Janice asks in today's Monday Meme on Faithlifts, "What is God revealing to you about your purpose? What are some action steps you can take to help keep those lessons firmly planted in your life?"
It's been such an interesting month, giving us the opportunity to really reflect on all the different aspects of purpose: the purpose of my roles, my walk with God, suffering, God's work, our service. . . . As Janice mentioned today, I struggle with keeping my primary focus on God. God is the underlying context of all my conscious choices, but I'm not sure that my daily actions and words always reflect that. Lauren's Faith Lifts post really stuck with me this month, asking how we can keep that eternal perspective at the forefront of our minds.
A dear friend long ago shared her prayer, “Lord, decrease my desire for the things of this world, and increase my desire for things of you.” I’ve found that prayer “works.” And, yes, unfortunately being shaken by tragedy (as Lauren addressed) works, too. I know that nothing I give up is enough, so I have to keep praying for transformation, instead of just trying to have reformation of my present state.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Philippians 2:12b-13 Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
So, I pray. I ask God to work in me. I grasp for the understanding that it is completely His work, and not mine, and yet in spite of that I continue to do my part by continuing to read His word, and grow in knowledge and in the practical experience which comes from living my life and fulfilling my earthly purpose of taking care of my family, and speaking of Him and His work in me.