Chapter Five - Make A Path; Leave A Trail

Joy’s defining moment with her stepfather inspired her to help people. This moment also incited her to hate him. Appendicitis was a defining moment that validated both positive and negative decisions Joy made—her desire to comfort others and her judgment regarding her stepfather.

Once the forgiveness process was put in place, her defining moments were used to fuel the purpose in her life instead of the hatred in her heart. Joy’s heart realized, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

God uses these defining moments to bring forth gifts He has already given you. They come to fruition through the experiences of life. Are you being inspired or incited by these pivotal points in time?

Joy was on the right track defining her destiny, but still had to remove some obstacles in the road ahead. God in His grace was directing Joy’s destiny in spite of her attitude toward her stepfather.

So often we are acutely aware of an area that needs to be addressed, but feel that thing is preventing us from being, having, or doing what we were meant to. Understanding the significance of your defining moments will help you clarify your life’s meaning. What meaningful friendships in your life are seem set apart? Why are they distinctive? Do you see God’s love in them? How have you been enriched with their wisdom and insight—or how have you shared your wisdom and counsel?

The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable. They are already there waiting to be worked out. Drugs and alcohol may mask a personality with a costume of deceit, but recovery calls forth the real person as the fading effects of chemicals lose their hold. You are unique. You were born a certain way, and the circumstances of your life will bring it out.

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