Thursday, August 17th, 2017

God Has a Big Idea For You

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god has big ideaGod has a BIG IDEA to share with you.

Are you listening?

There is an old saying that many people live lives of quiet desperation.

In the Christian world, we can add to that a life of being a pew warmer.  They’re like sports players who never get off the bench…and into the game.

Instead year after year they’re on the bench.  They show up.   They go home and live their life.

But they never really become an influence.

And they don’t seek God for what BIG IDEA He has prepared for them.

It’s interesting.  Since I wrote the book Financial Freedom, I’ve had people email me and ask me if I knew what direction God wanted to take them.  Did I know what He had for them personally?

Nope.  I don’t have a clue where God wants you.  I don’t know what wonderful things He has created you for.  That’s between you and Him.

What I do know is that He never reveals the whole plan at once…or you’d likely be scared out of your wits!

If you’ve been to a fast food restaurant you know what supersize is.  Well it seems like God’s plans only come in Godsize…or at least they seem that way to you.

No one can give you full direction for your life, but there are a few little hints…

#1 – What are you already naturally gifted for?

God created you for a purpose.  You have gifts and talents given to you.  And you can be expected to use those gifts in whatever you do.

A lot of readers will respond that they’re not gifted for anything.  Quit your lying! Especially to yourself.

If you don’t know what your gifts are, then ask those around you who care about you.  Send an email to friends, family, and co-workers asking them what they rely on you for…or what they feel seems to come naturally to you.

It’s often much easier for those around you to see your gifts shining through even when you’re totally blind to them.

#2 – What are you passionate about?

What gets you most excited or righteously angry?  Who does your heart seem to go out to even more than those around you?

What problems and situations others are experiencing that are tough for you to ignore?

Since God leads by love, who do you feel the greatest LOVE for…and a desire to help?

#3 – What are you curious about?

What grabs your interest and makes you want to know more?

I’ve found curiosity is a strong motivation and driver of action.  Where does your curiosity pique and continue growing?

What could you spend all your time studying and discussing…and still be excited to keep going?

#4 – Who are you…really?

Here’s one of the most important elements.  When you find your purpose, you’re free to be who you were created to be.

If we took off all the “expectations” everyone else has for you, who would you choose to be?

What would you choose to do?

And how would you choose to bring value to others?

You become free to be who God created you to be.

Importance of Finding Your BIG IDEA and God’s Plan For You

Go look at the book of Esther, and specifically this verse:

“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Est 4:14 KJV

Who knows whether you’re come to kingdom for such a time as this?

You are here for a reason in this time where you are at.  There are people you can help.  There are those you can reach.

Will you fulfill everything God has for you?

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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14 Responses to “God Has a Big Idea For You”
  1. Scott Vogel says:

    Terry,
    I truly enjoy your thoughts and fully agree. God has a plan for all of us if we just took more time to listen to Him.

    We’re so busy with Facebook, Youtube, Iphones, I everything…

    What is we focused on IGod…and truly spent time in His word and not all caught up in the search for things outside of self.

    What is we did choose to do what God had in store for us?

    What if we did bring value to others?

    What is we truly became who God created us to be?

    It would be an incredible world filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit…Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Forgiveness and Self-Control…

    That’s a world I believe everyone would want to live in.

    God be with you,
    Scott Vogel

    • Terry Dean says:

      @Scott Vogel – Isn’t it interesting with all the “time saving” tools we have today, that people actually feel like they have less time. It “seems” tougher to cut out time to be quiet and spend time in His Word. It’s something we all have to prioritize.

  2. Vern Brown says:

    Hey Scott – you wouldn;t be part of the Vogels from Alberta, would you??

    Terry, I truly appreciate your ‘logic’ when it comes to the Word! I have copied your points and will study them well! Then I will put them into action in ‘my’ life and in my Internet businesses.

    I know God has gifted me in a number of things; teaching bible studies; developing websites; helping others find their ‘niche’ in life; etc. Now, all I have to do is find the right place and contacts to fully develop these gifts!

    All this and I just turned 75 years young!! I think I’m ready for the ‘next’ phase in my life!!
    BE BLESSED!!

    • Terry Dean says:

      EXCELLENT! Sometimes people wonder if they’re too old, but they’re not. If you’re still breathing, God isn’t done with you yet! Thank you Vern! It’s inspiring to see you still moving and working for your next phase in life.

  3. Lynn Rios says:

    This is a wonderful post Terry! So many people torture themselves, agonizing over “what God would have them do” when the simple answers are right in front of them. Instead of waiting, trying to understand God’s big picture, we can start doing the little things he nudges us to do and watch in wonder what He will do with it.

    That is exactly how my blog came to be. First, He gave me a passion for ministering to young adults, and for wisdom, which naturally drew me to the book of proverbs. I journaled my study of proverbs so I could share it with young adults, and that inspired me to transform it into a website and meet them where they are, on the web. The blog was intended to draw young people to the website study, but then it took on a life of its own.

