I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about my favorite verse when considering the theme of “purpose.” For a refresher:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I once heard this verse referred to as the “graduation verse” – everyone shares this with new graduates who are starting a new phase in their lives. And in all honesty, I found this verse in my senior year of high school when I was trying to figure out what college to attend. However, I’ve found over the past five years that this verse is extremely applicable to me on a day-to-day basis, and that is why I wish to share it with you.
Our society no longer reveres peace. Peace of mind, peace of body, peace of spirit – we have no interest in these things. We’d much rather be drinking our $5 latte while listening to our iPods, talking on our smartphones, writing on our blogs, and checking our email. I don’t condemn this lifestyle – in fact, it sounds pretty darn similar to the life that I lead. I simply state that as a general group, people today multitask and feel unproductive if they try to tackle one task at a time.
Perhaps that’s why I find this verse so comforting. In a world where I am so busy, have so many plans, rush from meeting to meeting, and try to cram so much into each day, it is a relief to know that God’s got good plans for me. If I try to crowd him out with my lessons and activities, I may flounder, flail, and eventually fall. But if I look to Him, there are prosperous and harmless things ahead of me. God has given me permission to have hope and to look for a future. I can enjoy the prospect of tomorrow if I slow down enough to listen to Him.
What does this have to do with purpose? I know that it doesn’t matter what MY purpose for my life is – it’s GOD’S purpose that counts. And he’s got great things planned for me. What a relief to know that I don’t have to be perfect at finding, discerning, and following my purpose. God will reveal it to me as I am ready to take each new step. All I have to do is take the time to let go of my ideas and agendas and listen for His.
What are your thoughts on God’s purpose for our lives? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I’ll address this issue again next week, so please share anything specific you may want me to discuss!