You Were Created for a Purpose

We all have dreams. Sometimes they’re big. Oftentimes they’re too small. But sometimes, amidst the broken washer and the missed deadline, the dirty diapers and the lonely nights, we lose sight of those dreams and feel like our lives are an endless cycle of wake-run-crash-repeat.

Your Life is NOT an Accident

If you’re stuck in survival mode, know that there is a better way.

God has plans for our lives,

plans to prosper, not to harm,

plans to impact His kingdom,

plans to give us a hope and a future.

Do you believe that? Do you believe that God has a plan with what He’s doing with your life right now? With that mess of a cold that just won’t go away? With the blessing-turned-burden?

If you’re reading through the New Testament, you’ll come across this fabulous passage as Jesus approaches his last moments on earth:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

Soak in that life-giving truth.

The thief will always try to beat us down, steal our joy, destroy and glimmer of hope for a better future. But Jesus came to change all that.

Jesus came to give us life. Not just any life, but life abundantly.

The Abundant Life

“Abundant” is such a great word. It means plentiful, copious, ample, profuse, rich, lavish, abounding, liberal, generous, bountiful, large, huge, great, bumper, overflowing, prolific, teeming.

Is that how you would describe your life today?

life abundantly

The abundant life means accepting the riches of glory available to us in Christ Jesus and living as rightful heirs.

The abundant life means reflecting on the wondrous sacrifice of Jesus and allowing that reckless tragedy to shape our words and actions today and every day.

The abundant life means taking hold of today and celebrating every little moment.

The abundant life means waking up every morning to the joy and satisfaction of fulfilling His calling on our life by using the gifts He’s given us.

Living with Purpose

If God created us for a purpose, and Jesus came to live us abundant life, then like wise stewards, we should be careful about how we live life so that when the Master returns, we can gladly show Him the fruits of our faithfulness.

Paul explains it this way:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
~ Ephesians 2:10

God prepared good works for you and me to do in this life, and discovering what those good works are can be a lot like a treasure hunt. A thrilling adventure to uncover who we are and what God has called us and uniquely gifted us to do.

Coming from a legalistic background, I need to constantly remind myself that serving God is a joy and a privilege, not a task to check off my to-do list. My works do not contribute to my salvation nor do they make God love me more. If you’re struggling with this, take a moment to read my post on seeing and savoring Jesus in the everyday life.

How to Live on Purpose

We need to spend prayerful time to discern what those plans are, how our unique gifts relate to them, and what steps we need to take to achieve what God has planned with our lives.

I admit: I’m a planner. I like to meal plan, I heart budgets, and I feel safer when I have a schedule. Planning is how I role, and I know not everyone is as planning-frenzied as I am. But I firmly believe that having a life purpose and life goals can help any woman live with greater purpose.

If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don’t have enough goals.
~Lou Holtz

So how do we live life on purpose? Tomorrow, I’ll share with you two ways I’ve used to create life purposes and goals that have absolutely revolutionized my approach to life (and I’m not exaggerating, either). Come back to find out what they are and how you can live the abundant life God created you for.

This post is part of The Intentional Life series. Check out other posts here.

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