The Twelve Days of Purpose-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

The Twelve Days of Purpose

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

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Thanks so much for taking a break with me today away from the hustle and bustle of life in this Christmas season. Grab your coffee and let’s get back to some more foundational truths for purpose.

Purpose also refers to the finished product and here’s a truth about that definition: the growth comes not from the finished product (the purpose) but the journey toward the purpose. Oh, how I can attest to this! I am not the same person who started a writing journey over four years ago! Many of you who join me for coffee every day can attest to that as well. I thought I was just going to write a book; that was my purpose, my desire, but He had other plans and has turned the writing into something I never could have dreamed up!

Let’s bring this back to the holidays. Maybe it’s time to actually sit down and write what we’d like to accomplish from our actions motivated by the Christmas season. What is the finished product we hope to achieve? Why do we do what we do for whom we do it?

That takes us right where we need to go. Purpose is also a practice or behavior. We all know that a practice becomes a behavior. Hurts turn into habits, habits into hang-ups. For example, if my purpose is to run from internal pain, I will self-medicate, do anything I can to feel better.

What about marriage? What kind of practices are we engaging in that are becoming hurtful habits in our marriage? If our husband does something to hurt us, we could develop a habit of tuning him out and if we tune him out, that will definitely hang our marriage up! Avoiding doesn’t make the problem go away; it gets bigger!

If we are holding on to bitter, we will purpose out of bitterness. If we are stuck in our anger, that emotion will drive the car and run over others. Where is our purpose? The same is true for depression which results in one depressed, or an addiction that molds an addict.

But there is good news! The Old Testament is replete with examples of evil deeds, practices and/or behaviors that God still used for His purpose. For example, the story of Joseph; when his brothers sold him into slavery, his brothers’ purpose/intent was to be rid of him but God redeemed that and lifted up Joseph. There’s Jonah, David . . . The list could go on of redeemed purposes!

Let’s stop there and think on the ways in which we need Him to redirect our purpose, and the ways He already has!

Have a purposeful weekend!

Evinda

Christmas a year ago . . . with Bryden, our purpose!

Christmas a year ago . . . with Bryden, our purpose!

 

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One Response to “The Twelve Days of Purpose-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Still contemplating all this information. Purpose as a job, a husband, a family, a friend, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a Christian. UMMMMMM Many facets in this little gem isn’t there?