My life of significance began when I allowed my heart to be open to the guiding and directing power of the Holy Spirit. Even though I have spent all of my adult life considering myself a spirit filled child of God I did not always follow God's guidance and direction. This obviously resulted in many delayed blessings but it also resulted in years of unnecessary pain, disappointment and setbacks.
God has a marvelous plan for our lives if we learn how to walk in obedience, adhere to His commandants and realize that we alone are accountable for fulfillment of the purpose that God has placed upon our lives. I learned this the hard way. It was not until my heart was open to HIS guidance and HIS direction that I found that God had blessed me with a voice (not a singing voice but a voice) that HE desired for me to use to help fill the earth with His glory. It was at that point that I began to use His/my voice for good and not evil. It was at that point that I began to use His/my voice to build up and not tear down. It was at that point that I began to use His/my voice as a tool to evangelize, educate and empower my family and immediate sphere of influence to become all that God created them to be. My newness in God required me to use His gifting in my life with a newness of expression, a newness of zeal and a newness of commitment. As a gifted communicator in the Kingdom, God's word provoked a sense of urgency in me to communicate biblical truths in such a manner that people whom I come in connect with not only learn, but are inspired to live to their fullest potential through God-ordained purpose.
I did not find true success in my life until I took ownership of the call. It took a tremendous amount of courage, managing opposition with character and engendering faith through principled conduct while standing firm on God’s word. As a result, God has provided many opportunities for me to communicate His truths both in and outside the Body of Christ. Whether one on one, in a classroom or group setting, on a school/college campus or in a community workshop I continually find myself with opportunities to be the touch that encourages others to live a life of purpose in accordance with their original life design.
The message God brings and I deliver is not always a message that people want to hear, but I have learned through the examples of Godly men and women in my life that God has not called us to skirt issues and make people feel comfortable in the error of their ways. God desires to use us as a conduit in His communication system to draw from His Word and challenge people to discover biblical solutions for bringing their lives in alignment with His original plan for Kingdom citizens.
I am honored that God saw fit to mold me into a woman of example whose life exemplifies the epitome of Kingdom life on earth as it is in heaven... a life of divine positioning for joy, peace, abundance and love. After years of drinking freely of the inferior, walking in disobedience and embracing societal norms established through worldly systems, the Father has permitted me to partake of the good wine that he has kept back for me until now. ["Everyone else serves his best wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then he serves that which is not so good; but you have kept back the good wine until now!" (John 2: 8-10:10 in context)]
At the end of the day, let it be known that my life of success and significance is grounded in an authentic relationship with God through His son, Jesus the Christ. Following God's plan for my life has caused me to lead through my life and give audible voice to God's written word by teaching the same Gospel that Jesus taught. My well defined life assignment drives my passion to leave a legacy of inspiration where people are reminded of the abundant life God desires for them in a culture that reflects The Kingdom of God.
Toni E. Emehel
Reflecting both wisdom and grace Toni's passion for being the earthen touch that God uses to help others fulfill His purposes is contagious!
"Fulling your life's purpose is a mathematical equation."
TIME + GOD OPPORTUNITY = PURPOSE