The 12 Days of Purpose from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

The Twelve Days of Purpose

For a Purposeful Christmas

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It’s great to be with you again in this series, The Twelve Days of Purpose. I actually have twelve steps to give you and I think we just may get to the first one today! Grab your coffee and let’s go get started.

When we consider the truth that we are HIS purpose, it can be freeing but confusing all at the same time. What I mean is if all of His purposes have eternal value, what does that imply about our purpose? How many times have you wondered what your gifts/strengths are? Many people still don’t know and are working in a “comfortable” situation. Little do they know, comfort doesn’t always mean God’s best, God’s blessing and as we’ve explored, He’s not always looking for our comfort as He sifts, grinds, and refines us to prepare us for our purpose, which is His purpose and calling on our life.

So what is your purpose? Did you know there is a difference between your career and your actual avocation? I always thought my “calling” was to be a court reporter. I now know, though it took me 20+ years to recognize it, that my career was His provision, but NOT His purpose for my life, though He did a grip of multi-tasking in the process! And when He knew I was ready, He took me away from my vocation as a court reporter to bring me to His holy operating table and performed open heart surgery! That process led me to my avocation, His calling on and in my life, as a writer/teacher.

Let’s talk about you now. Do you ever wonder if you are doing your purpose or His? Here are a few ways to know if it’s your purpose or God’s:

• It has eternal value – What does that look like?

Well, for example, a mom has so much eternal value in the lives of her husband and children. There is purpose in parenting. Marriage is full of eternal value and yet we tend to forget that in our day-to-day doings. A great way to keep the eternal value in our marriage is to remember that when we get there and we are talking with Abba and discussing our life, HE will NOT be talking to you or me about what our husbands did or did not do that hurt us! And what about all that volunteer work you do at the church? Ah, I’m sure you think it has eternal value, and in many ways it does, but be sure and check your motive and your priorities because trust me when I say that the slimy, sneaky cunning snake, aka, the devil, slithers there in ministry and before you know it, you are running around like a crazy person all in the name of Christ! Really?

• When you are functioning in God’s purpose, there is rest for you.

See the showbread was changed every Sabbath, Sabbath meaning rest, but here’s the little nugget for that: rest isn’t always a cessation of activity. Rest can be found in an activity that rejuvenates you as you engage in it! There is divine energy that comes when you function in your God-given purpose! When I’ve written for a couple of hours, I am rejuvenated! Our soul needs rejuvenation. Marriage takes rejuvenation. Why is it we don’t do what we need to do to keep it rejuvenated? Friendships take rejuvenation. What else can you think of that needs rejuvenation?

God’s purpose is our salvation and in Philippians 2, verse 12, He tells us to work out our salvation/purpose. Ps. 104:31 tells us that since the righteous work out God’s work/purpose and are a cause of His rejoicing, the glory of the Lord shall endure forever; the Lord shall rejoice in His works/purpose.

God’s purpose was/is that no one should perish but that all would have eternal life. But it’s our choice. We are God’s purpose!

So let me leave you with this: Think about all that you do each and every day and ask God to search your heart and reveal the truth of the purpose of it all.

Join me tomorrow for a special addition to the blog by our very own Nanny and then we’ll get to those twelve steps!

Purposing to abide in Him,

Evinda

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One Response to “The 12 Days of Purpose from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Very sweet and revealing too.