This is my year of surrender. A daily refining of my identity to become the best “me” God created. Letting go to receive the precious grace God holds out freely. A journey of laying down self to make space for the new creation God promises.
The process somedays is like a blacksmith forging iron in a fire. The heat pierces so the blacksmith can twist and shape the iron. God takes the rough edges of our hearts and rubs them smooth with His patience and love. When we allow God to do the daily refining, not only does our identity become clearer but our purpose takes shape.
Seeking God’s purpose always leads us to knowing the depth and power His love. I know I make the idea of purpose harder than it needs to be. Ultimately, God desires for us to be holy and whole. If we strive to reach a place where we surrender the mess that God wants to carry for us and become whole, we are living our stories.
[Tweet “Purpose, then, is knowing we each have a God-given story that He wrote for us to live out His glory.”]
It is fitting that this series on reimagining our purpose is coming to a close in Lent. I find myself succumbing to a daily refining during these forty days leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. I’m aware and open to letting God clean out the shards of my life along with the sharp edges of the past. Each time I soften my heart to God’s work within me, a piece of my story comes into focus. The story of who I am as God’s child and how He cherishes me when I know His love and weave my heart with His.
Purpose isn’t so elusive after all. God already planned our stories before we were born. I am the one who clutters the space that God had already cleaned out in preparation for my story to unfold. I feel like this year will provide an opportunity to get back to the basics. A chance for me to reclaim my identity and begin to live it out as God already planned.
What does that look like for you? Is it possible that discovering purpose will happen in the process of uncovering the you that has always been there? If so, do you feel confident that in this messy journey we call life, you will discover your purpose too?
I am re-reading a book called The Wellness Revelation by Alisa Keeton. My path to surrender is a body, heart and mind issue. The Wellness Revelation takes all three areas and uses scripture, stories, reflection, health awareness and God to help people on this journey. Alisa states so clearly what transforming our lives look likes. I know surrendering will result in a transformation of my heart, which will lead to my wholeness in Christ.
We must soften our hearts. We need to remember our stories: where we come from and what God has already done for us. He guided us every step of the way, planting and growing in His purpose, His power, and His strength. God wants to remove the burden we carry when we think that everything hinges on our might and the “win, lose, or tie” is all within our control. It is just not true. God desires to be our strength in all things.
[Tweet “Our purpose is Christ. It is Christ living in us and how we live for Him.”]
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 NLT
May you feel blessed that God wrote your story and chose you to walk it out with Him.
I highly recommend The Wellness Revelation. The book is transforming but truly challenges each of us to live and healthy and whole for Christ. I am including my affiliate link. If you purchase the book, I receive a small compensation through Amazon.
Thank you all for being faithful readers. If these words speak to you today, please share so others can find encouragement too.