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The Rev. Ellin M. Dize: Know what you want and walk that path

Do you really know what you want? The secret to a fulfilled life is to know what you want and walk that path. We are all good at something, and that something is what we need to be doing.

As a pastor, similar patterns emerged when consoling people. A troubled person would come to me for solace and answers. When I would ask them, "What is the one thing for which I can pray to God for you?" They would have a hard time coming up with an exact problem. They really did not know what they wanted, but they knew what they did not want. There is a modern trend in thinking that states: You will get what you focus on. So if you focus on the misery you are experiencing, you will get more misery. Jesus explained it this way: "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20 NIV). So don't focus on the negative … unless you want more negative.

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To have faith that your prayer will be answered, you must know what you want to happen, what problem you want solved. When you know, when you are sure, then God will pass many supposedly supernatural things on to you. You will hear a message on the radio while driving you car. You will meet a person who will introduce you directly to the person who will publish your book. You will find yourself in a location where you can exhibit the skills, abilities and talents you have which will result in landing the job you've always wanted.

Just recently I heard a statement, "Heaven is getting what you want." If you want heaven here on Earth, decide what you really, really, really (did I say really?) want. Then go for it! If your life is not heavenly, then you're living a scattered, unfocused life.

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In a Community College of Baltimore County class on social media, Ruth, the gal seated next to me, admired my leather handbag. I proudly told her my son, Rodney, made it for me as a teenager. She remarked on how talented he is, that the bag was artistic, and that it took much skill to make it. The comment struck me like a deer in headlights. I rationalized, "My son would probably be happiest if he had made his hobby his profession."

As a business consultant, I've counseled entrepreneurs who did transform hobbies into professions. I suggested they hire an office manager, however, because their innate hobby skills did not mesh with business skills needed. Most of us cannot do it all. Businesses have mission statements keeping entrepreneurs on track to accomplish what they really want. Jesus gave us a mission statement in the book of Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV): "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." This Christmas season, let's focus on being what Jesus taught, then we'll truly have "peace in the world."

The Rev. Ellin M. Dize is executive director of nonprofit NRS Inc. and facilitates A Course in Miracles spiritual discussion group at St. Paul's UCC. She can be contacted at NRSsolutions@yahoo.com.

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