Abiding Monday: Purpose
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG)
What great hope this verse gives us! Have you ever felt like your days just blended together and nothing stood out as being awesome or even remarkable? I was discussing this idea with my Sunday school friends yesterday and I heard myself saying, “Time seems to go by fast when we let life live us rather than us living purposeful lives.” (Wow, that’s deep for me!) I am a wife, mom, friend, daughter, and many other roles – but my biggest role is often forgotten: I’m a child of God. Paul tells us in these verses that we are designed with a purpose – and for a glorious life!
I think my purposes for day-to-day are pretty well laid out for me. But lately I’ve been wondering if God is calling me to fit another role. It’s still in such an ambiguous state that I can’t even express it here. But I can tell you this: I am simultaneously freaked out and glad that my significance in this life is ever-evolving as I get older. All too often I put myself in a timeline – how I think things should play out in my life – and I’m trying to stop that and allow God to speak to me the purpose he is working out for me. (As for the “feeling freaked out” part, I’m working on that. I’ve discussed battling fear with you before – I’m trying to put that into practice.)
I share this with you this week as an encouragement. December is a busy time, but I’m determined to hear God amidst everything else clamoring for my attention. Rick Warren says, “It takes foresight and planning to live our lives on purpose.” I’m bringing my specific questions to God and I am asking for His specific answers. And I am clinging to Psalm 143:10 every day: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.”
How do you live your life on purpose? In what ways has God surprised you? What are your goals for this holiday season?