I was blessed with an opportunity to visit Sandy Cove Ministries in Maryland. While there, a friend and I were watching the ducks out on the Chesapeake Bay. I was awestruck by the majesty of God’s creation that surrounded me. When I commented, “look at the ducks,” my friend replied, “they’re fulfilling their purpose.” Her profound statement made me think about my own purpose in life.
Purpose is a buzzword that’s tossed around quite a bit these days. What does it mean? Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines it as: deliberate intention, to come to be, or to bring forth or forward. Webster’s Dictionary defines purpose as the object toward which one strives, or for which something exists, a goal.
Have you given serious thought about what your purpose is? Why were you created? What purpose has God ordained for your life?
I’ve noticed many people who don’t know their purpose, or are unsure of their purpose think they don’t have a purpose. Just because you haven’t discovered what yours is, or don’t have a clear picture of what it is, doesn’t mean you don’t have purpose. Purpose isn’t just for pastors, preachers or other church leaders. If you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, Child of God, you have purpose. Your job is to seek God to discover what it is. You must be determined to go after the very heart of God to discover your purpose.
How many times have you purposed to do something, only to let it fall by the wayside? Remember all of those New Year’s resolutions you promised to stick to (i.e., lose weight, start an exercise program, organize your files, wake up earlier to spend quiet time with the Lord)? Closets, attics and garages are crammed with unfinished projects we’ve purposed to get around to doing…someday. Have you noticed that as soon as you purpose to do something, up pops one distraction after another that veers you off course? Some distractions are easily recognizable. Other distractions such as over commitment and procrastination are more subtle. Satan has more confidence in your future than you do. That’s why he works so feverishly to keep you distracted from your purpose.
Out on the pilings by the pier at Sandy Cove, an osprey had built a rather large nest. Curious onlookers, picture-taking bystanders, speed boats, and drizzling rain didn’t distract this bird from fulfilling her purpose. She sat patiently hour after hour waiting for her eggs to hatch. At one point I thought, how boring it must be sitting there day after day without making any progress…waiting…waiting…waiting.
When I returned to my room later that evening and gazed out the window at the bay, the osprey was still sitting on her eggs…fulfilling her purpose, even though she couldn’t see as clearly because of the darkness. After the first hour or two, most of us would have grown restless and given up when immediate results hadn’t surfaced. Some of us would have given God a hand and poked holes in the eggs to hasten their hatching.
Waiting can cause doubt to seep into the recesses of your mind and spill out into your speech. There’s a reason for the wait. As you wait, God is orchestrating circumstances so things will work out in your favor.
Whether you know it or not, you’re pregnant with purpose. It takes time for the baby to develop in preparation for the birth. I don’t know about you, but there are some things I’ve been waiting on God to do for quite a while. But I don’t want to birth anything prematurely only to see it placed on life support. The passage of time can make waiting difficult. But like the osprey, I’ve committed to wait while I do what God has called me to do. Waiting is a part of fulfilling purpose.
I encourage you to hold on. Think about it. Every time you get up in the morning, you’re fulfilling purpose. Each breath you take brings you further into purpose. As you grow in intimacy with God you move closer to purpose. Isaiah 43:7 says you were created to give God glory. The Lord has equipped you for, and given you the power to fulfill His purpose for your life. He’s committed to get everything out of you He’s put in you. Furthermore, His promises assure you that you’re destined for purpose.
While you wait, you must avoid the tendency to throw a pity party when it seems as though nothing is happening on your behalf. You know how we do. Woe is me. Mama, Daddy and Aunt Pookie were all right. I’ll never amount to anything. Why even bother trying? God doesn’t care about me. He’s just like everybody else. He’s forgotten all about me, too. The devil is a liar!
Child of God, it’s time to call an end to your pity party right now. Wipe those tears from your eyes. Serve Satan his eviction notice because he’s trespassing on God’s property. Go find a mirror, look yourself straight in the eye, and begin to encourage yourself with the Word of God. Say I am a vessel of purpose. God promised to perfect the things concerning me (Psalm 138:8). My best is yet to come because His Word says the end of a thing is better than the beginning (Ecclesiastes 7:8). I’m destined for purpose (Romans 8:28). God will complete the work He started in me (Philippians 1:6).
When you walk away from the mirror, know that you’re on the path to purpose. Then, every morning when you wake up, ask God to reveal, and help you fulfill His purpose for your life that day. It’s time to start living in and on purpose. May the favor of God rest heavily upon your life as you fulfill His purpose!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson