“ Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. “ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
I want to take a look at purpose and how it effects our ability to have an intentional joy filled Jesus focused day. Purpose is the why to what I do. Why are we doing the things we have in our routine, our habits, the things in our schedule. I know that if I am not seeking Jesus in what I should be doing in my day, my purpose for the tasks I am doing is wrong. They have no specific purpose or they are for satisfying me; it usually does not end up with a good result.
Over the past five months I have had the opportunity to look at what I do and why I do it. My plate was cleaned off and an opportunity to fill it with what God had in mind presented itself. I have learned a couple of things about being purposeful in what I do.
Stop and ask Jesus about it, seems simple but its profound. I have a few activities I have done over the years for me, nothing life shattering or mountain moving but I enjoy them. One of those activities, getting my nails done is something I feel like God has asked me to stop doing for a season. Now – its not bad nor is it good, it just is. If I was upset about stopping then my heart is in wrong the place, but as I learn to keep before me that I want to honor God in all I do, that I want His purpose for my life more than I want what I want; it changes my perspective.
For instance one of the things I put on my routine is menu planning, for me this helps with the food budget, better use of my time and one simple way to love my husband and family. I have learned about myself that I do better when I take a few moments and pre-plan out various parts of my schedule, including what we are having for dinner. I don’t waste time or mental energy trying to come up with what is for dinner at dinner time.
This concept of purpose is one that I keep hearing and reading about. Purpose of my goals. Purpose of my life. Purpose for my diet. Purpose for what I am reading. Purpose touches every corner of our life. As we learn from books we read, sermons we hear, people we talk with, studying Scripture, talking with Jesus we are presented with things that help us to live out a life that brings God glory.
Purpose begins with a choice, a choice on my part to choose to run my thoughts, schedule, plan and actions through the right filter. The filter of Jesus. I love the promise in Proverbs – Jesus directs my path; I don’t want to fight him on His plan rather to learn to agree and thrive in it.
Purpose also provides us with direction. If our purpose is to worship and honor God in all we do (Col 3:17) then that should direct us in what we do, why we do it, when we do it. Clarity.
Why do routine and purpose matter in the goal of an intentional joyfilled Jesus focused day? Because it helps us to be on a journey with Jesus and not wandering.
Life is a journey. I believe it, I prefer to look at it as a journey with Jesus learning and growing in who I am and what I am doing.
As we walk through the day it is easy to forget where we are headed and who we are headed with. Our focus can shift to what is next on the list or schedule, or perhaps it shifts to who we are going to be seeing, where our career is going; the upcoming vacation, the weekend. We miss that we are on a journey with Jesus in our day and each day makes up our life. Some days I find myself at home, no specific place I have to be and its easy to get down, to get cynical, or grumpy over the chores that I need to get done. Starting the oh poor me fest because I am able to be at home. I become a grumbler versus praising and choosing joy. The reason – I have lost sight of the purpose of following Jesus, letting Him be in charge of my schedule and where I am at at life and embracing the journey I am on with Him.
I am learning that my focus during the day can be intentional, joy filled and focused on Jesus when I have the right routine / habits in place and my purpose is aligned where it should be: following Jesus. Remembering that this is a journey and God has a specific purpose for me and this day.
Today, and each day moving forward what will you choose, will it be anxiously waiting for the future; rote aimless wandering, or an intentional joy filled Jesus focused day. Its an exciting journey we get to be on with Jesus – embrace it and choose to live to day with Him as the focus and a joy that spills out.
“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24 NKJV
Resources that have helped me learn more about this:
What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by TerKurst
The Best Yes by TerKurst
Simplify by Bill Hybel
New King James Version Bible, Copyright 1996 Holman Bible Publishers and 1982 Thomas Nelson
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