I remember when I was in Kindergarten seeing a very clear picture of my future purpose. I adored my Kindergarten teacher and began to dream in that moment of becoming a teacher. Of course, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I quickly responded “a teacher”. Oh to be so sure of my purpose and future.
Now over fifty years later (I can’t even believe I just divulged that piece of information), my purpose has changed. The dream I held onto as a five-year-old did come true but is now gone. Thirty years of teaching led me on a path of amazing purpose and passion. I walked gracefully and just as clumsily over the years as I learned to be the best teacher I knew how to be.
This past October, I wrote a series about reimagining home. Click here to catch up on the series. I realized in my reading and meandering time with Jesus that reimagining home was only the beginning of what God wants to teach me. As you grow older, you begin to realize that all you once knew has now morphed into something that doesn’t look as familiar. Somedays I fight this phenomenon but most days I treasure the wisdom and life experience that has crossed my path.
[Tweet “Over time your purpose may look unfamiliar but the life lessons you learn are a treasure.”]
Let me be upfront with you, I am no expert when it comes to finding your purpose. Or even what to do when it looks different than you ever imagined. But what I do know is how God uses our purpose for His good. He takes what once was and creates a beautiful new beginning. God is teaching me that even when my purpose changes I am still worthy of doing good and His plans for me are not over. Reimagining our purpose gives us the opportunity to allow God to show us the good in everything.
For the next few weeks, join me as I explore purpose. With God’s help, we can reimagine purpose together. Let’s dig into what it looks like when you are called to be a mom, caregiver or volunteer in church ministry. Does this mean you are still waiting for your true purpose to unfold? How does God view you when your time is limited due to other challenges?
What if your life’s work seems to change often and you find yourself hanging on to the next great thing? Will God still love you when your direction changes more times than you can count on your fingers?
And if you are called to be just who you are at any given moment without any fanfare, do you trust God’s plan over trying to create your own?
I am not sure where the next few weeks will take us, but I would love to have you along as we reimagine our purpose together. God’s plan is always good and I wonder if we need to reimagine our perspective along the way when we miss the good in our lives.
I am praying you all hang on to this truth knowing that with God there are no mistakes.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Blessings as we reimagine purpose together!
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