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purpose: looking at an earthbound life with a heavenly perspective

Purpose seems such a driven word, doesn’t it? It can make us squirm if we think we have failed to define our purpose for being, or even for getting up in the morning. Yet each moment we live and breathe we are actually partakers in a purpose beyond our limited perspective.

Maybe we are going about things the wrong way, in trying to define purpose in terms of busyness and congratulating ourselves if the schedule we keep seems to suggest achievement? Because taking time for pondering, prayer, silence, stillness and rest can look like laziness to the unenlightened.

What if we saw ourselves in terms of how God sees us and asked ourselves what He requires from us? Click To Tweet

What if we saw ourselves in terms of how God sees us and asked ourselves what He requires from us? Our answers might differ from before. We’d be looking at an earthbound life with a much wider heavenly perspective.

Before we ever drew breath, God created us for a holy purpose, and it’s one that fits us alone, uniquely designed with us in mind. Within His general plan for mankind, we each have a role only we can fulfil, a destiny stretching into eternity.

Before we ever drew breath, God created us for a holy purpose Click To Tweet

The life I have lived, my painful past and the choices I have made have all helped create the woman I have become, as have circumstances I’ve experienced and relationships made or lost. The same is true for you, too, my friend.

We are not children of chance but children of God, His beloved ones. We’re here to get to know why we are here—to be in a close, loving relationship with God. All else flows from this: our work, worth and witness all speak of God’s hand on our life. They are not defined by how the world may see, assess or examine us.

We are not children of chance but children of God, His beloved ones Click To Tweet

Once we begin to look beyond the confining walls of our circumstances, we will gain awareness of God within and overseeing it all. There is purpose in the pain, shaping and changing, acceptance and surrender. We just need spiritual lenses on to be able to see it.

Joining the #FMF writing crew a little later than planned as we share our thoughts on this week’s prompt of ‘purpose’. You are welcome to join us here. 

“He has told you, Oh man, what is good—and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 – MEV

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