Life purpose. Have you found yours?
I found my life purpose back in 1997 when I realized that the world needed pet detectives. I was a police officer at the time and I loved my job. But after having successfully trained my retired cadaver dog, Rachel, to track down lost dogs and cats, I realized God had a new plan for my life that did not involve writing speeding tickets! Soon my vision was not just to find lost pets with my dog, but I wanted instead to train other people (and their dogs) to become pet detectives. I ultimately launched an on-line course where I train pet detectives (in a 10-week course), I give seminars at animal shelters, and I even offer an abbreviated (6-week) course for cat and dog rescue volunteers. But as much as I love training, I love inspiring others!
That brings me to talking about being a fire starter. Being a fire starter means that you ignite something in others. But to do this, you must be willing to take risks. You must be willing to go against the grain, paint outside of the lines, plow new ground, be laughed at and mocked, encounter naysayers and deal with jealous enemies, break the rules (without breaking the law), follow your passion while respecting others, live life to the fullest, and be willing to be used to ignite hope and speak life to others. Being a fire starter for God means that you surrender your life to Him, believe His Word, and trust that He will guide you and provide for you, especially when the going gets tough. The picture above is a prophetic snap shot of what God showed me He wants to do through me. He wants to use my passion for helping people and animals to be ignited in the hearts of others.
For so many years I’ve walked with God and yet I left Him out of my writing. I knew that I was writing to an audience that loves animals and did not necessarily believe in God. I guess I didn’t want to “offend” anyone. If you look at my blog you’ll notice that I’ve only blogged once in the past year. That’s because I just couldn’t figure out how to blog without God when He is so central to my life. So although I will continue to blog about animal stories, I will also blog about God-related things. And I won’t try to be politically correct and NOT say the name Jesus. There, I said it. Jesus…Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! After all, He is my all in all and leaving Him out of my stories would be, well, like trying to light a fire without a match! In addition to animal stories and God stories, my blog will also include stories about young adults. That’s because God has called my husband Johnny and I to start a ministry that will inspire teens and young adults to start thinking of their own life purpose.
Life involves a series of choices. I’ve decided that I will no longer leave God out of my blog.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days.” Deuteronomy 30:19
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