We’ve all been made for a purpose, right? But what is that purpose? What if we are very unhappy with that purpose? Let’s face it, sometimes we are discontent. I want to discuss that, but first let’s look at a few questions. These aren’t easy, and for some it takes a lifetime to discern and discover.
First, look around you. Are you happy with your purpose? Do you know why you’ve been created? Do you realize your life purpose?
Are you sighing in contentment because everything is going well, or are you frustrated because nothing is going right–at least nothing you’d like to see done today? That is part of the problem. Our expectations are often way beyond what is possible in one day. I know this from experience.
On Monday, for example, I wanted to finish wrapping five presents, go to a local warehouse and buy some essentials, and read four papers my children have waiting for me to evaluate for Literature and History. At noon that day, I was set to host an episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms with two of the show hosts (Carol Topp & Meredith Curtis).
Instead, I had to cancel the show due to a family emergency.
Life happens. Well-laid plans get changed. Reality sets in and we need to adjust.
My youngest grandson caught his hand in a window and was rushed to the hospital. (Miraculously, only stitches and no broken bones–thank you, Jesus!)
Instead of my plans, I had four grandkids at my house all day with lots of energy!
They helped me wrap some presents (you should see them!) and that was the only thing that was on the “list” that was completed that day. I cancelled the radio show (thank you Meredith and Carol for being so understanding) and we baked cookies, played outdoors, and had a blast. We had lunch and cleaned up, did a craft from a free Printable that had a Christmas theme, and watched part of a movie. No radio show. No shopping. No grading papers.
This holiday season, so many things are calling on my attention. These delays remind me that only the Lord is truly in control of my day. By giving it to Him each morning I’m freed from what I have to do and understand that only what He wants to see done will be complete.
Why was I content on Monday? Because I didn’t have time to be discontent. I had so much more to do than was on my list, but then, we all do. We have those things that must get done as well as those we hope to complete. If we wallow in “what could have happened,” that is when discontent sets in. One day at a time!
I am here to serve, however the Lord wants me to serve this day. I am here to be available to my husband, my children, my extended family, or my grandchildren. The Lord has given me talents – and I will use them as I am able and as He directs. However, when I realize my time is HIS time I am freed from obligations and guilt. Stress is often self-imposed and comes from the time to think and worry. Giving my time to the Lord really is freeing!
Why are you here?