I started this blog post on June 5, 2016, but the theme is still running through my life consistently! The topic – my purpose.
My therapist pointed out to me years ago that I speak to myself in questions, so this post will be full of those. If you have any answers, please share in the comment section below!
Draft written 1.5 years ago:
Yesterday, the lesson was about my purpose, and God got my attention from 2 different devotionals and a conversation. What is my purpose? I’m asking myself that anyway, again now while I’m in between houses, and trying to find things to do to fill up my days. I met a woman a few nights ago who talked about her job in a way that showed passion and purpose. At the same time, I’m asking myself about writing this book – am I supposed to be using my time to do that? And how does my bent – the way I need daily interaction with people – how does that play into my purpose? What am I supposed to do with myself? Should I be looking for a job? Should I be volunteering? If so, where should I focus my energies? Once again, I ask myself what do I want to be when I grow up? Where do my previous work experiences lend themselves? To families, I think. To mentoring or some kind of teaching. But what does that look like around here? In this place in VA? Do I find a job to “tide me over?” What if I don’t want to, what if that doesn’t feel right? Do I do it anyway, as a way to meet people? (thoughts inspired by Edie Wadsworth’s blog post, Jennifer Lee’s blog post, Holy Experience devotional, daily devotional from YouVersion, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)
So here I am today, still asking the same question – what is my purpose in this, the second half of my life? I know the Westminster Shorter Catechism – “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” But as a Christ follower, I can claim this already, What I mean is, what am I supposed to do with myself, with my time? Where do I put my energies?
I lived the first half of my marriage as “Mom.” And I know that I will always be Mom. Therapists will tell you that this is not your identity, it’s simply a role. But after 26 years of it, it sure feels like identity. And now, with both kids grown, there’s a loss of this identity as it doesn’t take the time it used to!
I was recently asked what do I dream of doing? Problem is, I don’t really have a dream. I’m not sure that I ever had one, or even know how to.
Yesterday, I read a short book by David Ramos called What the Bible Says about Purpose, and I completed the shorter questionnaire, 5 Questions that Create Clarity. I put in writing some things I already know:
- I need to be in some kind of leadership.
- I need to be doing something with helping others.
- I need to be connecting with people.
- I’d like to still live in Florida, or alternatively, closer to my children.
- I’d like to travel.
- My closest friends live far away, though new friendships here are slowly developing.
- I’m still not committed to a church body.
- I might like to write a book. I’d certainly like to be more consistent in blogging.
- I miss public speaking.
So how does all of this help me? I’m not sure, other than it gives me lots to pray about, and lots to process.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17, NIV (emphasis mine)
I can relate. I struggle with purpose, too. I am finding it hard to get my new school group going. It just reinforces the specialness of the club at Evergreen. I also know I need to be around friends much more than my husband – a reason I cannot move to the cabin when we retire. Like you, I also want to write a book but have wanted that for a very long time and but now am not sure it is a realistic desire (for me). I think that for those of us who strive to make a difference, living a purpose-filled life is what we aim to do. But, sometimes I also think that there needs to be balance between living with purpose for oneself and living purposely for others. Does that make sense? Good Post. Glad you revisited the draft.
Thanks for your response, Carol. This issue of purpose for my life has been a theme for awhile, as you can see! Or maybe it’s about purpose in my life. Maybe it’s both.
I like my aunt’s response – just dive into something. Try it. Try something else if the first one isn’t right. Sounds like a plan!
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I love you Peg! I am very proud of the work you are doing through this blog with Christ. I am praying He continues to guide your dreams and provides your energy. Thankful you keep abiding in Him!
Remember John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
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