Purpose in Life
Everyone has a purpose in life, a ministry. We may be searching for it or in the middle of it. I recognize when I’m in the middle of my purpose, I feel I’m where I’m meant to be, by the sense of clarity, connection, and passion for what I am doing.
I often tell others my greatest purpose in life is to be a mother to my boys, they are my greatest achievement.
Ministry for me has also been as a pastor’s wife, loving those we served. Now holding space for those who suffer from addiction and their loved ones is my ministry. I find it intriguing and beautiful the way God can lovingly lead us from one ministry to another.
Sometimes in serving others I feel worn out. I cry out, “Lord, I have nothing more to give!” And God lays on my heart, “It is not about you. I’m here. Do not give from your strength, give from my power.”
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV Paul writes, ‘And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.’
I exhaust myself when I rely on my own strength. It is only God’s strength and power in life, which can make our purpose, our ministry in life, successful, beautiful beyond our imaginations.
When we live into our purpose in life self-care is of great importance. Even when I exhaust myself, God loves me! I draw near to Him in my weakness, lean into Him, and I feel His love me beyond my imagining! This life, the purpose He has for us, is not meant to be exhausting. It is meant to be a beautiful journey with Him, in His mercy, grace, love, and strength.
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus modeled self-care when he would regularly go away by himself to be with the Father. Let us follow the example Jesus gave us and take care of ourselves by spending regular time with God.
Lord, in this hectic world that thrives on ego and pride, help me to humble myself, to recognize it is not about me, but about You and Your desire for this world to know Your love for us all. Let my relationship with You be my priority and
that You will lead me in the purpose for my life.