I’ve been away from blogging for quite some time, but I wanted to return and record my thoughts, while reading “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. The Journal starts out by stating “Your life is a journey and a journey deserves a journal. You owe it to future generations to preserve the testimony of how God helped you to fulfill his purposes on earth. It is a witness that will continue long after you are in heaven.” I do enjoy reading and listening to Rick Warren, however, I don’t necessarily agree with all his political stances. But, I don’t read scripture for politics. I think it’s like going to a podiatrist and asking them to clean your teeth. Both professions are doctors, but fulfill a completely different study and approach to their craft.
“Write down for the coming generation what the Lord has done. So that people not yet born will praise him. Psalm 102:18”
What on earth am I here for?
Day 1: It all starts with God.
“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,… everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. Colossians 1:16”
Point to Ponder: It’s not about me.
Question to Consider: How can I remind myself today that life is really about living for God, not myself? I would say this question has been posed to me several times in the past year. I had my career, as a social worker, and had found a good job, with good benefits. I enjoyed my work and coworkers. When I became “sick” I was faced with ending my career and starting a new phase, which still feels quite uncomfortable to me. I admittedly spent a year or more, with a lot of anger and confusion, as to why I was “sick” and all that comes along with someone who deals with chronic illness. I still feel this way from time to time, but it became clear to me that I had to learn that I have a completely different purpose. I still haven’t quite figured out what my new life role will be, but I stopped trying to live my “old life”. Perhaps at the end of this journal, my purpose will become much clearer. But, I know that I can’t keep focusing on the what if’s and why’s, because that only focuses on myself. I need to start asking how.
“Prayer: Father, As I begin this journey, help me to realize that building my life around myself instead of you will only lead to emptiness and meaningless. I was made by you and for you, and I want to discover my purpose in you.”