Friday, August 24, 2012

What's your purpose?

Ever wonder what is your purpose here on earth?  Let me assure you, we each have a specific purpose for being here, even if we don’t   feel like it sometimes.  Point in case ME… this morning, on the porch having a pity party ( I have those sometimes, no one’s invited though…sorry).  As I took inventory of my life; well into middle age, widow, work as a secretary for the past 15 years, who really needs me, I move slower, I wear jewelry with a sweat suit, I strike up conversations with strangers in a store, sometimes they respond, sometimes they look at me like I’m Osama Bin Laden in drag…yada, yada, yada…what do I do that rocks the world…I mean REALLY?

So with that baggage first thing in the morning, here comes the pity and the heaviness you get when your joy has dissipated, in my case intentionally. Why do we do that to ourselves?  I dunno…

As I read my devotional by Chuck Swindoll he said this “Two words will help you when you run low on hope: Accept and Trust. Accept the mystery of hardship, suffering, misfortune or mistreatment. Don’t try to understand or explain it…then deliberately TRUST God to protect you by His power from this moment until the dawning of Eternity.”

Many of us have quoted this scripture “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28  But do we really mean it?  Do we really believe that those not so nice things that go on in our lives that have not been blocked by God, can serve as a purpose to mold and make us into the person that He wants us to be?

Purpose…what is my purpose? We all have as Anne of Green Gables says “visions of grandeur” but is that necessarily our purpose?  Maybe it is, but maybe it is not.  My purpose is to be HIS purpose.  Dictionary .com says that purpose is “the reason for which a thing exists…”

So instead of me sitting around feeling sorry for myself and singing my greatest hits “Oh Woe is me”, “Nobody knows de trouble I seen” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”…I better get off my Dukus and be thankful for the “Purpose” that I am walking in day to day.  Things in this life may not have turned out the way I wanted them to, but I must ACCEPT and TRUST that as I submit and commit my life to God, the One that knows all the details, will certainly work all things out for my good.  May not understand everything, but isn’t that what faith is?

My purpose?  Being me…Oh! He has a lot to work on with me; I am definitely a work in progress. But as I’m on this road that He has set before me, hopefully I will fulfill my purpose in Him. Accepting my not so perfect self but realizing that a perfect God is in control of my life.   That’s my goal and I know He will help me every step of the way.
(Pictures courtesy of my Teapot collection)  :-)


Anonymous said...

Did you have TEA at your pity party?

Anonymous said...

Did you have TEA at your pity party sissy?

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Anonymous said...

Dearest Roni,

Increased introspection comes with the aging process. It has been a constant part of me all of my life but now it seems to be a streaming event on TV. Within the past very few years I have been pulled back from death's door repeatedly. I had a heart attack, followed by the discovery of cancer and before they could work on the cancer I was hospitalized with blood poisoning and was given less than an even chance I would die. Then I had my gall bladder removed, began external beam radiation (for the cancer) which with whatever good it did me, tore a pathway through perfectly good tissue to accomplish its aim. Shortly, thereafter, I was rushed to the ER with an eminent heart attack which they managed to avert with the equivalent of triple by-pass surgery. (Stents)
I cannot help but wonder, why am I still alive? I am not depressed or discouraged but curious. Fortunately, I live with my oldest son and his family, my family. He is a pastor of a church in Delaware and I am blessed to be with him.
"What's my purpose?" I don't know that that answer is coming this side of eternity but I love being here until He calls me home.

Much love, encouragement, peace and joy to you Roni.

Warren Rue

Veronica said...

Thanks Warren for your comments. I am sure one of your purposes for being here is your family. You are a blessing to them just as they are a blessing to you.
And another purpose is to send me quirky and snarky remarks on FB! Makes me LOL everytime! God bless you Warren! ;-)