Part of our goal as Christian leaders is to gain a deeper understanding of our spiritual care and connect that with our purpose in ministry.
I find Merton’s thoughts on this topic of finding God’s will (or purpose) to be very moving when he writes, “My chief care should not be to find pleasure or success, heath or life or money or rest or even things like virtue and wisdom—still less their opposites, pain, failure, sickness, death. But in all that happens, my one desire and my one joy should be to know: ‘Here is the thing that God has willed for me’” (p. 39). How great that must be to know that “one thing” that God has willed for us!
In my young career I feel that God has “willed” for me to be someone who writes and teaches in order to develop leaders of everyday men and women. That might change over time, but at this time based on what I have heard God tell me, I think that is His will for me life. However, I did not come to that conclusion quickly. It has taken me years of prayer, thinking, and insight from others to help me land there. But like Merton, I agree that my desire and one joy should be to know (and actively do) the one thing God has willed for me.
Question: How do you know God's will for your life?