Are you struggling to find supportive relationships on your path of purpose? Do you need encouragement to help you move forward in your calling? Do you need someone to help you grow toward your purpose?
Maybe you know your family and friends care about you, but you still find you aren’t getting the support you desire to help with your purpose. Perhaps sometimes someone you know seems like the ideal person to support you in your next steps, but they don’t seem willing. Or no matter how much you try to explain what’s on your heart, some of your loved ones don’t really understand why you’re trying to take this path.
Most people do have a heart to be there for others, but they can tend to get distracted or overwhelmed by what’s going on in their own lives and struggle to also focus outwardly. We usually don’t know everything that someone is going through, so we don’t want to judge another because they aren’t meeting our needs.
God Made Us for Supportive Relationships
You will have various needs for supportive relationships to fill as you discover and walk in what God is calling you to do. And it can be discouraging when you can’t seem to find someone to meet a specific need. However, if you keep in mind that God is the one who has called you, then you can focus on trusting Him to lead you to or bring into your life the right people at the right time to be of help to you.
If you always try to go it alone, you will find it more difficult to overcome self-defeating thinking when it occurs. Having people around you to speak truth into your life will help you to continue on your path with hope.
When you are in need of the insights and experience of someone who has gone before you, it’s important to be able to identify someone who can provide the wisdom and warnings to move forward more effectively. And there are so many other ways the importance of supportive relationships shows up in our lives.
God knew the benefits of supportive relationships. God made us to be in community. He has given each individual their own special abilities, gifts and passions so that they can not only reach their own goals, but also so they can share their blessings with other members of the body so that “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV)
In my video I explain the 5 types of supportive relationships that you need while you are pursuing your purpose.
When you find that needs in life or on your path of purpose are not being met, it’s so very important to get clear about what it is that will help you and to be intentional to seek out the type of support to help you be encouraged or equipped.
And don’t underestimate the power of God to open doors and put you in the lives of people who hold the exact personality and abilities to help you on your journey. Pray for God’s guidance while you also take action to get involved in places where you can get to know and learn from other people.
And even if you don’t yet have the person in your life that you need, while you wait, don’t forget that even as you seek others’ help, you should also take the initiative to be available and even seek out opportunities to serve others since “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)
Sometimes as you start to serve others, you might be pleasantly surprised to find the one you are helping may be able to help you, or you may meet others along the way who can be a blessing in your life.
- What role do you most need someone else to play in your life right now that would help you to grow toward or walk further in your purpose?
- What natural abilities or spiritual gifts do you have that you can freely share to support others as God leads?
If you need supportive relationships as you find clarity and confidence on your path of purpose, I invite you to become a part of the Christian Woman Life Purpose Community Facebook group. I welcome you to join or find out more here so that you don’t have to go it alone in life or as you pursue your calling.