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As you get ready to fall asleep, hopefully you are able to escape all of the demands of the day and begin your 7 to 8 hours of mental and physical rest. In these quiet moments, thoughts you and I usually can ignore pop up. Thoughts such as “did I make the right choice at work?” or “I wish I showed extra patience with the kids tonight”. Even deeper questions creep up such as what am I doing with my life and what really is my purpose? Even in our last moments of consciousness before sleep we can be looking for our purpose.
During college I fell in love with the funny and quirky movie Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts as Maggie Carpenter and Richard Gere as Ike Graham. In the movie Maggie is on her fourth engagement as in the past she runs away from her groom at the altar. She was enthusiastically the best and supportive fiancée however in the process she lost herself or possible never really knew herself.
Eventually Maggie begins a quest of discovering herself when she realizes her problem is not knowing who she is and what she wants to do with life. I love the scene when Julia Roberts has almost every option of breakfast eggs before her to sample, because with each fiancée she preferred different eggs. She was on the path of finding out who is Maggie Carpenter and what is her purpose. Until the character in the movie found her purpose, she couldn’t join her life with another person and begin a new journey.
As time passed I realized a part of me was similar to Maggie Carpenter, not knowing who I truly was. Looking back I can see certain areas of my life where I focused more on outside opinions and thoughts than on my own thoughts and God’s perspective. Once I realized this I began searching who I truly was and my purpose.
What if you find yourself in this situation, not knowing your purpose? I encourage you to take a journey with God to see from His eyes what purpose He has for you first. It wasn’t until I understood my purpose in God’s eyes I was able to truly be unique and quirky self. I am a wife, mother, child, sister, friend, blogger, emergency manager and the list can go on. However who I am at my core is even greater than all of those titles combined.
Here is one simple step to start with, read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. In the book he focuses on the three questions:
- Why am I alive?
- Why does my life matter?
- What on earth am I here for?
This book is set up with short readings over 40 days allowing you time to think and process. It is an easy read if you are not a book person. Also if you prefer listening Amazon has an audible version as well.
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