Live life on purpose. Doesn’t everyone do that? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? But to live life on purpose will mean that everything we do is on purpose. Nothing can be thought of as an accident. I didn’t mean to blow up and have a horrible argument with the one I love, it was an “accident”. I didn’t mean to steal the office supplies it was an “accident”. I didn’t mean to cheat, lie, steal, enter whatever thing that pops into your mind, it was an “accident”. We must come to the conclusion that we actually do live life on purpose therefore we choose what we do in our lives. We choose to be kind, on purpose. We choose to be hateful or jealous on purpose. We choose to give in and say every thought that comes buzzing through our minds or we choose to control our tongue, on purpose. We must do things on purpose not just haphazardly live our life doing whatever we think and want to do regardless of the consequences. We must live on purpose, we must bite our tongue when our husband wants to know what we have done all day, when he has no idea how many people we juggle. We must choose to forgive everyone, on purpose. It is not an accident to forgive, forgiveness takes effort. I know there are some horrible things that have been done to people and it will take huge effort to forgive but forgiveness is something that is done on purpose. We live on purpose. We choose to be one way or the other, it is on purpose. We must realize that everyday. It is showing the love of Jesus when we don’t want to. It is dying to ourselves and asking for forgiveness. It is being kind and closing our mouth even when we have one more thing to say. Or when we want to be the smart one or the clever one instead, we must live on purpose and die to self. Dying to self is showing the love of Jesus on purpose.
What do I do with the times that are out of my control? Death of a loved one, loss of job, loss of a house, a tornado or flood and etc. Those are not choices, I have nothing to do with the outcome. Right? I control my emotions and my attitudes on purpose. If I crumble under adversity then I have, on purpose chosen to be defeated. I am not saying we aren’t allowed to be sad or upset but we are not to be controlled by our emotions. There are some days that I feel I can not accomplish one thing, like I am going around in circle’s from one person or emergency to another. Not doing one thing on my list, and I am just dealing with one person and situation. So how can I make sure that I live on purpose during these times of feeling like I am pulled in one situation and then another? I asked the Lord this and He reminded me one of the things I live by. I periodically draw a box. In that box I put the things that I believe I am held responsible. Some people call these things values. You can use a pie form or a list. But write down what you are responsible for or who. I have a small list right now. Taking care of my parents and my little girl takes a lot of time. I have about 4 things in my box and family is one of them. If there are things that I need to do, I look at my box, does it fit in there? Then the yes or no reminds me what I am supposed to do. I live on purpose by choosing to accomplish only the things that on in my box. House cleaning is not one of them. That was just a bit of levity, I know that to keep a house clean is to take care of my family but it is on the bottom of that list. If I need to have a tea party with girlie then I will do the dishes later. I run a business and it is in my box but it fits around my family. Growth is in my box, but it fits around my family and my business. I choose to live life on purpose by choosing what is in my box and the level of importance those things take. I always tell my adult boys, you choose what your money does by telling it what to do not it telling you what to do. I still feel guilty for not accomplishing everything that is “needed” but I have to remember I live life on purpose I choose my priorities they don’t choose for me. In every area of life we must live on purpose. We must, I must choose to live on purpose. Are you living your life on purpose? What are your values? What is on your list? Are you valuing the things on your list on purpose or are you living life as if it is all an accident? Chose to live life on purpose.