The all encompassing question as we go through the ever moving pages of the calendar, What is my purpose?Looking back upon yesterday or last week, the month or year that came and has now gone; what was my purpose, my intent? Have I accomplished anything that matters, did I fulfill the purpose for which I was born? Its a question that fills each of our minds from time-to-time.
It was my 50th birthday that really caught me in deep reflection of these questions. Questions that caused me to consider the importance of the days that add up to create the years that become the story of our lives. As I greeted that day, that moment of time in which I reached that number 50 in my story, I was asking where had the time gone. What did I have to show for those years, what filled the pages of my story? My husband actually turned my attention to the wall of pictures that lined our hall. The faces of my children, my grandchildren, family members that have come and those that have gone. Nothing that sat around my home, no artifact or painting became a semblance of my life, but the faces that I saw lining the hall, the face that were pieces of my life revealed the purpose for which I had been created. My purpose was within each of those relationships, each of the stories that came about because of the pages of my story.
Each day, I interact with others. Sometimes it is family, sometimes it is friends, but sometimes it is people that I may never see again. Within each of those interactions I have the opportunity to be used for a purpose, God’s purpose. The fulfillment of my purpose lies in how I respond to that single moment in time.
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” II Timothy 1:9
“According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:11
His purpose within each of our lives is an eternal purpose. What we do today may not seem that relevant, yet in the pages of eternity it has the ability to become a monumental day. Not all of our moments seem like those that will have such significance, but it becomes the overall affect of those moments linked together that establish the testimony that takes on eternal value in the lives of those we meet along the way. For His purpose we have been given the riches of His grace not for us to keep to ourselves, but for us to share with others. He has given us all that we need to fulfill His purpose, He has imparted to us the knowledge and wisdom we need to share the mystery of all that He is and will be in eternity past, present and future.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace: wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence: having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself” Ephesians 1:7-9
So it is that we live today with purpose, knowing that in us and through us He works toward the good of all that we meet along the way. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
For His Purpose . . .