Purpose

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)

Some days it’s just hard. It’s so tough to remember that we are here to do more than work, pay bills, shuttle kids, walk dogs, and do (endless amounts of) laundry. Some days, it’s absolutely impossible to understand our purpose.

Between the struggles over homework, dinner, sports, and bathing, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters. We go on autopilot and merely go through the motions just to get it all done. This emotional detachment can come in handy, but it also creates a rift. I get accused of not caring, being mean, ruining lives, etc., and it’s all because I have to detach from emotions to deal with the demands.

At the end of the day, though, I can see glimpses of purpose shimmering through the cobwebs of my mind. When my mind is quiet. When no one is demanding my attention. When it’s time to rest. That little glimmer sometimes fades out before it comes fully into focus, but other times it arrives like a sunrise in my head, spreading light to the darkest corners of my mind. Nothing is left in the dark in those moments. I can see that greater things await. There is hope.

While I may not see my complete divine purpose in those moments, I can see the promise of my purpose, that I was created for more than a battle of wills with a feisty and stubborn tween. The darkness vanishes and the prospect of a life lived according to His plan takes center stage. In those moments, I am able to rest peacefully because I know that God has my back.

When I seek Him, I find myself in a more hopeful place mentally, and find the light fills my mind. When I skip time with God, I find that darkness overtakes everything so quickly and I don’t have time to react or stop the onslaught. It’s like weeding a garden (poison ivy and pricker bushes) while you’re still fertilizing and watering the weeds. #losingbattle

Tonight I needed to center myself. I sought guidance in The Word and was reminded that there IS more. The surface only tells part of the story. The highlights, really. When you dig deeper, you find more: more to the story, more to the world, more to who you are meant to be, more to your purpose.

We were created for a specific reason to fulfill a specific role in God’s Kingdom. We may take some detours in getting to our destination, but we will always arrive because it’s what we were created to do. I am grateful that there is nothing I – or any other human – can do to derail God’s plans for me. Delays will come, but His plan always wins.

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