1) Proverbs 19:21 (NIV); 2) Acts 13:36a (NIV)
1) Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. 2) Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.
These two texts are used as the basis of the proposition that God has a purpose for each individual believer and living out that purpose creates a meaningful and fulfilled life.
When you think about it every generation has its own set of problems unique to that time, and God calls on each generation to meet His unfolding plan in new ways.
However, what really spoke to me was the first line of Proverbs 19:21
‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart’.
We live in a unique time, a time of freedom, of great abundance, and many options in life.
If I was to rewrite Proverbs 19:21 for myself, it would say –
‘So many are the things I can do and have, the Lord’s purpose is in danger of being forgotten’.
This idea fits well with C3 Carlingford’s 2020 Vision. – ‘Make Room’.
To ‘Make Room’ for something new, you must let go of something old. The idea of our life as a series of ‘furnished rooms’ is an elegant metaphor. Making room implies you need to take inventory and toss out unnecessary things from your rooms.
With reference to – Day 40— A ‘Life Purpose Statement’ can not only define your purpose but help you take inventory of your ‘crowded rooms’ and clarify what to throw out.
For me personally, I will be considering how I spend my time. Am I wasting my time on meaningless pursuits? I will be starting with this test. ‘If I don’t have time for regular devotional prayer and reading of the ‘Word’ then I will know I have rooms that need clearing out’.
Lord, enable us through grace and wisdom to make the changes required to ‘live with purpose’.
Written by David Newton