something set up as an object or end to be attained: intention, resolution, determination
Does God build into each of us a desire to do something BIG in life? Or is it our own egos wanting to be known for something? What is it in us that belittles anything we do? Why do we feel whatever we have done is not enough? Am I the only one who asks herself these questions?
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
What is your purpose?
What is your end goal? What do you determine to do? Where are you heading? How does your daily life get you there?
(If you're thinking, "Oh, boy, Tami, aren't we hitting it a little hard here? Get a cup of coffee or something and chill already," you're not alone. The same thought just crossed my own mind!)
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, don't we? Well, maybe you don't, but I do. I want my life to count for something. I think I need to accomplish some amazing feat for it to matter. Surely I need an impressive title or credits to my name. Shouldn't I be working towards something significant to have real purpose in life?
I too easily overlook what is right before me. I have purpose, YOU have purpose, in the ordinary. It is no small thing to be a mother. There is value in cultivating integrity and completing any job well, whether anyone else notices or not. Simply connecting with people is great work. Why do I let Satan tell me otherwise? Most ordinary tasks do not bring attention or notoriety, but does that make them less important in God's eyes? I often think those things done quietly and consistently are more pleasing to Him because they are done without expecting pats on the back. They are done purely out of love.
As I struggle with these thoughts, I can't help but think of Jesus' words to Martha, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed." I imagine Him saying the same thing to me.
"Tami, Tami, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Concentrate on Me and I will lead you where you are to go. Your purpose is to seek Me and follow. That's all. One day at a time, in determination, consistency and trust. I am your purpose."
Forgive me, Lord, for getting lost in my head, lost in my culture, plain lost. Remind me each morning You, and You alone, are my purpose. When I seek to follow You first, You will guide my every step and the rest will be added in Your time. Thank You, Lord. You ease the burden.