Monday, June 30, 2008

Finding the Right Mark

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.


Emiley said...

This is a good reminder for me in the summer, Tami. I really dislike summer because I feel like I've lost my schooling my children and serving the rest of the homeschool community. Guess that should be a big wake up call that I was REALLY messed up all school year long, huh? I guess it just seems too simple that HE can BE our purpose. Wonder why we have to make things so complicated? :-)

Angie said...

Tami---out of all the days for you to come to my blog...and lead me back to was today. This I NEEDED to read. For some of the VERY things had been rolling over and over in my head. I have beat myself up at times for not having pursued more education (because I THINK that must be what the LORD needs)---when I am useable just as I am. It's my heart---pure and holy---seeking HIM is what He desires.
How many times has HE spoke to me THROUGH you! I have ceased to count. You are a blessing.!!!

Brenda said...

Good reminder Tami. There is no great puprose then teaching our children to love, to show them the importance of home, God, family. It's where all the rest starts.

Christine said...

Me too. That's all I have to say!