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
    Isaiah 55:8

    • Terry Dean says:

      There is a pastor I’ve listened to before that said some people he knew were waiting on God. Instead he got working on a church. Now that his church has several thousand people, and multiple outreach ministries, He says God still hasn’t told him to stop yet. So he’s going to keep going.

  4. Hi Terry,

    This is another great post, and I do so much appreciate getting them. I especially appreciated the fact the you backed up your statement with a verse that was taken entirely within its context. As you’ve probably noticed, most people do not do this and that leads into all sorts of error.

    You’re personal coaching clients are fortunate to have the benefit of your wisdom & insight.

    Cheers, Bruce

    • Terry Dean says:

      Taking verses out of context is a pet peave of mine as well Bruce. Too often we look at it as a minor thing (and mistakes do happen), but that’s also the reason so many people claim the Bible has discrepancies and that people could make it say whatever they want. The two big problems are reading what you want into it and then taking it out of context (big tip for readers – the original writing didn’t have chapters and verses and many times the context runs from one chapter to the next).

  5. Hi Terry
    Thanks for your timely post.That headline just went straight to my hearth and I wept as I continued reading.Since Tuesday I’ve been working long hours alone in quiet desperation, trying to implement a system to generate some income online before the weekend.
    So, thanks for your words of encouragement and hope that God has bid idea’s for us and as we continually seek Him and His glory He will work out His perfect plan in our lives.
    And thanks to Lynn for Isaiah 55:8.

    God’s Grace to you all!

    • Terry Dean says:

      When you’re starting online, it’s not easy. So many people out there will promote how easy it is. Some of that is deception, but part of it is also because your skills increase. For example I know a surgeon who has told my wife some surgeries are easy (no complications, they’ve done it a thousand times, etc.). Well to you or I, no surgery would be easy. But it is for them because of experience.

      It takes time to learn any new thing. So stick to it and be prepared for it to be tougher than expected.

      Notice God never promised anywhere that it would all be easy. He actually promised us trials!

  6. Orestes says:

    Hi! Terry,

    Thanks so much for sharing this great and priceless sudject. It got me really thinking and
    for sure I will seek the Lord with all my heart for the BIG IDEA as I wanna fullfil the purpose
    He has for my life.

    And to Vern wanna say that I´m very proud of you as you have enough reason to sit in the
    comfort zone and become lukewarm which the Lord hate.God has wonderful things in stock
    for you as well as to satisfy you with long life,my word.

    Wish all my brothers here a great 2012 full of blessings…and remember they are falling down
    but we are rising up!

    Love you all in the Lord!

    • Terry Dean says:

      Thank you Orestes!

      We love you too. And I appreciate your comment.

      • Vern Brown says:

        The Lord Bless you Orestes and you Terry!!
        I truly appreciate this column, as Terry and I have discussed having a Christian Business Owners forum before. We just seem to have too many other ‘things’ happening!!
        = About taking scripture out of context: Proverbs 15:2 “The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly, but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly.
        We see so much of that from ‘so-called’ experts in marketing, when in fact most are “fools”!

  7. Kathy Cunningham says:

    You are absolutely right. God does have plans for everyone. When I was 7, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor that would probably end my life, in fact the testing done back then was rather archaic to today’s standards and could have cause serious complications. That was in 1957 and the odds against me were pretty grim, but I am alive and well thanks to the grace of God. I turned my life over to His care when I was 10 but I presented it as what I could do for God–I intended to become a teacher and a missionary to serve overseas. Fast forward to 1985, I found that God had not given me the grace to teach a roomful of children(!), and my husband decided that serving God was not what he wanted to do with his life. What a trial, a single mother with some limitations, left on my own. But God had another plan for me. With some help from my family and a little assistance from the Government, I went back to school to get my degree and my nursing license.

    The last 25 years have been full of work and blessing. In spite of the difficulties, I could provide for my daughter and help her get an education. Then I moved to Florida to take care of my ailing parents. When my father died and my younger sister had a heart attack, I knew that God had put me here to assist them. The three of us are together and we have no mortgage, we are truely blessed.

    In the last 2 years, my health has been acting up and I can’t keep up with the responsibilities of full-time work outside of home, so sometimes the future looks a little scary but I have no doubt that God has something for me just waiting for the right moment. I found your blog several months ago and you can’t believe what an inspiration it h as been for me at times. I don’t know the right direction yet but I had to let you know I agree with you. Thank-you for taking a stand and reminding us that the life is tough in this world. And a really big THANK-YOU for reminding us(me) that God has overcome this world, so it isn’t over until He says it’s over.

    God says in His word that we were created to bring Him glory. So I think when we can’t see what is ahead, we can trust where He leads. His BIG IDEA will happen when we(I) can accept it.

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