It was three years ago this month that God showed me an entirely new direction for my life. Before that direction was revealed to me though, it had been about 6 months of re-building my marriage and getting to know Christ in a real way. During those months I continued to ask God these specific questions:
“God, how can I stay consistent in this new walk with you?”
“God, how can I keep my marriage on this beautiful upward swing?”
Praying those prayers through those months finally paid off. God told me one day, in a very loud and clear voice that He wanted me to start writing. Keep in mind that I had no experience in writing and quite simply feared the notion of having to attend a Grammar Class in my High School days. But either way that was the direction God threw down in front of me. So, shortly after that experience and through many more prayers, God helped me come up with Manturity.com.
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What I didn’t realize three years ago was that God was showing me much more then just writing, He was showing me purpose. He was providing me with a passion and He was supplying me with an opportunity to seek Him out everyday in prayer.
PASSION – PURPOSE – PRAYER
Now, let me be clear in saying that this process and change in direction took some time to build and understand. Although God had pointed to the direction, I still had to choose to walk the path or not. I started asking a lot of questions through prayer. How am I going to write well? How would I start a blog and actually get people to read it? Quite simply, how do I start? Finding the answers to these questions became my new passion and pursuit.
What am I going to write about? What did God want me to read and learn? I started taking some of these questions to some experienced brothers in Christ and they helped me along the path. I started out with a 30 Day Challenge to help change my habits. You can start your own challenge here. I also started reading the essential book on manhood, “Wild at Heart”. And, of course, I started digging into the scriptures. I wanted to learn how to become a better man, a stronger husband and a true follower of Christ. Seeking out these things became part of my daily purpose and passion.
Trying to tackle all of these new habits and desires made me seek God on a daily basis. I would and still do ask Him for direction. What does He still want to show me? What does He still want me to learn? These questions gave me a new desire to seek Him out in prayer everyday and they still do.
PASSION – PURPOSE – PRAYER
After just three short years, you can see the results of making Christ my passion, purpose and prayer in life. Not only has Manturity.com helped shape me into a greater man of God and keep building a better marriage, but it continues to touch the lives of thousands of men, women and marriages every month.
“In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)
Now I want to throw the questions back at you…
I continued to ask God two very specific questions at the top and I didn’t stop until He showed me the answers. What questions are you asking God? And if He answers those questions, are you ready to accept the terms and conditions? I would have never guessed I’d be writing for the Kingdom, but it is what God has called me to do. He is calling you to do great things as well. The question is are you listening and are you ready?
Start praying this week about how God could bring alive a passion, purpose and prayer in your life. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you are in or what you have done in your past. God is ready to do great things in your life, so Man Up and start asking!
Have you heard the call from God on your heart? Share your personal passion, purpose and prayer. If you don’t know, share your ideas and seek help from the Manturity Community.