Change can turn our world upside down if we’re not careful. Trust me, I know. There was a time in my life when God allowed change to become my normal. I fought it tooth and nail just like an unruly toddler.
But looking back I can see God’s hands were lovingly moving all the pieces of my life around … and it was for my good.
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Change is messy my friends … but our Heavenly Father knows that change can bring us closer to Him if we will let it.
You know the unsatisfying feeling in your gut that you were created for more?
What about that restless feeling? Or the gnawing sense of feeling trapped?
It’s like being stuck in the movie “Ground hog Day” right?
Day in and day out, you are just going through the motions. Nothing seems to change.
When I was a stay at home mom, the enemy had convinced me that I had no purpose in life besides being a mom. It wasn’t until my kids were becoming teenagers did I realize how very important that season was.
Oddly I felt as though I had wasted opportunities. I even listened to the lie that I would never be used of GOD because of my past.
The enemy doesn’t want you to think that GOD has something for you to do in this life.
Oh beloved…..please don’t believe him.
Your past doesn’t matter to GOD….but your future does.
Satan maims our outlook by dragging us through our cluttered past.
Everyone is born with a purpose.
I think we miss it too often.
What are you good at?
What obvious talents do you have?
What are your passions?
Who do you think gave you these attributes to your personality?
GOD of course…..weaved straight into your DNA.
GOD made you a one of a kind. No knock offs of you beloved….you are an original.
GOD will never draw you to do something HE has not already given you the ability to do.
HE may desire you to develop those abilities, get more education or hone those talents…so that you can be more effective….but make no mistake….HE has something for you to do.
Today we talk about purpose as we continue in our series of the “Four signs of living a life that matters.” The second sign is….
You live life with a purpose.
Every day that you climb out of bed….know that GOD has something for you to do.
HE not only gives us a purpose for our life…but HE gives you a specific purpose to accomplish for every day.
This life is not about pleasing our flesh…..when we please the flesh…eventually we are dissatisfied…there is no true, lasting happiness.
This life is about being light bearers in the image of GOD.
If you can lighten someone’s burden by giving a helping hand….that is your purpose for the day.
If you can wash peanut butter and jelly off of a precious, chubby faced toddler….that is your purpose for the day.
If you can serve, love, or encourage by dropping off a meal for someone who’s lost a loved one, or just send a note through the mail sharing hope….that is your purpose for that day. The scriptures tell us…..
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
HE made us to share HIS love. But…those talents and attributes that are unique to you….HE wants you to use those gifts for HIS GLORY.
If you determine to find your purpose for each day…..everyday…something along the way happens. As you seek to be the light for someone….you are learning to be sensitive to the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. Stay with me here……
As you respond to that urging of the SPIRIT….using your gifts in some simple way….HE starts leading you to new places. I promise you!
When you give more of yourself to GOD….HE takes delight, and sees your obedience.
The more obedient you are to HIM…the more HE will trust and use you.
Start where you are at…using what you have….for whoever GOD has put in your life for that day or season….and you will be amazed how GOD will bring you to the purpose you were created for.
And be mindful…there are different seasons for your purpose. Just because you may be limited or feel stagnant for a time….be faithful….just like the Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer brings change, growth and new life…. the same will be for the purpose you were created for.
Determine to live every day with a purpose….make a difference…be the light.