I started the year 2015 with a life theme-“Be Intentional”. Almost a quarter of the year has gone by and so much has happened. It’s interesting how life’s challenges allow only a few options- win, lose or conform. I am determined to keep pushing forward even in moments of obvious disparity. I will view circumstances as necessary instead of unfortunate happenings.
There are minor and greater challenges in life (writing a blog post via my phone-I’m old school, I know). But isn’t that the formula for living with purpose? -Doing what YOU THINK you can’t do..😁
The following post sat in draft status for over a month- and finally I get to post it😊
February 24, 2015 I wrote:
Let’s face it, life is demanding. SO much to get done in so little time. The To-Do list is overwhelming! Submerged under heavy and taxing workloads, we only have time to come up for air, it seems. Consumed by social achievements, family life, reaching career milestones and fulfilling personal goals, we struggle to spend quality time with God. But could it be that our busy schedules and behaviors are makeshift dwelling places to ignore and hide from the call of God in our lives?
Although church affiliation, attendance and involvement are highly important and personally rewarding- they cannot substitute the need for quality and uninterrupted time with God. He desires to be glorified through our lives. Life’s unfair events and experiences are sometimes the ingredients God uses to birth HIS purpose in our lives.
Social obligations and other prismatic pursuits such as status, possessions and affiliations are limited in their ability to sustain one’s soul. In fact, they are meaningless when one desires to pursue the will of God. Achievements are what You can give yourself by working hard; Purpose is what God gives when you seek Him.
Like charity, purpose doesn’t flaunt itself or think itself more highly than it should. Purpose consents to and affirms the authority of the Word of God. Purpose-living reflects a lifestyle of humility and honors God at all times. A Purpose-driven life knows boundaries and will walk away from situations and assignments that endanger the fabric of righteousness.
Choosing to live purposefully is not a risky or leaky life plan. Rather, it is a balance and stable method with endless opportunities. Seek Him (His Kingdom) first and then all these things will be added.
A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree (Proverbs 11:8 Msg).
A conversation with my husband reminded me that Purpose does not quit or settle for what’s convenient. One morning after an interesting convo (which I will tell you about),- I hit my knees and began to pray. I repented about my behavior, stubbornness and attitude. As I poured out my heart, the tears grappled my face. A sensation of God’s grace opened my soul and showed me the junk that piled atop my purpose.
That morning, before any glimmer of sunlight, Mr.L abruptly woke me..“You’ve been missing morning prayer”, he commented. To be honest, I wasn’t aware that he noticed. As he spoke, I felt as though I was experiencing a myofascial pain; a knot in my chest and tightening of my emotional muscles. –God was working on me! The moment I felt like quitting the process, He reminded me that He cares and that my life matters. Point is, I was allowing opinions and life stuff to distract and consume my thinking. I became so frustrated after praying and praying and no answer. But thank God my dear friend-husband confronted me!
Staying focused and committed to prayer is the most effective tool to remedy the cares of life. When we decide to get up from the comfy seat of convenience, we then begin the process of living with purpose. There are countless situations that will discourage us and cause us to feel like giving up. However, God does not reject those who choose to stay at His feet. God desires to spend Mary moments with us on a daily basis. Moreover, He tells us of the danger of being distracted by a Martha lifestyle (Luke 10:38-42).
HIS plan requires a separation from what’s common, comfortable and conducive. Therefore, the things we go through are to wean us from living life “my own way”.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” MLK Jr.
There are no convenience rest stops on the path to purpose. When we are weak, discouraged and deviate from His plan, He promise to help us. When though passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee (Isaiah 43:2).
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Continue in purpose and see you in the comment section😊