On New Year’s Day last year I went to Starbucks and spent some time reflecting on life, and I ended up writing what I deemed my manifesto, a vision document for my life. I needed to sketch out a picture of the purpose of my life, and I’ve found it’s been helpful to refer back to it from time to time to see where I’m drifting. Am I allowing my time, energy and attention to dissipate into a hundred different distractions, or am I marshaling all of my resources into what I understand to be God’s purpose for me in my current context of life? Inevitably I find I have to keep making course corrections as I have lost focus or balance in some area.
The day to day grind of life has a way of wearing down our vision and sense of purpose. The endless loads of laundry, the long slog of a daily work commute, the mind numbing repetition of our work and daily chores can make us question the meaning and significance of our lives. It can seem to take every ounce of our effort and strength just to make it through the day, and we stumble into sleep knowing we have to do it all again tomorrow. We are tempted to find an escape from this daily tedium through TV or social media but we find that instead of being refreshed by the entertainment, we feel more weary and fatigued by the time we spend there. Or perhaps we look out over our news feed at a world that seems out of control and wonder what difference our seemingly small and ordinary lives can possibly make.
We are dependent on the work of the Spirit to keep alive in us a view of the purpose of our lives, to pour divine life and power into us so that the young shall see visions and the old dream dreams. May God marry our dreams and our daily chores together into a focused pursuit of his unique calling, purpose and plan for us. You are not here by chance but because God created you and chose you, and he has equipped you to fulfill his purpose in this day.
As a final word of caution, when we think about pursuing God’s purpose for us, we should not lose sight of the primacy of our relationship with him. We are not working feverishly and frantically as his servants but are collaborating with him as his children and friends. We work out of a place of rest and acceptance, not to earn his approval or to try to merit special favors. We know our name is written in the palm of his hands and so we are not trying to make a name for ourselves in the world.
by Steve Lamp
Steve and his wife Melissa began attending Kingsway in 2014. Not normally prone to public displays of emotion, he wept during the first worship service and knew he had found home. As an avid reader, Steve believes the ideas we allow into our minds are critical to our spiritual formation. He enjoys exploring nature, playing and spending time with his two young sons and over-quoting his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and Dallas Willard.