In the first week of the study we are reminded through the example of Gideon that God has a purpose for every person he has created...which pretty well covers you and me and everyone we know.
Purpose. Do you ever give much thought to the concept of a purpose for your life? Most folks think about the day-to-day tasks (getting the laundry done and supper on the table), the short-term goals (next summer's vacation plans), and maybe even prepare for their retirement years. But that's not purpose. Purpose transcends these things. Purpose goes deeper...and gives meaning and depth and value to life.
How often do we take time out to consider God's deeper plan for our lives? What is it that He has uniquely planned for us to do that helps to accomplish His plan of bringing the love of Christ into our world?
How do we begin to discover what our purpose is?
As busy as our lives are, if we really want to begin to understand these things, we need to carve out some time...some alone time...where we can just get away and be with God. Hard to do? Absolutely! Critically important? It depends where your values are. If we prioritize God in our lives, it means that we are giving him "face-time". Face-time means that we are with him without interruption on a regular basis.
Much of our face-time is spent in prayer and Scripture reading. However if we are seeking to learn our purpose, I think that combining these things with a time of solitude and waiting on God allows Him to speak to us in ways where we can more easily hear His "still small voice." This is something that is best not to rush.
Think of it like cooking a roast. I'm no chef, but I know a long time in the crock-pot yields a better result than sticking the meat in the oven at 500° for 30 minutes. Same idea....catching God on the fly as we commute to work or in the shower is not going to allow us to hear Him speak to us about the deeper purpose of our lives as well as doing a half-day (better: full-day) retreat to spend alone with Him.
As I seek to live life in alignment with my perception of His purpose for me, I have found that life is much more joyful and satisfying. Yeah, I'm still taking out the garbage and shoveling the snow off the sidewalks. The tasks of life will never go away. And the short and long-term planning for our future is still important to do. But all of these things are marinated in an understanding of God's purpose...and helps to clarify ways that I can go through my day being sensitive to the opportunities that He gives me to live into it.
Live life "on purpose". Life it in God's purpose. It makes all the difference in the world.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
How do you live life "on purpose"? Share your thoughts below...