Racing wasn’t just a day job for NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip. I can tell you from experience, he was wired for it.
I played golf with him once, and he nearly took off in the golf cart without me. He wanted to beat the other members in our group to the next tee. He was literally zigging and zagging all along the cart path to keep them behind us … where they belonged, apparently. After Darrell won the short chase, he looked at me and said, “Life is a race to me.”
I love the adrenaline rush of a fast car, but I’m wired a lot differently than Darrell. My life’s passion was largely borne out of the difficulty of my childhood. Like so many of us, I’ve experienced what happens when a family disintegrates. My father died an alcoholic, and my stepdad walked out on my siblings and me the day of my mother’s funeral. My passion now is to help couples build strong marriages and families.
At 18, Author Cynthia Tobias told God, “Lord, I’ll be anything you want, but I’d really like to be a writer.” Had she known then that it would take 20 years for her dream to come true, it may have been too discouraging for her to go on.
That’s why God so often keeps our path through life shrouded in mystery. All along the journey, He molds us and shapes us into the people we’re supposed to be, so he can lead us to the places we’re supposed to be.
How can you know if you’re in the right profession? Cynthia Tobias offer three tips:
- Know your strengths.
- Know your target.
- Know how God wants to use you.
If you’re having trouble addressing those three ideas in your life, join us for our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Finding Your Path in Life.”
Cynthia is with us to explain how to discover your God-given strengths and abilities, and how to use them well. Even if you’re not seeking a whole new career, there may be other things that the Lord is asking you to do that holds eternal significance.
I’d also like to extend an invitation for you to become a special partner with us through our monthly “Friends of Focus on the Family” program. When you do, I’ll send you a copy of Cynthia’s book A Woman of Strength and Purpose: Directing Your Strong Will to Improve Relationships, Expand Influence, and Honor God as a way of saying thank you for touching others with the love of Christ. To make your pledge, or for more information, visit our website or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).