I have been given a Purpose

Take My Life and Let It Be by Frances R. Havergal

This song filled my mind as I thought about purpose yesterday. My prayer for purpose, for vision. For living. If you click here, the link will take you to a youtube version of Chris Tomlin singing. Hope it blesses you today.

  1. Take my life and let it be
    Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
    *Take my moments and my days,
    Let them flow in endless praise.
  2. Take my hands and let them move
    At the impulse of Thy love.
    Take my feet and let them be
    Swift and beautiful for Thee.
  3. Take my voice and let me sing,
    Always, only for my King.
    Take my lips and let them be
    Filled with messages from Thee.
  4. Take my silver and my gold,
    Not a mite would I withhold.
    Take my intellect and use
    Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
  5. Take my will and make it Thine,
    It shall be no longer mine.
    Take my heart, it is Thine own,
    It shall be Thy royal throne.
  6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
    At Thy feet its treasure store.
    Take myself and I will be
    Ever, only, all for Thee.
I have been given a Purpose

Purpose Beyond Talent: A Guest Post by Dana Romanin

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

I’m going to let you in on a little secret—I’m not a good writer. Well, at least not a good technical writer. My grammar is less than desirable. Commas totally confuse me. I won’t even mention semi-colons; they just plain frighten me. And I don’t even think I’m all that smart. The simplest thing can throw me for a complete loop. Ask anyone that knows me, I give off a “duh” vibe quite often. Of course, that may be because my mind is off in a world of make-believe most of the time. And that, my friend, is why God has chosen me to write, because that way He gets all the glory.

I know He has purpose for me in this writing adventure beyond anything I could ever imagine. Things I could never do in my own strength or knowledge. Look at Moses, he was a murderer and a bad public speaker, but God used him to lead His people out of Egypt to freedom. The Bible is full of examples of how God uses average people to do amazing things. Don’t even get me started on David, Peter, Paul, etc. The list could go on forever.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m getting better at recognizing punctuation errors (except those I may have missed in this post). God has and will continue to give me the tools I need to accomplish His purpose for me. For example, He’s guided me to Grammar Girl.  She has counseled me through many a confusing punctuation rule. So whenever I feel totally perplexed by a dangling participle (I still haven’t quite figured that one out. I think it has something to do with having a bad cold), I remember that God’s in control. His purpose is far greater than mine and as long as I follow Him I’ll be a success. Of course, that success may look differently than I imagined it would, but that’s a whole other post.

Dana lives in a small town in Virginia with rolling hills, mountains, cows, and the occasional peacock. Ever since she was a little girl she’s wanted to make God smile. Back then she read Him jokes from her 101 Bug Jokes book before going to bed. Now she wants to make Him smile by making others smile. Her true passion is to inspire teens to follow God. She enjoys writing young adult novels and serving as a youth group leader. She has three kids and a wonderful husband who all make her smile. You can find her at www.DanaRomanin.com

 

I have been given a Purpose

I Have Been Given a Purpose

 

For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. —2 Cor. 5:4-6, NASB

Reading this gave me chills. I was doing a search to Biblically define life’s purpose. I was thinking more along the lines of the Westminster Short Catechism—“to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Don’t get  me wrong—I think that’s a correct statement, but this verse jolted me right out of the here and now, out of the practical applications that we all crave, and into an eternal mindset. What is God’s purpose for me? Did you see it up there? Right before the pledge, which is the Spirit, we have a statement of intent. He prepared His people to be ‘swallowed up by life.’

Isn’t that glorious? SWALLOWED up by life! LIFE! Not just pinched by it, not nipped, not tickled by it. But swallowed. Completely.

My everyday living and doing varies. Today I’m on my own, which is very rare in my busy household. But today, God’s purpose for me is life. Tomorrow, all four of my children will be around, we’ll be hanging out together at a horse show, and then we’ll come home hot, sweaty and smelling like an arena. But in all that, God’s purpose for me is life. In several days I will see a friend I haven’t seen in a decade. I’ll meet her sweet family, spend several days reacquainting our lives while we revisit sweet memories of the past. And in all that God’s purpose is life.

Not that I will fully know it. Paul said that we groan as we look forward to leaving what is mortal in exchange for the eternal. But in the days in between longing and fulfillment, I get to look forward to it. Imagine it. Rehearse it. Life. Eternal life.

Because He has prepared me for that very purpose.

Note: Please join me in continued prayer for our lovely friend Susan. The process of moving has her occupied again this week. We’ll look forward to her wisdom another week.

I am a trophy of grace

Not Left on the Shelf

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. ~Philippians 1:6-7 NASB

Partakers of grace. That’s a different kind of trophy. Not the kind that is won, set up on the shelf, and left to collect dust. We, the prize of Christ, the proof of His power and of His grace, are also instruments of that very grace. Commissioned to participate in His Kingdom not only as jewels to His crown, but as citizens and ambassadors of His love.

I received a dictionary about twenty years ago—a nice one. Hardback, embossed with my name and everything. It was a prize, a trophy of sorts, for an academic achievement. It’s the only trophy from my high school days I still keep on the shelf. Not because I use it to brag about accomplishments long since won, which is not the point of this post, but because it’s useful. It doesn’t serve merely as a decorative dust-collector. It has a commission in my life and continues to be useful.

Jesus didn’t win us to His kingdom simply to put us on His display shelf. His love and good intentions go so far beyond that. We have been called to display His character to the world. Called to bring Him praise with everything we do. We’re a unique kind of trophy. Won for His glory and commissioned with purpose.

Has the dust begun to gather? Seek His kingdom. Participate in His gospel. Approve the things that are excellent. Let Him fill you with the fruit of His righteousness. Partake in His grace.

There is much to do. Praise God, His grace does not leave us on the shelf.