Here are 5 reasons we may never reach our God given destiny. I know them well because at some point along the way I’ve had to face each one.


1 We Don’t Know What Our Destiny Is

There is a sure saying “if you aim nowhere you’re sure to hit it”. Knowing what we are here on planet earth for is a massive motivation in our life. It’s often what gets us out of bed in the morning and gives us the passion to live.

Life is short and God wants us to know why we’re here and why He made us. James 1:5 says “Ask God and He will gladly tell you want to do”. God has something incredible for you to do. You may not know the gritty details now, but receive whatever He has to tell you.

 If you don’t know what your destiny is what are you alive and living for?

Take it a step further and write it down. When challenging years come you’ll know that God still has a destiny for you and that will boost your faith greatly.


2We Never Start

When we discover our destiny (which, by the way, is a totally different thing than discovering our dreams) often we can feel inadequate. The contrast as to what God is calling us to and where we currently are can be bold. The temptation is to say it can’t be done.

It’s not that we outright deny our destiny, it’s more that we hide from it, terrified of what implications it will have on our life. Taking the first step is always the hardest. It may involve a change of lifestyle, taking a risk or giving up something that is very precious to you, but it’s always  worth it.

My pastor, Symon Drake, recently told our church that the first time he got up to preach he was almost physically sick. The thought that his destiny would involve pastoring was probably far too overwhelming for him to comprehend at the time.

He could have given up before he started, but he didn’t. Nor should we.


3We Get Discouraged

The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, are famous for their invention of the aeroplane. Never before had mankind taken to the skies, yet Before they set out to build the first ever aeroplane their Father said

“It is impossible for men in the future to fly like birds. Flying is reserved for the angels. Do not mention that again lest you be guilty of blasphemy.”

I can’t imagine what Orville and Wilber thought when they heard their fathers discouraging words, however I am extremely happy Orville and Wilbur persisted in their destiny and that today we have the aeroplane.

Words, circumstances and people may try to discourage you along the way but keep in mind the story of the Wright Brothers. Little did they know their tomfoolery would one day send mankind to the moon.


4We Lie To Ourselves

So many of us live performance based lives. When we are performing well we feel accepted, valued and loved, and when we fail we feel worthless. Living like this causes us to hide from our mistakes and weaknesses.

God tells us that He loves us unconditionally (it sounds so cliché, yet mostly we still don’t believe it) and that radically changes everything. When we receive our identity from Him we can separate our worth from our weakness. We’ll feel less threatened when we see unhealthy behavioural patterns & failures and we can then address them knowing it’s a surface issue and not an identity flaw.

When we receive our identity from Him we can separate our worth from our weakness

If we keep hiding behind our lies the we’ll never grow and change into who God destined us to be.


5We Stop “Be”ing In The Journey Of Life

If your primary goal is success then you’ll drive yourself into the ground trying to make things happen. Along the way you’ll hurt a lot of people including yourself.

Destiny is more about being than about doing

Learn to kick back and love the people around you, those who God has placed in your life. Work on values, ethics and character and let God take care of the administration side of things. Too many times we reverse these roles and spend time working to promote ourself and then want God to miraculously do something about our character.

Learn to be who God created you to be, everything you will one day do and carry will come from who you are, not what you can do.

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