Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about a question that many of us ask ourselves every day…
“What is God’s Purpose for my life?”
This thought has crossed my mind many times, but not just for myself, for you and all my fellow Christ followers. What is God’s purpose for my life? Maybe the question could better be asked as this…”How can I live more purposefully for God?” Recently I’ve realized that waiting to figure out God’s purpose for me may not be the way He wants me live. I believe He wants us to live with purpose every day.
Recently I’ve started wondering if waiting to figure out God’s purpose for my life may not be the way God actually wants me live. I believe He wants us to live with purpose every day, and he will use us for his purpose in his timing.
So how do I live with purpose?
Whether you a are a follower of Christ or not, God still created you. Therefore, your life has a purpose. I sometimes remind myself this when I feel like I’m not doing enough. I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m not good enough when it comes to being the person I want to be for God. I look at my friends and I think about how great they are at certain things. All my closest friends are extremely hard workers, and I greatly respect that quality them. I think that’s one reason why I may have wanted to befriend them in the first place…because I want to be a hard worker. You see, my personality is the type that wants to do anything but what I should be doing. Luckily, I have jobs and commitments that force me to get up and work. If my body got to choose, it would lay in bed and watch “Murder She Wrote”, “Diagnosis Murder” “Sherlock Holmes”, or some other murder mystery show I used to watch with my mom when I was younger, all day. But even though my body wants to lay in bed watching old mysteries, deep down I know my heart and mind want to do more.
I believe God created us to crave having a purpose, and consequently, he created us to need to work towards something. If we want to be used for God’s purpose, we also have to be willing to work for that purpose. But this is where I’m going to flip the script a little.
I’m not saying work harder. Be better. Etc. If I were, I would need to put a mirror in front of my computer screen and say, “Right back at you Helen.” No, neither of us needs someone to tell us to be better, we already know that deep down. And the last thing I want is for either of us to feel scolded. Instead, I want to encourage you to take baby steps every day towards living with purpose. Let me share with you what I tell myself when I start feeling like I’m not good enough and start going down the dark tunnel of questioning “my purpose”.
Have an intent for your day.
Yes, that simple. In order to start living with purpose, we have to start living each day with intention. Now, that intent doesn’t have to be crazy. It doesn’t mean you have to change 10 different things about your walk with Christ and be the perfect version of yourself by next Sunday. I’m the worst about that. While I’m at church I start thinking of all the was I want to be better in my walk with Christ…so I’ll make a huge to-do list for the week that looks something like this:
- Wake up at 5 am for an hour quiet time – [never happens]
- Run at 6 am for an hour – [also hasn’t happened in a long time]
- Eat healthy lunches (to be better with my finances and treat the body God gave me correctly) – [typically ends by Wednesday]
You may have the same list written somewhere. A list that often ends by the next day because we’re trying to change everything in one sitting. I finally realized this was never working, and I was just getting down on myself because I was never living up to my list. And that’s because I was setting myself up for failure.
So instead of getting down on yourself this week, try this…Define one intention for your relationship with God for the week. And love yourself enough to be ok with slowly improving your relationship with God. What I’ve found is as my relationship with God improves, so do all the other areas of my life as well. By growing closer to God you’ll start seeing the changes within yourself that you’ve been wanting to see. You’ll start wanting to eat better, not for looks, but to take care of the body God blessed you with. You’ll start desiring to spend more time with Him in order to find your purpose within His words.
Start seeing your life as a project.
Maybe try to see life as a growing and learning process that won’t be perfected until we’re with the only perfect One in existence. Therefore, we can rest easy know that we’re never going to be perfect. So instead of living with the expectation that you, your marriage, your dating life, your kids, your career – or whatever – you can let go of that expectation, and instead know that God uses imperfect people for His purpose.
So while we may not know God’s exact purpose for our lives in the present moment, we can live with purpose by bettering ourselves for God every day.
So live purposefully and with intent. Accept taking baby steps, and eventually, you’ll look back and see how far God’s actually brought you. And you’ll be proud of the person you’ve become. I believe it’s important for us to remember so we never forget how far God’s brought us. So whether you’ve been going down your walk with Christ for a while, or you just started your walk today, Praise God! I suggest writing down your prayers, and all the amazing things you’re going to learn. Be so excited for the journey ahead! It’s truly a journey.
Praying for you as always.
Love in Christ,