Finding Your Purpose

What a heavy load to carry right? Find your purpose. Find the one thing that you were created to do. Figure out what God made you for… WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW? Purpose and finding my purpose really got me off track for a long time. My intentions were good. I wanted to know exactly what it was that God was calling me to do so I ran and chased anything and everything I thought it could possibly be. I have to work in ministry. I have to be a worship leader. I have to work at a huge company and climb the ladder there… There was one thing in common about all of those adventures I ran on… “I.” I never stopped long enough to ask the Lord if this was the direction He wanted me to go in. I just knew in my heart that if I didn’t have something great to say to people when they asked “So what are you doing these days?” or something amazing to post on Social Media, that it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t doing enough. I wasn’t enough.

Over the last few years, I have walked around a big mountain. A big mountain of constant change and transition. Over and over and over again. Only to land back in the place where I started wishing that I would have never left. But in the circling of that same mountain, the Lord was faithful to teach me and show me so much about purpose and my purpose.

Our purpose is not about the place, it’s about the people.

It doesn’t matter where you find yourself right now. Our purpose in life as believers is to point people to Jesus. Whether you are a server or CEO of a company.

Our purpose is not our title.

It doesn’t matter what the little line under your name on your business card says… or even if you have a business card. It’s still about people.

Our purpose is not about being known by others

I am not going to lie. This was a hard one for me. I grew up in the spotlight and on the stage. Whether that was cheerleading, dancing or singing, I was always performing to get the approval of others or to win the prize I was competing for. My greatest passions are to write and lead worship and sometimes it’s hard to do that when you feel invisible and like those doors just won’t fully open for you. Like you get a taste of it and it seems like the Lord is opening that door… but then you wake up and it’s Monday again and back to the same routine…What if we could learn to not dread another Monday?

That may seem impossible to some of you and trust me I have lived many years dreading Mondays. But what if I told you and really believed it that you didn’t have to live that way? That you don’t have to wake up to your weekday alarm and dread the day ahead. That your entire goal in life is not to just get to the weekend. That the only way you are going to be happy is when you reach that goal, or get that job, or get married, or have kids or your dream comes true… whatever it is for you.

You don’t have to dread your life. When we can fully understand that our purpose in life does not depend on our place of work, our job title, or being known by others there is a supernatural peace and freedom there. When we can wake up and be grateful for where the Lord has us right now and ask Him to use us right where He has us today there is peace and freedom there. When we can make ourselves available to the Lord and be obedient and willing when He asks us to do something there is an amazing sense of purpose there. When we can fully understand that purpose is always about people and pointing them to Jesus there is true fulfillment there.

So as you start your week. As you are waking up on this Monday, I challenge you to thank God for where He has you and ask Him to use you right where you are today. Ask Him to open your eyes and ears to those around you that are searching for something… something you have and can give. Be available, Be willing and Be obedient. Step out in faith with the Lord and just watch what He will do.
I hope you have the best Monday ever.๐Ÿ’œAshley

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