Are you a “Super Souler”? That’s how Oprah affectionately refers to those who watch her Super Soul series on Sunday nights. Each week she interviews a different thinker, pastor, author, or person who seeks to have a deeper/more meaningful life experience. She recently had Steven Pressfield on, the author of The War of Art. Have you read it? It was a great conversation about how when we try to go higher or deeper in our lives (be it in our relationships, career, health, parenting, finances, etc.) we will naturally encounter things like resistance, fear, and self-doubt. But, Steven says, that’s when we know we’re on the right path. Two sentences very eloquently written in his book stood out:
Whoa. Is this a lightbulb moment for any of you? As their conversation continued, Steven shared what I also believe to be true. Once you commit, and you are on the path to living the life within (the path that resonates with your soul), all kinds of aid comes to you to support your commitment.
Has this happened in your life? I can think back to when I was in college, working full-time and trying to earn a degree in journalism that was taking forever and not really having a direction or clear career path, I finally committed to becoming a lawyer. It was a quiet, barely whispered dream inside that I never actually believed could materialize. It seemed impossible in my life (no money of my own, no financial support from family, no family that had ever gone to college, self-talk of “I’m not smart or sophisticated enough” and so on), but once I committed and spoke the dream out loud to people, doors opened and I was assisted. I got help and even a mentor. But, I only committed and got on the path- God opened the doors and helped see me through all the way to graduation and to my first job.
By the way, I wasn’t a church-going, Bible-reading girl before law school. But that didn’t matter to God. He knew my heart. It was during law school that He really got ahold of me and my eyes were more fully opened. Isn’t it amazing the plans and purpose God has for us?!
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16.
The Word also says in Isaiah 43:19, “I am doing a new thing . . . do you not perceive it?” In other words, can’t you tell He’s up to something in YOUR life?!
Have a great Sunday!
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Thank you for posting this!
God is so good isn't He? The devil is the resistance for Christians. Living my life for God makes him mad and he does everything he can to mess that up…too bad for Him, my God is more powerful! When I hit my feet on the ground in the morning, I want the devil to say "Oh crap, Olivia is up." 🙂
Could not agree more with Olivia. The "resistance" we all feel from time to time is the work of the devil. He is not happy when we go about God's work, or even when we take that leap of "faith" when we feel God pulling us in another direction (His path He laid out for us long ago).
My favorite verse reflecting this is Jeremiah 29:11. Something I read recently in a commentary for our current Bible study of Romans stated, "God indeed meets us where we are, but He has no plans for leaving us where we are." This not only applies to where we are in our relationship with Him, but also where we are in life.
God truly knows what's inside our hearts. The devil may try and try to pull us away from Him but because of our faith in God, we're strong enough to fight back and stay grounded. I love the fact that you have posts that relate to our spirituality. This is a reminder that we don't just focus on our physical health but also on our spiritual health. Hope you could drop by my health blog as well. It's called The Healthy Happy Life. Feel free to drop in some comments too. God bless you Megan!
Thank you for this great post.
I'm inspired by this wonderful post. Thanks a million. Very soon I'm going to reel out from my achieves some of the wonderful things that have happened to me that I know are surely the hand work of God. I'm a living testimony to the goodness of God. Bless you.
I really liked this post, thanks for sharing.