I spend a lot of time behind the wheel and I have found there are two types of people out there, those who use a turn signal and those who do not. And for a while it baffled me on why, when I was driving, was my focus on others and whether or not they used their blinkers or not. I found myself thanking those who used their blinkers to make myself and other drivers aware of their intentions. And I found myself cursing those who did not. I found myself wondering which type of driver was I. Why was this so important?
I look back to my life and I remember my ninth grade guidance counselor asking me about what path or career I wanted to head in. I was fourteen and had no idea what I wanted to be or what direction I wanted to head in. I just wanted to be loved and accepted and to have fun along the way. This led me down a path of partying, addictions and alcoholism. I had no purpose. At the time if I was a driver, I was cruising down the road of life with no turn signals. And I would love you say that that car made it here today unscathed, but that is not the case. I have experienced heart breaks, hurt the ones I loved, job losses, jail time, and have even walked away from driving my car into a tree at 120 mph. I wish now at fourteen, I was made more aware that a life without purpose or intention would only end in hurt and pain.
I had been living a very selfish life. My intentions for living each day were self-centered and it revolved around me and what would make me feel good. That path, if I continued down it, would only end in more heartache, pain, and death. I needed a change. I needed another purpose outside of working to fund my misery. The Bible says:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
I had to come to an understanding that I had a purpose in life. That this purpose was not mine and that I had to learn how to step into this purpose. I came to understand that I was not alone. That others have experienced the thoughts and feeling in life I had. I came to an understanding that there were hundreds of thousands of people who had driven through life with no destination and, that they too, did not use their turn signals. But these people learned to use their signals. They had goals, they had direction, and they lived each day with intentions of helping another people. These people used their turn signals and, as I watched, they made the road of life a better, safer place. These people made me feel special, loved me and gave me a feeling that I belonged. And they told me I did not have to live the way I used to live. They gave me hope.
And now, I have an opportunity each day to use my turn signals or not. I have an opportunity to share with another person my intentions in life, even daily, so that they can help and hold me accountable. I have an opportunity to show others what it is like having a goal or destination. And by letting others around me know which way I am turning, I can stay on track. I can be the light, even in the darkest of places.
Its been over a year since I have written. And I fail almost daily, but that does not change the words in the book stating that I am a special possession to God. I thank you for taking the time to read these words and hope that you can take the time to find selfless purpose daily. And I hope that you can share that purpose with others around you. And by doing so, learn to drive using your turn signals. I know that you will be blessed by doing as well as blessing the lives of others. Like and share and leave a comment about how having purpose has changed your life and the lives of others. I love you all! God Bless and use your blinkers!
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