Most of us want to feel like we’re doing something worthwhile, like we’re contributing. Like we have a purpose. Yet some of us don’t know what that looks like, or how to go about putting it into action. I understand that. Keep in mind that in certain seasons of our lives, our purpose may not feel significant, and our daily life may seem like a continuous cycle of the same ol’, same ol’, but…
Every moment matters. I don’t write that to add to the heaviness you already feel, but to encourage you. Really. Nothing is a waste; God is big enough, and more than capable to take and use you and your strengths, gifts and talents in ways that will gratify you, the world, and Himself. And believe me, He intends to. What you need to understand is that sometimes there are seasons of learning, of waiting, and growing, but it doesn’t have to be discouraging. It comes down to this: do you trust that the God of the universe, who created you with excruciating detail and love, is able – and willing – to do what He intended for you, and instilled within you to desire and accomplish?
Your answer to that question can reveal quite a bit in regard to the stage you are in, but don’t make the mistake of thinking there is a formula to figure Him out with either. I’m not advocating that at all. But what I do advocate is what is obvious about His character, His motives, and His abilities. We know that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever; He does not change. (Hebrews 13:8) So, in looking at His track record throughout the Old & New Testaments we can see stories upon stories of His rescue and purpose for His people, validating them, blessing them, and protecting them despite their weaknesses, mistakes, downright rudeness to Him, and over-all undeservedness. (I’m not even sure that’s a real word) The one thing that we see woven through all the lives of those He loved and used for great things, (Abraham, Joseph, David… to name just a few) was their faith that He was indeed God, that He was indeed good, and that He was indeed able to change their lives for the better. In times of great need, dire circumstances, and threatening scenarios, the people who made the most difference are the ones who clung to the belief that God was bigger than what they could see, and who could and would do great things. It wasn’t about their abilities, it was about their belief in this God who shows up. Who cares. Who is worth knowing and loving. It was about the state of their heart.
The over-riding message is always about the state of our hearts. Jesus spoke about this numerous times. It doesn’t matter where we’ve been, where we are, or where it looks like we’re heading. What we’ve done, what we haven’t done. What the atmosphere around us feels like. None of it dictates to God. What He looks at, what He cares about, is what we think of HIM.
And that, dear one, is where the journey begins. That is your purpose. Everything you do will be translated, alliterated, illustrated and everything in-between from that single thing: your heart.
So, spend some time with Him. It looks different to each of us, but find ways you can be immersed in His presence. Look for Him, soak in Him. Be loved by Him. As you learn to love and trust Him, you will inevitably also be led by Him. You will see changes take place that cannot be explained except by His hand.
It’s true. You have a purpose. Go at it His way, and you will find yourself filled to over-flowing.