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In this season of my life, everything feels uncertain and overwhelming. Before all this brokenness, I thought I knew my purpose in life. But now, I’m not sure of anything. What I thought was my purpose seems incredibly far away, and maybe even nonexistent.

Last year, my word for 2011 was “secure.” I have decided my word for 2012 is going to be “purpose.” This isn’t a New Year’s resolution. It’s just my focus for the year. At first, I thought of it as trying to find my purpose. Where does God want me? What does He want me to do with my life? What is my purpose? I was going to figure out the answers to all these questions. Ha! Good one, right?

The more I thought about it, I realized no one probably has one specific purpose for their entire life. God has multiple purposes for each person, depending on where they are at in their journey through life. So instead of trying to find my one specific purpose, I’d like to spend 2012 trying to put purpose into everything I do. Whether I am writing a story for the newspaper, baking cookies, reading a book, teaching a class or visiting with friends — each area of my life should have purpose. Instead of searching for purpose, I want to put purpose into everything I do. I want everything I do — whether big and important or small and silly — to be for God’s glory, to somehow further His kingdom, to bring me closer in my walk with Him. And shouldn’t that be everyone’s specific purpose?

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