Saturday, March 13, 2010

God's Special Purpose For Us


Happy Saturday morning!  Is anyone out there?  If you are, ya'll have been awfully quiet these last few weeks!

I'm so glad it's Saturday--today we go pick up Eldest Son from school for spring break. The hubby is working the Big Ten basketball tournament in Indianapolis, so it will be just me and Youngest Son making the road trip! Scratch that, Youngest Son just informed me he is NOT going with me to pick up Eldest Son, so it will be just be Me, Myself and I making the trip.  Fine by me, I will relish the peace and quiet!

I thought I'd start out my post today with a special thought for you.  If you reflect on the words long enough, you might realize for yourself just how special your walk here on earth really, truly is.  Where we are and what we are experiencing is all part of our journey toward discovering His purpose for us.

Each of us, you and me, have been purposely placed exactly where God wants us to be.  If we are in the middle of a bad relationship, I truly believe He has us there for a reason.  If we are in the middle of great suffering, there is purpose in that suffering as well.  If you're like me, you might ask the question "WHY" quite often.  Why me.  Why us.  Why now.  Why, why, why.  Honestly, I have yet to hear God's answer to my question.  Truthfully, I think I haven't been listening carefully enough for His whisper.  Sometimes, I'm too busy bemoaning my lot in life.  Thankfully, many friends have answered the question for me.  "Why NOT you?", they say.  Why not me, indeed.  God did not promise me a life free of pain and heartache.  Far, far from it.  But He did promise me He would be with me every step of the way.  Whether I invite Him on the walk or not.  When I realize I can't make the walk alone, He will be there to lift me up.   If you're any bit as stubborn as I am, you might still be walking that lonely path alone.  But how far can we possibly go it by ourselves?  It gets tiring walking alone, doesn't it?


I'm starting to realize that.  I feel like I'm walking in circles sometimes looking for answers.  I am desperate to figure out what my purpose is in this world really is.  What His purpose is for me.  Sometimes, I feel like I'm on the cusp of figuring it out, and other times, I'm so far from it I make myself laugh.  I probably make God laugh too!!  Secretly, I have to think I am fulfilling God's purpose for me every time I help a friend in need; bringing a meal over to a friend who finds herself with extra houseguests because her brother-in-law is dying, or when  I send an encouraging note to a devastated niece experiencing her first true-love breakup.  I'm sure you do these sorts of things too.  Perhaps God's great purpose for us here on earth is to simply help and love those in need, those whose suffering is greater than our own.  Lifting up those unable to lift themselves.  Extending love to those feeling unloved.  It all seems so insignificant, doesn't it?  I mean, God's purpose for us HAS TO BE bigger than this, doesn't it?  


Do me a favor.  Stop for a moment and think, "what if this is exactly what God had in mind when he created me?"  Maybe His purpose for us is to simply live our days loving others.  Live our days helping to lighten the load of someone else.  Live our days loving others for the sake of Him.  Perhaps if we realize this, then we could stop all the searching, all the longing for something more, something bigger, something better than what we have.  One thing I do know, His purpose will be revealed to us at a time and place He has specifically chosen.  In the meantime, I am going to keep re-reading my words so they sink in.  There is no greater purpose for me right now than to live my days loving and helping others.  It's that simple I guess.  If God has some bigger purpose for me planned, which I don't know about right now, I suppose all I can do is strap on my seatbelt and get ready for the ride.  For now though, join me in loving and helping others for His sake.  Be confident and at peace knowing that if there's more He wants to use you for, He will make it clear to you.  


Honestly, I'm not sure why I wrote about this subject today.  The words just sort of started flowing.   As I am getting ready to wrap this post up and hit "publish", I'm worried that by doing so, I'll be getting some "unsubscribing" notices in my email box soon.  But deep inside I feel like God wanted me to write this today.  Maybe someone really needed to read these words.  I have no idea.  Maybe I myself needed to read these words and absorb their deeper meaning for me.  Whatever it is, I'm going to move forward and hit "publish post" anyways.  If my words touched you today, I'm happy!  If you feel you want to unsubscribe to my blog after reading them, that's cool too and I understand.  In the end, I hope my sharing these words at the very least will cause you to think a little bit, help a little bit, and love....a lot.  


Hugs,
Amy

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for being brave and sharing. I am sure there are lots of others that feel the same way at times, including me! Hugs!

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  2. The study of John (in BSF this yr) is really a confirmation of all you've said!
    We show we belong to Him because of our love for each other.
    We may never know why God has placed us where we are in life this side of Heaven... but one day, maybe...
    Hope you had a peaceful, safe trip after your son & that you all enjoy some quality time together!

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  3. Well... I lost the 1st post. AMEN Sister!! What a wonderful post!!! I'm going to print it out and save it. Thanks for sharing with us and I doubt there will be any "unsubscribers" to your blog. I always enjoy reading your posts and am so glad you're blogging again!

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  4. Thank you for such a heartfelt post. You truely touched me right where I needed to be touched.
    Cheryl Sims

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  5. Why do we think our "purpose" should be something big and impressive? I'm guilty of that. But my skills are more along the "helping someone in need" line. I have to keep reminding myself to use what God gave me. Send a homemade card or note, deliver a meal, give a ride, visit or phone and listen, etc. When I am on the receiving end, I realize the importance of these things better. Thanks for reminding me. Hugs to you, too!

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  6. What a great post Amy! Gives me something to think about on this cold and rainy day - I have lots to be thankful for like a warm home, a roof over my head, food for my family and time to do something nice for someone like sending them a card to say I'm thinking of them. Thanks for reminding me too! Doris :)

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  7. Debbie3:43 PM

    I Love your bravery! You always make me think. We participated in a group study of a book, Chazown. Awesome stuff right along sides of this post. Thanks for sharing! I needed the reminder that I still need to spend time with God about what he has for me to do.

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  8. Love one another as I have loved you springs to mind!
    Gracie looks adorable too

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  9. Great comments Amy! (BTW, it's nice to have you back!)

    One of the Catechism questions we have taught our children is, "what is the chief end of man" (why are we here). The answer, "to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." (1 Cor. 10:31, Psalm 73:25-28) How do we do that? First, by obeying Him, spending time with Him, etc. but also in helping others. In the way that we "feed His sheep", "clothe them", etc. we glorify Him. We may not have a grand life here on this earth but for the believer, this is as bad as it gets, for we have heaven and Christ as our eternal reward!

    Thanks so much for sharing this, I know someone who will be touched by your comments!!

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  10. Thank you, Amy, for your brave and insightful post. I will tell you that a friend directed me to your blog today, and I am so very grateful that she did. I needed to read what you wrote, and I'll tell you that it touched me so deeply it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for being a light in this sometimes dark world, and for doing what God needs you to do. May God bless you and your family.

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  11. Golly, I am driving that same lost car. The last few years have been so incredibly difficult that I can only surmise God must have something in mind. Amen to you and peace to all.

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  12. posts have piled up in my reader again so i'm reading this days and days after you posted it. but it's still a wonderful post. reminds me of a bible study i did last fall on our annointing by God --- our purpose. it was great b/c we were beginning to see lots of changes in our life.
    thanks for sharing!

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