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Forgive me for my absence, but life has been nothing but chaotic. I’m pretty sure we all have those moments where you have many things to do and not enough time, but I now have time to sit down, write posts, and think clearly, for I am now on Christmas break, college is on pause for now, and I have a few weeks off from my internship as well, so I am back, I have other posts written, and I am writing more as you read this, for I have many ideas in my mind, and I am now able to put them into words.
Also, thank you to those who prayed for me on my last post due to all of my papers, presentations, and internship things. God brought me through, and I ended up finishing the semester strong, and I thank God that the waters are calm now before having to go back for the Spring semester.
Anyways, tonight’s post, is a bit longer than usual, but I believe many people need to hear these words, for I had a big “life changer” myself when it came to purpose, so I might be doing a few longer posts in the future due to having a good amount on my heart lately, so without further ado let’s talk about purpose.
The number one thing we all ask is “What is my purpose,” and I am sure we have asked this question more than once in our lives. I, for instance, questioned this a lot growing up. I wanted to be a Dentist at age 6 all the way up until I turned age 12, then I wanted to be a lawyer all the way until I entered college, but then I had no idea what I wanted to do when God said “No.”
Here I was with this plan in my mind, a pathway that I was certain would pave my way to a successful career, but here God is saying “No, I have something else for you.” One night on Christmas break during my freshman year of college, I was praying to God as I was doing my Bible study. I said “Here I am God, right where you want me, and I have no idea what to do.” I prayed for Him to reveal His plan of college was to me, and what my purpose should be, and there is was; a teaching degree.
Ironically, I wanted to be a teacher from ages 13-16, but due to the negative feedback I got, I shoved that dream in a box in the back of my mind and decided to go after other things, but I did not find contentment in those things. Though I loved law, politics, and even other careers that are fumbling in my mind, I did not find full happiness in them, but I did find contentment with God’s purpose for me as a college student. When I changed my life plan, many were shocked for they did not see it coming. I was known as the girl who would go off, be a lawyer, move to an exciting city, but here I was “throwing it all away.”
To be completely honest, I never truly cared about moving to “big cities” or making “big money,” for I cared more about having a future family more than being a “big career woman,” and when I homeschool my kids, I’ll have a background in teaching, so it comes with many benefits to me.
As I went deeper into my freshman year, I learned that my deeper purpose was a family and homemaking, so I was being called to be a stay-at-home mom and a homeschool teacher, and I gladly accepted the call. I have come into contact with many people who think I am throwing my life and college away due to wanting to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool my children or put my family first, but regardless of what people say, God has a purpose for everyone, and not one purpose is similar to another person.
With all of this being said, all purposes ultimately come from God. God is the Author of all creation; therefore, He is also the Author of your life story in every regard such as college, life, friends, dating, marriage, kids, and even what you will be doing after retirement. Every chapter of your life is planned out by a merciful God who knows what is best for us. Though we may think we know what is best for us, what we think could lead to our demise, which is why God shuts doors before we walk into them.
“There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
Proverbs speaks on this very topic, for it says that though a way may seem good to a man, it leads to his destruction, which is why we should not lean on our own understanding when it comes to our future. We will have many choices in life that seem amazing and incredible, but though they seem to be dreams that are filled with many benefits, it can reap a disaster in the long run, which is why we should trust God to guide us to the doors He wants us to walk through.
We all make plans, have our future children named, know where will will live, and know intricate details on what we want, but life changes, and God will rip up our plans if He sees that they will ruin us. God does not destroy our plans due to “spite,” but He throws them out for He has something better for us than what our minds can comprehend, but we must trust Him and His divine ability. Your purpose will be in the guidelines of God’s promises for you, your purpose will be initially planned by God, and your purpose was chosen as you were being formed in the womb, so have unwavering trust in the God who makes all things work together for our good.
Proverbs is a book of wisdom, but it can also provide strong advice to us as daughters of God to find faith, trust, and truth when it comes to topics such as our purpose. Proverbs is filled with couplets of wisdom, verses of clarity, and chapters of God’s words breathed onto paper so that we can read what is in His heart. From morality, to worth, and to even our future, Proverbs contain many answers to many seasons of life, so if you find yourself falling into our own understanding rather than God’s, read Proverbs, pray to God about trust, and grow in God.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
With thousands of distractions in current day society, it is very easy to find ourselves looking more towards the world than we look towards Christ, and when we begin to place the world over God, we will see a decline in peace and joy and a rise of worry and tension. Jesus is our peace and comfort, but when we seek to make the world our peace and source of “wisdom,” we will fall into anguish, discontentment, worry, and tension will rise within our soul. Society seeks to bring us down, to devour anyone who is wounded, and to bring us away from Christ, and the number one thing this world wants to attack is our God given purpose.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Society wants to make your doubt yourself, your abilities, and society also wants to make you doubt God. Satan’s biggest mission is downgrade God and His grace, for Jesus has already defeated Satan. Satan attacks us Christians by placing fear, strife, worry, confusion, and tension within our hearts, which cloud our vision from seeing what is truly in front of us. Satan wants to twist things, he wants to make us doubt, and he wants to pull us away from God in anyway possible, but as Christians, we must stand firm, tall, and rooted in Christ, for those who are not rooted in Christ, will sway around like the leaves falling off a tree.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Our purpose is like our identity, for they are interchangable. Our identity is rooted in Christ, and so is our purpose. Our ultimate purpose is to do all things for the glory of God. When I was in middle school, my Bible teacher asked “What is the main message of the Bible,” and some would guess random things, but he replied “The main message is to show His glory to us,” and it is true. Throughout all of the messages through the Bible such as Creation, the fall, the Virgin birth, the crucifixion, and through the Revelation of what is to come, all have messages that have one underlying message when combined as one; His ultimate glory.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
Our purpose has God at the center, and though we all have unique purposes, we all are striving to do all things for the glory of God. No matter what we eat, drink, or do, we are all striving to make God known in all things, so though one might be a doctor, a lawyer, or a stay-at-home mom, we all have the same mission, which is to make Jesus Christ known to all of the nations.
“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 10-11
In the end, all will bow down at the feet of Jesus, every tongue will call Him “Lord,” and every single person will see Him clothed in pure glory, which is why it is important to spread the gospel for many are lost, in darkness, and need Jesus Christ, so with our purposes, no matter what they may be, let us give glory to God so that those who are lost in darkness can see His light shining through us.
God gave us each a purpose for a unique reason. Some is for building a godly family to show that a godly and functional family still exist and others have a purpose to serve the country to bring back morality, but regardless of what you as a daughter are chosen to do, God has something for you, so have no fear in what is to come, for you have a God who has everything planned out according.
“God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” Psalm 46:5
You might be sitting in your room right now trembling at the unknown abyss that is before you, but have faith, for God will light the way as you walk closer to the plan He has for you. Your purpose will play out in God’s time, so as you are waiting on God, find peace in His promises, find strength in His Word, and go into the unknown with a brave face, for God is with you, so you will not fall.