We all have different ways of selecting that one word. Sometimes we choose it randomly. Sometimes God chooses it for us. Sometimes it is easy to select. Sometimes it comes with a bitter taste.
I was all prepared to announce my One Word days ago. But then......
I went to the mail and found my Faithbox. What a nice surprise it was! I really wasn't expecting it until the first of the year, but was delighted to open it.
Greeting cards. Tea. Devotional. Planner. Bracelet.
And that question......
What's your purpose?
Isn't that the question we all want the answer to???
What is my purpose?
Stay at home mom
And the list continues.
Throughout our lives, we make decisions based on what we feel our purpose should be. We plan our futures based off this idea and it determines which college we go to, which company we work for, the person we marry, the number of children we have, the neighborhood we live in. Many times we choose our purpose without considering God's purpose for our lives.
I'm no theologian or Bible scholar, but I do know this......
I was created to have a relationship with Christ. To know Him. To love Him. To glorify Him. To lead others to Him.
That's my purpose in life.
Author Susanna Foth Aughtmon said, "It is not so much about following a career path as it is about following the path of Christ."
I couldn't agree more.
That is a difficult thing to admit because we all have hopes and dreams for our careers. What I wouldn't give to be a stay at home writer/mama. To be able to plan my day around Bible study, coffee, reading, and writing. Ahhhh!
I understand, and accept that this option is not in the cards for me right now. I choose to be ok with that and will continue to take part in bible study each day and read and write when I can. And coffee, well, as long as there's Folgers, and Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks......I'll always have coffee.
But my purpose other than to live for Christ?
What is that?
I've considered this a lot lately.
And I've thought this.....
Sure, I love Jesus. I live for Him, but do I really live with PURPOSE? Do I have a purposes each and every day?
And no, not really.
I am a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl.
I don't make plans.
I don't make lists.
I just go with it (usually).
But what if I tried to intentionally live with purpose each day?
What if I made lists and goals?
Well, why not?
So, there we have it.
My One Word for 2016.
So for the next 365 days, I will work to live with purpose, not that I want to be chained to To Do Lists, but that I know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. That I am being intentional and doing things that are worthwhile and meaningful. And that in all of these things, I am doing them for the Lord, to grow His kingdom.
We need to know that there is purpose in all things. God has a plan and why shouldn't we? I need to be reminded that there is a purpose to getting the laundry done. I need to be reminded that there is purpose in the mess of life. I need to know that my purpose as a teacher isn't always academic. I want to be able to live with purpose AND see purpose in my daily life.
And letting my five year old write my One Word for me.....yes, there is purpose in that.