Becoming Who You Were Meant to Be

My high school rock band, Cleared Out, right before our first ever live show in the 90s. I’m on the far right.

My high school rock band, Cleared Out, right before our first ever live show in the 90s. I’m on the far right.

When I was child, I wanted to be a pro wrestler. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a rock star. As an adult, I wanted to be a professional poker player. All of those dreams were created before I knew Christ as Lord and consulted God about His plans and purpose for my life.

A few months after becoming a Christian at twenty-nine years old, I learned that God had a specific idea for what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I had always thought that there was something more to my identity than the paths I had tried to walk on my own. I was very excited to find out who and why God made me the way He did. So, I embarked on a quest to find and become the John Simmons God wanted me to be.

I decided to chase after God’s plans for myself for two main reasons:

1) Learning I was special to God was liberating.

In my old life, I was a fledging wannabe rock star who saw musicians in my circle of friends go on to become famous while I sat on the sidelines dreaming about it. After I became a professional problem gambler, I made so many bad choices that people would beg me to stop what I was doing, call me a loser or make me feel like my life was unimportant. When I realized God loved me and had a plan for me in spite of those unrealized dreams or costly mistakes it freed me from the shackles of worrying about what others thought about me.

2) Learning I needed to ask God for my plans was motivating.

When I was shown that finding God’s plan required some effort on my part I became motivated at a visceral level. I always had this feeling growing up that there was something more for my life that I was missing. When I was taught some of the steps I needed to take to find God’s plans it was like being handed a map to my life. I was motivated to follow the map wherever it took me to find the part of myself I felt like I was missing.

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Ephesians 2:10 says that you were created and designed by God to do good through Christ.  Therefore, you have been given a purpose that will do good things (not bad) and can only be found through Christ. Every desire I had before Christ served my own motivations and none of them were to do good for others. When I found God’s plan —which was to launch a ministry and share Christ with others, I realized my dreams had been going unfulfilled because they were so far off from my designed purpose. Living out God’s purpose and becoming the New John Simmons has filled my life with joy and a fulfillment in life I never experienced before Christ.

Walking in my Designed Purpose

Today, if the dreams of your life have never matched up to the results you expected or you feel like you have made mistakes in your life choices, maybe you consider asking God to reveal what purpose He designed you for. This could be the day you open a door to find God’s plan for joy and fulfillment in your life.

When I started asking God, all I prayed was, “God show me what you want me to do with my life.” It was a simple prayer, but I had an expectation of an answer and a hunger to keep asking until I got what I needed.  Like a hungry child who cries until they are fed, I wanted God to know I was hungry.

Are you hungry enough to find your purpose that you will believe and pray for God to show it to you?  Are you ready to become the new you?

Would you like to share what God is doing through you or follow John’s Journey?

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