1) When I am laying hands on and praying for another's emotional and spiritual healing
2) When I am sharing God's comfort with a grieving soul
3) When the Holy Spirit speaks to my heart through Scripture
4) When I'm writing about God's grace and glory
The Spirit had long ago given me specific Scriptures to hold close to my heart as a kind of guideline for my life. They are Romans 12:15 - Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn and Revelation 21:5 - He who was seated on the throne said, "Behold I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true." Combining my list and life Scriptures, I was able to form an overall life's goal, a mission statement if you will: I want to be an encourager, to walk alongside those who mourn, and be an instrument of emotional and spiritual healing through prayer, deed, and the written word.
If everything I do in life is guided by this simple statement, God is glorified and I am living true to the specific purpose for which God created me. Batterson also states in The Circle Maker that we should have a definition of success to guide us further in reaching our God-given and God-glorifying goals. In other words, what will our lives look like if we are successful in living out our life's goal? Using the author's personal example, I thought about what I would do, how other would be affected, and how my heart's desire would be met if in fact God blessed me with success. Here's what I came up with:
1) I am acting and reacting as an extension of God's heart of mercy.
2) I am encouraging others toward intimacy with God and giving comfort.
3) My desire that others would see God in me and love me in him would be satisfied.