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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Walk with a purpose…

Many are the plans in a persons heart,
    but it is the Lord
s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

I was having a purely secular conversation with someone who told me they always “walk with a purpose.” She meant that she tries to stay busy, and doesn’t really understand people who waste time. I appreciated her action orientation; her desire to make the most of every moment. She is purposeful. But is she living live on purpose?

William Blake, wrote “I myself do nothing. 
The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me. 
This reminded me that I walk with a purpose, 
though not one of my own making. I don’t need to 
walk with a purpose. 
I already had one when He formed me in the womb.

We don’t mean to waste time, and I do not believe that our lives should be spent doing anything but living life to the fullest; glorifying God in all we do. I desire to live my entire life fully aligned with God’s purpose for me. I have a responsibility to live that life because I know better. When you know better, you must do better.

It’s not enough to just be a good person. There are millions of good, decent people not living according to His purpose.  Good is not enough. We make plans. Millions of good people make good plans. Our good plans are nothing when compared to the Master Planner. It may be our plans, or our sense of purpose that gets in the way. Remember surrender?

I remember reading William Blake, who wrote “I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me. This reminded me that I walk with a purpose, though it is not one of my own making. I don’t need to walk with a purpose. I already had one when He formed me in the womb. All I needed to do, all I need to do, is show up.
At best, I am an empty and transparent vessel. At best, I am surrendered; hidden, praying to be deemed useful to serve my purpose. Not the one I plan, but the one to which I have been called.

Lord, I want not to walk with my purpose, but to be surrendered; available to You. According to a Buddhist proverb, if you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep walking. I understand, Lord. I know better, so I can do better. I am drawn.  I am called.  Committed to surrendering to Your purpose, I am reminded that You are good.

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