When We Forget Our Purpose

This past week was definitely one of those weeks. You know, the ones where you have your schedule mapped out and you prepare yourself each morning for all that needs to get done. Things keep popping up on the calendar and you go into autopilot mode to make sure you are where you need to be when you need to be there and it’s a victory if everything gets done each day.

This past week was full and busy with great things, but amidst the busy, I forgot about my purpose.

I went into autopilot when it came to helping Brady prepare for our church plant meeting. Instead of remembering the purpose to our actions and words, I was concentrating on getting things done in the most efficient way possible.

I went into autopilot with my high school small group girls, concentrating on getting to our end time without any major problems rather than soaking in what God had for us.

I went into autopilot when I went to work, crossing off my to-do list rather than nurturing the relationships I have.

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you have autopilot moments too?

I’m so thankful that God woke me up from this mode yesterday. First, He showed me the way I was living, then He forgave me for forgetting my purpose and the reason behind all of my actions. And now for the coolest part… He still wants to use me even after I messed up.

God has put you in a specific place for a very specific reason. You are called to a work that only YOU can do. He wants to use YOU where you are at, and He created YOU specifically for that roll.

I believe the enemy loves to distract us with busyness and to-do lists, because we tend to forget our deeper purpose and live in an autopilot mode that cripples our very specific calling.

So, if you are in a similar place as I was, I encourage you to do a few things.

  1. Talk to God. Tell Him how life has been lately and ask Him to forgive your lack of purpose.
  2. Seek Truth. When we forget our purpose, it’s always great to brush up on who Jesus is and why He’s worth living for. John is a great book to go to!
  3. Refocus. Write down who God has called you to be and the purpose He has given you. What did He save you from? How does He want to use you today?
  4. Start new. Praise God that you still have purpose and a calling, even when we forget about it sometimes. Today is a new day. Have grace for yourself and start fresh.

 …that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…

Ephesians 3:16-17

(emphasis mine)

Sister and friend, you aren’t in this alone. Today is new, grace is wonderful, and you are loved. Don’t forget it!

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