It’s your life moments that inspire you to where God leads you, to fulfill the purpose he has for your life.
Moreover, those moments at times breed revelation that moves us to take action.
For better or for worse.
One early life moment for me was age 13, when I asked my mother if I had to continue to go to Sunday school classes.
She replied; “Honey, I am going to let you decide that one.”
Bad moment revealed.
I decided not to go anymore.
Fast forward 11 years, one evening driving on highway 81 in Maryland; known as the “dark highway” at the time for not being well lit.
Long day at the radio station.
Attended a concert in the D.C. area.
Was on the ninety minute drive back home when all of sudden.
Eyes wide open, I found myself nearly driving off a bridge as the right side of my car connected with the thin rail of the old bridge that stood high upon a river on highway 81.
Little old invincible me thought he could pull off a 20 hour day and a 3 hour round trip drive with no problems.
I was wrong and as lost as I was at the time, God wanted my attention.
Inspired I was with the new lease on life God had granted me.
Moments Occur During Your Life Stages
I read an article not long ago covering the 12 stages of life.
The piece is based on the book, The Human Odyssey, written by Thomas Armstrong PHD.
The first 6 stages covered are from pre-birth up until age 11.
Up next are your passion filled years during your adolescent stage, age 12 through 20.
Furthermore, your passions are a precursor to your enterprise years, age 20-35, where your early close circle of friends and your accomplishments in life begin to take hold.
You are now between the ages of 36 and 50 and you have had a fairly good run.
Yet, something is missing, and you find yourself in deep thought more often.
These are your mid-life years where contemplation takes center stage.
What does this all mean and why am I here?
You want answers!
What is my purpose?
If you are rightly focused, you have found your meaning for living and now you have entered your years of benevolence.
Those years between the age of 50 and 80 where your focus is now on helping others.
Moreover, as you get closer to age 70, you find yourself thinking more about others.
Reminds me of a joke a pastor friend of mine once told the congregation about the stages of life.
He said, “Life happens quickly.
You are born, grow up, get a job, maybe get married, have kids.
Then you become a grandparent, you are over the age of 70 and you are a male.
Your 72nd birthday has arrived and Brother, YOU ARE LIVIN’ ON BORROWED TIME.”
Ahh, laughter, good for the soul.
If you make it to age 80, You have reached the life stage of wisdom.
You understand your purpose and no question is too hard for you to answer.
Which is a perfect transition to what happens next, to all of us.
We experience what is known as the first death.
And THAT is the good news if you BELIEVE THIS.
The Son of Man died so that you can live forever!
Early Life Moments
Your parents, role models, home environment, friendships and acquaintances all can play a role in shaping who you will become.
Remember that I “can” and not the word definitely in the sentence above.
Childhood adversity is a real thing and it’s important to know that you can overcome it.
Because others who came before you overcame the adversity they experienced at an early age.
Your early years don’t need to dictate your later years.
For example, the story of a young boy known for his consistent bad behavior and for often times getting into trouble comes to mind.
Poor grades and troubles aside as a young boy he became fascinated with militarism and eventually he joined the Royal Cavalry.
He later went onto become one of the 40 most influential people in the history of the world.
In World War II he rallied his country and the armed forces in leading them to victory in the defeat of the German Third Reich.
Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.
His journey did not happen in one day.
It was his life moments that inspired him to act and it was God leading him to fulfill the purpose he was created for.
What moments have inspired you to act?
Moments That Transform You
Sometimes, in life we realize transformational moments long after they have happened.
While in my 30’s, Jesus was not foremost in my life.
Meaning I put self-first.
One day while visiting with my earthly father, I was surprised to see him reading The Holy Bible.
Moreover, I wanted to know when this began because I never knew him to be a Believer in Christ.
One month later my father died from a heart attack.
Five years later I gave my life to Jesus Christ.
That afternoon with my late father was a transformational moment.
Jesus saved my life and the life of another.
After seeing how Jesus impacted the way I live, my brother was called to Christ a few years later.
He now knows his God-given life purpose.
Though hindsight is 20/20, not all transformational moments are recognized in the rear-view mirror.
The Apostle Paul had the moment of all moments when he came face to face with Jesus Christ himself on the road to Damascus.
“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
In closing, while it is important to recognize the role that people, environment and experiences play in your development.
Equally important is to know that your beliefs and how they shape you define who you are.
Your inspiring life moments will lead you to where God intends you to go.
To fulfill your life purpose.
Let’s take this journey together each week as you will find new Christian Blogs here each and every week designed especially for you to help with your walk through this life.
Psalm 102:18; “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”
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