By Lana Moline
You’ve got to dig deep to reach authenticity of life. Without it, we can get stuck in the cycle of doing the same thing night after night to the point where change won’t even seem necessary. As a writer, I make sure that I reach for personal truth and holistic honesty. Everything I write means something specific to me and deposits into the vault of destiny. It’s like when I watch my son play basketball. I see his heart and his willingness to map it out in his mind even before he gets the ball himself and especially as he guards other players. It’s that level of intention that makes him a great player. It’s also something that I genuinely admire and hope to convey with each article or post I write. It’s not an easy task to share openly or aim for transparency but I do so in hopes that someone is reached, a mind is enlightened or maybe that someone’s life is changed.
I had a conversation with a very smart young man recently and I asked him what he wanted to accomplish in life. I asked that question because it was clear to me that he has quite a few options. Although he told me about school and specific academic disciplines, that’s not the answer I was looking for. At 20, he had the intellect and capacity to compare 2 different fields of medicine in detail and clearly articulate the merits of both. That touched my heart simply because his passion shined through. The more he shared, the answer to my question became obvious. He wants to solve a problem and judging from the research that he had already done, his success is imminent.
After that conversation, I started thinking about the fact my desire has always been to encourage others to think and offer their best. So much so until for a while in college my major was psychology with a track to grad school and then medical school but there was one problem with that. I don’t really find science extremely fascinating. I think the people who do are brilliant. But when I thought about my motivation to go down that road, it was simply because I desired to encourage others. You see, there are many things that we can all choose to do but there is always only one true passion. When we understand what that passion is, then it will shape every single decision we make and interaction we have. If anyone were to look at my resume they would see that I’ve taught school, written for a couple of publications, facilitated workshops and trained all of which have the same common thread – people. Simply put, I love people and I genuinely believe that I am my brother’s keeper. So sharing with others comes from the exciting way our Heavenly Father blessed me to receive knowledge based on the way He wired me. The knowledge doesn’t just bless one life and one mind and one soul. It multiplies over and over again. So the stories that I share and the lessons that I learn are able to be used again and again and again. Truth is, I have no idea how far my words go but it is always my sincere prayer that it will bless. I pray over this blog as well as the other sites that I am blessed to contribute to. I pray that God will minister to the hearts of my readers just as He continuously ministers to mine.
So right now wherever you are, I want to take a moment to encourage you to listen to your heart’s true desire and think about how God has orchestrated your steps thus far. Count it all joy because God is faithful to finish what He has started in you. Listen to your heart, God is there filling it with His never-ending love. Allow Him to use every aspect of your life and then stand in amazement as you are transformed into all that He created you to be.
Lana Moline is an integral part of the Blackloveandmarriage.com writing team, freelance writer and poet who lives in Ft. Worth with her three kids and husband Emile. Married 11 years, both media professionals have vowed to maintain integrity in all aspects of print and broadcast journalism.Visit her atLana Moline Speaks.