and what he is doing in your life. He will not disappoint.

Everything Happens In His Timing

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3 ESV

God is not making you wait just for fun. He has a plan and he will see it through when the time is right. God’s timing is always perfect. We stress about things working out and constantly wonder when we will find our purpose and when things will come together, but God will bring those things to us when the time is right.

Trust in the Lord and in his timing. He will reveal his purpose for you at the right time. Do not stress. He’s got this.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Theology

“Let your speech always be gracious.” – Colossians 4:6

Words have the power to change the world. Everywhere you go, words are being shouted at us. Whether it’s on a billboard, in the music we listen to, the books we read and who we communicate with, we are always reading, listening and ingesting words that are then stored inside our brain and projected out into our life.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.” – 2 Samuel 9:13

An interesting book in the Bible is 2 Samuel which talks about the life of David. After taking the throne through God’s will, he asked if there was any other relatives of Saul, the previous king who, in jealousy, had tried to murder him. David wanted to show Saul’s family kindness becasue of his bond with Saul’s son, Jonathan, who had died in war.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1

Small groups are something that is common among Christians. Many churches have Bible studies and groups. However, some people may ask the question, “Do we need to be a part of a small group?”

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By Lily Cooper
 Professional Writing Major
, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

We are surrounded by noise. People are talking all around us, the TV shouts advertisements, our phones chirp with notifications, texts and calls. The world is shouting at us in every type of way and with every different type of opinions.

These voices include one of truth, and one of lies. With all the outside voices already shouting at us, it can be hard to hear one and not the other. Satan loves to whisper his lies around to make us feel inferior and small. He strives to make our lives a wreck and confuse us by offering us the joy of sin and then condemning us after we commit it and make it seem unforgiveable.

However, there is always a light in the darkness and God’s voice is always there to help us and guide us, we just need to follow. He will never tell you to do, think or say anything that contradicts His word. He directly tells us to recognize His voice through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The enemy’s voice will:

  • Rush you (James 4:7)
  • Push you (Genesis 3:13)
  • Frighten you (1 Peter 5:8)
  • Confuse you (Genesis 3:4-5)
  • Discourage you (2 Corinthians 11:3)
  • Worry you (1 John 3:8)
  • Condemn you (John 10:10)

God’s voice however, is full of unconditional love and only wants what is best for us. God’s voice will:

  • Comforts you (Isaiah 51:11)
  • Protect you (Psalm 121:7)
  • Help you (Psalm 115:11)
  • Convict you (John 16:13)
  • Lead you (Isaiah 30:21)
  • Still you (Psalm 29:11)

If you are ever unsure about what you are hearing, just check God’s Word and see if it pans out. More often than not, if it aligns with what He says, it is from God. Anything opposite is from the enemy. So he next time you hear Satan speak to you, arm yourself with His words and affirm yourself of God’s love for you.

His Word and voice is powerful.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” – Psalm 15:1-5

Life is full of people and experiences that will let you down and test you. How you handle the difficult moments in life says a lot about you. In all of these situations, think of what Jesus would do and act like him. Take the high road and be the bigger person, even when it is difficult.

Be the One Who Stays When Everyone Else Leaves

People will walk in and out of your life. We cannot always make other people stay, even when it is hard to let them go. You can be the one that chooses to stay when times get difficult. Be the person to stand by others when they are in need and when they need support the most, even if it is easier to walk away, choose to stay and be the light that others need in difficult times.

Forgive When They Are Undeserving

Forgiving others can be very difficult. It can be hard to both forgive and be forgiven. It is especially difficult to forgive others who are undeserving of forgiveness. When someone has hurt you in the worst way and has betrayed you, the last thing that you want to do is forgive them. In these situations think of what Jesus would do. Take the high road and forgive them like Jesus would forgive them. Be understanding that we are all human and we all make mistakes. You can forgive, but you do not have to forget.

Show Love When You Are Betrayed

When others do not show love towards you, when they betray you, when they hurt you, show them love. It can be hard to give love when it is not returned, but when you show others love and kindness, that love will be returned to you in ways that you never thought possible. Your good deeds will be returned to you. Have patience and the Lord will bless you and reward you for showing love to others.

Be Like Jesus

When life gets difficult, when relationships fail and when you feel like giving up look to the Lord. Think of what Jesus would do in every situation and be like him. Shine his light to others when they need it most. You will be rewarded for your acts of kindness and your love towards others in ways that you never thought possible.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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