Destiny: Defined and Described

Updated on July 22, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Many people live their entire lives giving no thought to their destiny. They neglect to see that their destiny is connected to everything they think, feel and do. Once they embrace their destiny, they will understand how their lives line up with God's plan for their lives.

On the other hand, there are people who are obsessed with their destiny and what will happen in the future that they fail to enjoy the present.

When people fully understand their destiny, they will find it easy to see the balance between their present and their future.

Destiny: Defined

There are many ways to define and describe the word "destiny." Wikipedia defines destiny as "a predetermined course of events." It may be understood as a predetermined future. That's a start toward understanding one's destiny. However, there is more information about destiny than that.

Most dictionaries define destiny as all the events that will happen to a particular person or thing in the future. In other words, destiny is the pre-ordained path of your life whether you embrace it or not.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Everyone Has a Destiny

One of the first things to consider is that everyone has a destiny. Every person is born with a purpose. That is something he is destined to do. He will never be fully satisfied until he does it.

Everyone who is living and breathing on this earth has a destiny. A destiny is not inherited or something you can buy. So, don't ever think only wealthy people have a destiny. Don't think when a person gets old, he no longer has a destiny. As long as a person lives and breathes, he has a destiny.

We come into this world with the basic tools we need to fulfill our destiny. God is such an awesome God that He gave us the right personality, certain talents, strengths and gifts that are uniquely ours.

Then God places opportunities in our path to help us live purposefully.

Your Destiny is Older Than You Are

Your destiny didn't just start yesterday. According to Jeremiah 1:5, your destiny was established BEFORE God formed you in the womb. That means your destiny is older than you are.

Your destiny wasn't planned overnight, and it will not be fulfilled overnight. Your destiny will happen over a lifetime. Nobody's destiny is microwavable. There is no quick way to start and finish one's destiny while on this earth.

Think of your destiny like that line on the monitor in the hospital. As long as there is movement, your destiny is still intact. If there is a flat line without any movement, then your destiny on this earth is complete.

Your destiny is your life’s journey.

General and Particular Destinies

Some people say they don't know what their destiny is. There are general destinies that all people have. Then there are different destinies based on the specific assignment we were born to do.

General Destinies

Everyone has the same destiny that can be likened to the Golden Rule. Everyone has to help God's kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

Particular Destinies

God gave us different ways to fulfill our destiny based on our individual gifts and talents. Opportunities gravitate toward us when we work toward our own destiny.

Therefore, if everyone would do what everyone was destined to do, then God's plans for us and our destiny would coincide. Fulfilling our own destiny means we are fulfilling God's purpose for our lives.

You Can't Live Out Other People's Destiny

You might look at others and admire the way they live. You might want to have the same destiny they have. However, everyone has his own destiny, and it would be a bad mistake to try to take over someone else' destiny.

That's why there are so many sick, depressed, or stressed out people among us. They are not providing nutrition and nourishment to their own destiny because they are too busy trying to feed into somebody else's destiny for which they are not equipped.

Our longings will NEVER be satisfied until we work toward fulfilling our own destiny.

I write today because I was destined to write. I am an ordained minister because I was destined to be one.
I write today because I was destined to write. I am an ordained minister because I was destined to be one.

Clues Surrounding Your Destiny

If you are still not convinced that you have a destiny, here are some clues to help you determine what your destiny is.

  • Your high school yearbook will show you what your peers thought about you. After all, you spent many years with them. They have been witnesses to the things you can and cannot do based on your talents. Find your high school year book and read the positive comments your classmates said about you.
  • Look at family photos of you when you were growing up. Were you always playing with a toy telephone or banging on pot and pans with kitchen utensils. Those things could provide clues to what you would become when you grew up.
  • This is going to sound strange, but what gift do you have that people are jealous of? Joseph in the Bible had brothers who were jealous of his gift of interpreting dreams. His dreams led him to become second in command of Egypt. That put him in the position to save his entire family. (Genesis 37-50)

Do you know what your destiny is?

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