In the Word

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!

In the Word

Get Out From Under the Basket

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You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 

Matthew 5:14-16

I’m a dreamer.

If I have a spare minute or two to think, my mind wanders to the possibilities and “what if”s of life. I can get myself hyped up about the unknowns and excited about the different ways I imagine God leading and using the ministries and passions He has put on my heart.

Are you a dreamer too?

I don’t think being a dreamer is a bad thing. I think dreamers are needed within the Kingdom to help bring heaven to earth. But with dreaming, there is also struggle.

I struggle with knowing how to take steps to make my dreams happen. I struggle with knowing how to be used with where I am, HERE and NOW.

If I can get real and raw with you, I’m in a stage of life where I’m struggling to know how God wants to use me. I have big dreams in my head, but knowing how to turn them into reality is tough. What steps should I be taking? What do these dreams mean for the place I’m in right this second?

As a dreamer, it’s tempting to get caught up in the possibilities and forget about where God has you, right now.

Right now, God has created you to be the light of the world. He has set you on a stand to display His light where you are at, no matter what your circumstances are. Right this second, He desires others to see your good works and to receive glory because of them.

I love Matthew 5:14-16 for a lot of reasons, but one of them is the picture of being a light on a stand. God never covers us up. We are always in a place where we can shine His glory to those around us.

I have realized that when I’m dreaming and putting my hope in the future I tend to forget about how God could use me, right now. It’s almost like I’m putting myself under that basket Jesus is talking about.

Church, let’s get excited about the Kingdom and God’s plans, but let’s also focus on how He can use us where we are at. We are the light of the world! Today, tomorrow, and through every stage of life.

Jesus, I pray for your Church. I pray that you will use our unique gifts to bring You glory today. Help us focus on the task at hand while also being excited about all You have to do in the future. Thank you for loving us and making us your light to the world. In your name I pray.