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January 2014, Purpose in Life

June Hunt

Purpose in Life

Our God is a God of fresh starts and new beginnings—from the morning sunrise, to the changing seasons, to the passing years. And so we begin 2014 . . . together. What an honor!

For some, the prospect of fresh paint on a new canvas represents one of life’s most welcome adventures—another opportunity to be all God created us to be . . . so that we can do what He calls us to do.

What about those who aren’t sure of their purpose in life? If you’re among them, you understand the intimidation of a blank can­vas—or another year’s worth of blank calen­dar pages. Do you wonder, What if I’m missing God’s call on my life? How can I know His purpose for me?

If you find yourself fac­ing these questions today, there’s no better time for answers . . . not from my perspective, but from God’s perspective. After all, He created each of us individually, with a specific, personal, unique plan for our lives. The fact is:

Notice first that, in Ephesians 2:10 the apostle Paul says, “We are God’s handi­work, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God calls you to a purpose—to do good works—“tailor-made” just for you. And He gifts you with all you need to accom­plish that purpose.

Secondly, remember God doesn’t play games with your life. He wants you to reach your full potential, and He provides the means for you to discover how. The Lord actually says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).

Next, receive the assurance He gives in Philippians 4:6–7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God will give you peace as you humbly ask for direc­tion . . . thanking Him for all you’ve learned through the hard times.

Fourth, as you yield your spiritual gifts to God, He will faithfully use them to accomplish His purpose for you. We all have different talents and abilities, and we need to make sure our plans align with our aptitude. “We have dif­ferent gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Romans 12:6).

Finally, remember this: “. . . the wise listen to advice” (Proverbs 12:15). God has placed people in your life to serve as wise guides, advisers, and encouragers. Tap their reservoir of counsel and guidance.

If you are unclear about God’s specific purpose for your life, spend ample time in this first month of the New Year asking Him to reveal His plans for you. Write your answers to these questions: What is your passion? What has brought you great joy in your work? How could you best serve others by fully using your God-given gifts, talents, and skills?

Ask God to prepare you to fulfill the purpose to which He has called you. Your outlook on life is sure to soar as you achieve the unique purpose God has set for you. And as you pray, these additional steps will help you identify your specific God-given purpose:

Step one:

Evaluate which situations have brought you success or failure, excitement or boredom, fruitfulness or frustration. God uses all our experiences—whether positive or negative—to steer His children in the right direction. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

Step Two:

Look for doors of opportunity to obey God—to do what He has called you to do today. “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land” (Isaiah 1:19).

Step Three:

Wait for God’s timing. Typically, we want our marching orders NOW! But sometimes God is grooming us for better things—not yet in place. So He tells us to wait patiently . . . serve Him faithfully . . . where we are currently. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Step Four:

Define the essential goals that will help you achieve your purposes— goals that are: (1) specific and reachable, (2) not dependent on others for success, (3) in line with God’s will, and (4) designed with deadlines for com­pletion. The Bible says, “Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” (1 Corinthians 14:40).

It would be hard for me to close without sharing one of my very favorite Scriptures—the theme verse for our ministry. I pray it will minister to you as you trust God to reveal His best for you . . . this year and throughout your life: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Remember! No one who has ever lived or is living now or will ever live can accomplish your unique purpose. This is something only you can do . . . something only God can do through you.

Yours in the Lord’s hope,

June Hunt

“No one who has ever lived or is living now or will ever live can accomplish your unique purpose. This is something only you can do . . . something only God can do through you.”

In closing this month’s teaching with this quote, I hope that you will take it to heart . . . because nothing could be more profound than this simple truth.

God has created you “to do good works.” Whether it’s hands-on ministry to the lost, the sick, the hurting—kind words of comfort and encouragement—or giving of yourself to the benefit of others . . . it’s your special calling.

And there is a wonderful benefit to the one who does “the good work.” Not only does he or she feel a sense of accomplishment, but there is an even greater sense of obedience and worship in carrying out God’s plan.

Such are the responses from those who faithfully support Hope For The Heart. The good that is accomplished through our daily broadcasts, the counseling resources that are given to those in need, the Care Representative who prays with a caller—all of these carry eternal value to the people who have discovered “His Light” after years of living in the darkness.

In light of these needs, would you consider making a monthly gift to Hope For The Heart in 2014? Your monthly gift commitment will allow us to better prepare for the ministry opportunities that God has placed in our path for the year ahead.

Please join with us as we move forward in faith, knowing God is at work—bringing healing and comfort to those searching for hope!

Adapted from: Hope for Your Heart: Finding Strength in Life’s Storms

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