Purpose over Perfection

I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a tendency to seek perfection.  If you’ve ever been to my house when all my kids are home, and seen the chaos, you may disagree. But in my innermost being I often feel myself striving to be perfect. Or at the very least look like my life is perfect.  But it isn’t. Far from it. I mean it is good. Really good. Better than it should be based on all the mistakes I’ve made in my life, and the places I’ve let sin in.  Still it is good. Good because He is making it good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”   ~Romans 8:28

I am so blessed that He is using and re-working everything in my life, both good and bad, mistakes and triumphs, for good.  For His good. And because of that, I want to make sure that I am making every moment count. Living with purpose. Every day.

My days on this earth are numbered, and I don’t know what the number of days will be. I just know that I’ve already spent around 17,330 days here. And honestly I’ve wasted a lot of them. Unquestionably wasted them. Wasted them in sin. And then wasted them wallowing in the fact that I had sinned and couldn’t forgive myself. For days. And weeks. Months. And years. I know God can use that for good, but now I want to, as often as possible, give Him my very best to work with.  To make my daily purpose match His purpose for me.

If I live an average life span, I have about 10,000 days left to live.  Now, I’m praying I’ll be like my grandparents before me and live an above average life span, but there is no guarantee.  There is not even a guarantee of tomorrow. Only today. So I want to make sure that today, and each day, is lived amplifying God.  To increase the volume of His purpose for me in this world. To stop trying to make it all perfect. It doesn’t have to be perfect. He doesn’t expect perfect.  It just needs to be purposeful. His plan for living purposefully.

“We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.” ~Proverbs 19:21 (The Message)

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”  ~2 Peter 1:3

 

I don’t know that I have a magic formula for living purposefully other than to first recognize the He has given me everything I need to live with purpose.  I need only to wake up each day thankful that I am still here. Praising Him for all that He is doing to fix the things I have messed up, and asking Him, daily, what His purpose is for me that day.  To take the time to be with Him, and to wait for Him, and to listen to Him.

To daily (you can read about how I try to make this a priority here) ask, “What is my purpose today?”  

“Lord, what do You need from me today?”  

“How can I run hard at You today?”  

“Help me to not be focused on perfection, but to be focused on You, and Your plan for me.”

~In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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