Again it has been awhile since I have posted. It seems like every year I make New Year’s resolutions and round about the end of February I realize that my resolve has dissolved. January gives me a double opportunity to set myself up for failure since it is also my birthday month. My New Year resolutions tend to wain around the second week of the year just in time for me to make birthday resolutions. By the end of January, I feel defeated. Then I start to think that it would be smarter to make New Month’s resolutions.
January and February tend to be some of the busiest times for me because I am preparing our receipts for the tax accountant and organizing files. It puts me in the organizing mood and so I then find myself jumping from project to project. Writing has been pushed to the back burner and then suddenly I find it has been simmering there too long. My writing ideas and resolve have turned to mush. It is now time to toss those plans and ideas out and start fresh!
Our church has been focusing on finding the purpose that God has for our lives. Click here for a fantastic series of messages from Pastor Charlie Tuttle of Genesis Church on the subject => Discover. This has been helping me to recenter my life. Making a New Year’s, new month, or birthday resolution without having a purpose is like setting off on a journey without a destination. Making a resolution to read God’s Word every day without knowing our purpose is like saying, “I am not going to let my tank get below 1/2 a tank”, but then not knowing whether to turn left or right when we pull out of the gas station. When we resolve to follow the law of the scriptures without knowing our purpose it is like saying “I am going to only drive the speed limit and follow all of the rules of the road” and then ending up lost in Montana and not knowing how or why we ended up there. You get the idea?
So many times I will set out with plans for the day, week or month and then they get changed several times. Purpose is what keeps me from going bananas. Recently I made plans to make a cooking video with my Granddaughter when she and my daughter came to visit for my birthday. I had chosen to make banana pudding because when I asked my children what I could do to be a better mother in 2018 they all said I was doing a great job with the exception of one who said I needed to make more banana pudding.
Everything was going very well as we were making the video (see video below) and then I asked my Maddie-bug if she liked banana pudding fully expecting her to say yes. Instead, she said that she did not like banana pudding and did not even like bananas. I was surprised because she seemed to be having so much fun. Even at 3 1/2 years old my Maddie-bug had purpose. Even though she did not like what she was making she was enjoying herself because her “purpose” that day was to make a cooking video with her Mimi.
I am still praying about and working on my life’s purpose statement. I know that it has something to do with sharing God’s Word with the world and helping to empower believers as we overcome our fears. I have gotten sidetracked over this last couple of months with flu and other illnesses in the family, business, taxes, car troubles, yadda yadda yadda. In the meanwhile, in the back of my mind, I know that God has a purpose in my life that is more than just running in circles with busyness. I have to look at it as if these distractions are like exits to Oases on my life’s highway.
I remember when I was a kid when we travelled ALOT, my Daddy would dread to hear that one of us had to go to the bathroom. He knew that he could not just pull off the road a minute to let us do our business (he had 3 girls). He would use the opportunity since he had to stop anyways to fill up with gas, grab a meal or snacks and drinks, check the tires and oil, wash the windows, look at the map, stretch our legs, and/or take a power nap. We would always sing as we accelerated back up the on-ramp of the highway, “On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again…”.
Well, readers, I am back on the road again for this adventure called life with purpose. What is your purpose? What gifts or talents has God given you that He can use to spread His Word and further His kingdom? Have you been sidetracked from your calling or purpose? Do not be discouraged from starting again. Look at the time lapse as your pitstop and hit the road again. Just be sure that you have not been wandering aimlessly or that you have a vision for where you are heading. If you don’t know then take some more time to look at the map of God’s Word and pray about it. Map out your course and include some scenic byways. Realize that there will be other exits you will need to take but stay on track and enjoy the ride.
Are we there yet?! Till then…
Treasures From God’s Word
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The Morsel of the Story
Maddie & Mimi Making Banana Pudding
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