Destiny Words on the Chinese New Year
“Be exalted above the heavens, O God; over all the earth be your glory!”
“Listen carefully: Your family of origin does not know how to get you to your North Star. They didn’t when you were little, they don’t now, and they never will. … People whose families were accepting and supportive have to face the fact the familial love can’t take them all the way towards their right lives.” - Martha Beck
Anatomy of Destiny Words
“What is important is not how much we would do for God, but how much God does through us.” –Anonymous
That is the quote contained in the fortune cookie I opened some four years ago. The exact meaning somehow escapes me but I suspect it has its own undercurrent. It seems like the first part has to do with our willingness. The second part is its minor significance in contrast to what God actually does through us.
The only thing I could deduce from that is that somehow there are mysteries in our life such as our limitations not being obstacles to God’s power, that God will accomplish through us feats beyond our abilities to make happen.
I really haven’t given much thought to that quote, but it does now seem more enigmatic than I first came to read it. Looking back on the events in my life, I have the feeling it does have to do with my destiny as with most fortune cookie quotes are supposed to be.
One thing I know is that God has worked so many beautiful wonders in my life, despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that I have to grapple with.
Bible Verses as Destiny Words
It is possibly because it is the Chinese New Year that I got to think of taking out my fortune cookie quote from my wallet. But there is a richer source of destiny words from verses in the Bible.
What I would consider a good destiny verse would be one that reflects your strengths and weaknesses in tandem with the statement of your life direction.
A favorite of mine from about two decades ago would be:
“Be exalted above the heavens, O God; over all the earth be your glory!” -Psalm 108:6 (New American Bible, 1971)
Although it does not seem to have a strong appeal on the literal level, it does provide a good metaphor for my life and direction.
Other Possible Destiny Verses
1. And let them know that this is your hand;
That you, O Lord, have done this. –Psalm 109:27
2. Yours in princely power in the day of your birth,
in holy splendor; before the daystar,
like the dew, I have begotten you. – Psalm 110:3
3. Happy the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
He dawns through the darkness,
a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just. –Psalm 112:1-4
4. The Lord keeps the little ones; -Psalm 116:6
5. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. –Psalm 118:8-9
6. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
And your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
And the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer,
You shall cry for help, and he will say:
Here I am!
If you remove from your midst oppression,
False accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
And the gloom shall become for
You like midday;
Then the Lord will guide you always
And give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
Ad you shall be like a watered garden,
Like a spring whose water never fails. –Psalm 58:8-11
7. I give you my assurance,
Whatever you ask the Father,
He will give you in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you shall receive,
That your joy may be full. –John 16:23:24
8. But if I washed your feet---
I who am Teacher and Lord---
Then you must wash each other’s feet. – John 13:14
9. I solemnly assure you,
The man who has faith in me
Will do the works I do,
And greater far than these. –John 14:12
10. I came
That they may have life
And have it to the full. –John 10:10
The Paradox of Effort and Destiny
The only thing that I can say from my experience is that our talent or passion is related to what we are destined for and finding a way to exercise our passion is the best way to align ourselves with our destiny.
Notice that when we are in the act of performing something we are passionate about, it does not feel like work at all. Although it may keep us busy, it actually feels like play, more like fun than work. Things that are needed to succeed seem to effortlessly come along as well.
The trick then would be to find out what we are truly passionate about. There have been many written works in this area; I leave the reader to decide which among the available literature would be most suitable for one.
Destiny Words and Persistence
After having found your passion and the opportunity to pursue it, it usually is the case that life is not all about bright times, when things are looking up. During the dry spells, we just need to keep going, in trust that the next adventure is right around the bend. And while waiting, we need to hold on to that destiny word or verse, to keep going, using our destiny verse as our guiding light. So, if you haven’t found one yet, it may be well worth your while searching for one to mark the beginning of your spiritual quest.
What is your favorite Bible verse? That could very well be the destiny verse you are looking for.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
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