“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.”
One of the most profound exercises I have ever done in my life was the creation of a “Faith Map” timeline. In this exercise I created a map of the people that God has put into my life to further my journey. I call it a faith map because I literally drew it out on large paper so I could visualize the impact that people have had on my life and understand the broader picture. Taking the time to think through all the people that I have been blessed to know is truly astounding. I can say with absolute certitude that I wouldn’t have nearly the blessings I have today I certain people hadn’t been placed on my path. If you are interested in digging deep and doing a similar exercise sit down and ask yourself these questions:
- How did I get here? Who specifically influenced my journey? (I find it easier to start with more recent relationships)
- What did I learn from them? How did they influence my journey?
- Where would I be without that intentional nudge? What would my life be like?
I know it sounds corny, and it probably is, but for me it gave me a much greater sense of how intentionally God has worked in my life. It gives rise to an interesting question. Because God was so intentional with our creation that he knows every hair on our head and we were created in God’s image, doesn’t that mean are supposed to be intentional with how we spend our lives?