"Keep your eyes on the Lord, and you won't lose sight of life's purpose." --Our Daily Bread
When I read the above this morning I thought about my struggle with needing a purpose for my life.
Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists
To be human is to feel the need to matter and having a purpose fulfills that. We take our place in our families, our circle of friends, our jobs wanting to feel appreciated and that often means we need to earn that notice.
When I was younger it was easy to feel I had a purpose. I was a mother. In my eyes, that was purpose enough. I was busy serving in the church, too. It was great! But all those activities, when they brought me recognition, only served to engage my ego and kept me from having to examine my heart condition. I was serving others, after all. God was using me, I felt. What greater purpose is there than that! I failed to see what my real purpose in life was meant to be.
If my heart is closed to anyone, then it is not open to God. My only true purpose--the only purpose that matters--is that I love God with my whole heart, soul, and mind and my neighbor as myself. It's by keeping my eyes on the Lord--that is, my heart open to Him--that I shall fulfill my purpose because it is then that I shall be able to love.
Father, it is quite simple isn't it--just open my heart to You and You will set me free enabling me to love as You love. But it's not easy because of the distractions in life--my ego that wants to make everything else more important. So I pray that You will open the eyes of my heart.
Link to scripture: http://bible.cc/ephesians/1-18.htm
Take action: Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord