The first step to living on purpose is to understand that you were born for a purpose. Despite what you may have been told or what you have come to believe, you are not an accident. You are not a mistake. God created you for a purpose. He loves you. He is not mad at you. No matter how badly you think you have messed things up, it is not so bad that God cannot fix it. You see, He had a plan for you before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4) Before he formed you in your mother’s womb, he had a plan for your life. (Jeremiah 1:4) It is a good plan – a plan to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) YOU were on his mind from the very start. The second step to living on purpose is believing all those things.
You have a part to play in your plan and purpose. It does not just fall into your lap. You must live on purpose to find your purpose. And if you do your part, God is faithful and He will do his part.
When I was 18, I never would have dreamed my life would be what it has been. I think that is the way it is for most of us. When we are young and our whole life is ahead of us we imagine it to be perfect…and we should – we have our whole life ahead of us! I imagined how I thought my life would be, but I didn’t take any action to make it that way. Circumstances and bad choices altered the course of my life and I found myself raising 2 kids by myself, barely getting by financially and depressed. I had been floating thru life, not taking action to achieve the things I wanted and wondering what was wrong with me. I knew I was a good person, but my life did not show it. That was NOT God’s plan for me.
The good news is, my story has a happy ending! I’m nowhere near finished but I know it will turn out good. It is already good. God has done amazing work in my life because I made the choice to seek Him and to take action against all the negative things in my life. If I did it, you can too. It’s not easy but it is worth it.
Here is my challenge to you for this week. Look up the scriptures referenced in the first paragraph. If you don’t have a Bible, you can google them. Read them every day this week – at least once a day. This will help build your belief.