By Effie Rolfe
What’s in your dash? Yes, the summer Olympics just ended, however this is not in reference to the 100-yard dash or the 400-meter dash. This dash is personal. It’s every move you make and every breath you take beginning with your birthdate and ending on the day you transition from this earth. If you have breath you have purpose. The dash is about how well you live your daily life. Exactly what are you doing? Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years.” Lillian Dixon likened life to a coin “You spend any way you wish—but you can only spend it once.” Therefore, the question, is ‘how are you spending the life you have been given?’
A great way to unpack that question is to think about the following ‘Am I making a living or am I living my making?’ At the end of the day, is it about a paycheck or fulfillment? Too often, people live a life that is empty, unfulfilling and passionless. Don’t be one of them. Let’s look at what is considered the three most important days of your life. The day you were born. Your life is not a mistake but rather an integral part of God’s plan. The bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 indicates that God is intentional about your life. You are a part of His Master Plan. “He knows the plan he has for you, thoughts to give you a hope and a future.” Your future is God’s History!
The day when you discover why you were born. This is when you become intentional about the significance of God’s plan for your life. It is your responsibility to seek Him in prayer, guidance and direction for the path that He has already given you before creation. When you begin to do what you were born to do. It is absolutely crucial that you understand that you are vitally important to the world. You were created for such a time as this. You have a different fingerprint and you have a different life print. No one can do what God has ordained for you. What God has for me—it is for me! To be honest, it is vital and significant that you fulfill those dreams and God given destiny because it’s so much bigger than what you could ever imagine. When you live your making—you are manifesting what God has designed for your life to inspire, impact and bless generations to come. People see God shining through you in ministry and the marketplace “You are the light of the world and the salt of the earth” (Matt 15:13-14).
In the meantime, think about what puts a smile on your face. What would you do for free? It’s been said that ‘when you love what you do—it’s no longer work—it’s your passion.’ In your passion—you will find your purpose. Chances are—you are already doing it and have been for quite some time. So often, we overlook the forest for the trees. Your gift is right there—use it. Walk in the area that has been destined for you. The minute you start, the sooner you bless yourself and the world. Most importantly, the sooner, God gets the glory. The calling and purpose for your life is God’s gift to you. How you use it is your gift to God.
Your Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for your life. Just ask. At this point in life, you need to be sure of your life’s calling. There is no room for careless mistakes that could cause a set back of 20 years. So in addition to wisdom, pray for insight and perception. You need detailed instructions to know your next move. Ask and God will give you a sense of knowing. It could be a request to do something; a dream or spoken word but someway you will know. Your dash is your life right now. Therefore, living your life on purpose is an absolute must and it gives a summary of what you’ve done and how you are remembered. Make a concerted effort to keep your dash from ending with woulda’, coulda’ and shoulda’. Got talent—use them to be a blessing and be blessed. Let your contribution make a difference and change the world for generations to come.
Live life full – Die empty!
What’s in your dash..?
©Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her at effierolfe.com or on twitter.com/effiedrolfe. Listen to her show daily onurbanpraiseradio.org (2015 Stellar Award Winner for Best Internet Radio Station).