Last week, we explored what potential looks like in our lives. We looked at the untapped possibilities that God gifts us with even before we were born. Our parents or other key players in our lives see potential in us that we don’t always see and many times encourage us to pursue. But God is honored when we allow Him to uncover the layers of who we are and open ourselves to the beauty of who He created us to be. Potential is already part of who we are, but purpose is how our potential is realized. (Click here to catch up with last week’s post.)
When we go to school, we have a purpose. When we work a job, we have purpose. When we become a parent, we have a purpose.
But what about when seasons change or life turns us in a different direction with no warning? These are the times the “whys” outweigh the “hows”. Or “what’s next” is answered with only silence. Our purpose is in question and we feel lost and uncertain as to our future.
I’m in the sequel of my life, my second chance, a gift of time that many of you call retirement. I find myself questioning my purpose- my “what’s next?” because I have not found the rhythm that God has planned for me. I’m not wandering around aimlessly and life has been quite busy, but it is just that- BUSY. When I seek purpose for this time of my life, I am searching for God’s plan and how I fit into it. My hope is to honor Him and others by building the kingdom rather than serving the world.
We hear God’s promise in Romans that we have a purpose.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
When we chose God and accepted the gift of Jesus dying for us to wipe away our sins, we are called to God’s purpose. His love for us is unceasing and His gift of grace is freely given. Love and grace are meant to be shared and we are called to do that as God’s children. Those things never end even when our job changes, family dynamics cause us heartache or we start our sequel. God’s purpose has always been clear. Love one another!
I love these words from Ephesians.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3
I want my purpose to be wrapped up in humility, patience, love and keeping peace. God would love nothing more than that too.
So as I wait, listen and look for my purpose, I am resting in knowing that God’s purpose for my life never changes. I can rest easy knowing…
God gives us direction when we embrace Him and His purpose
When we look for purpose, God’s timing is always perfect
God is our guide when worldly concerns interrupt our routine
God leads us when we choose to be led. God loves us even when we forget to love others. God forgives us when we make the same mistake for the 100th time. As God’s children, we are given the greatest purpose of all – to love one another!
How will you embrace God’s purpose as your own and seek to build God’s kingdom rather than serve the world?
Blessings of grace along the way!
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