Tuesday, February 19, 2019

How to Live Your Life Purpose: Surrender, Part One

Have you ever wondered whether you are living up to your full potential, particularly as you straddle the doldrums of parenthood? If so, I invite you to join me in my newest series entitled, "How to Live Your Life Purpose." In the coming months, you'll discover how living your life purpose can be divided into six different movements or steps. Last month, I introduced the first step, which is longing. This week, I'm introducing the second step, which is surrender. Subscribers to my website will get exclusive material from this series emailed to them, so be sure that you have subscribed here. Last week, subscribers received the story of my personal call to ministry!

As we have been exploring, the first step to living our life purpose is understanding longing. Given our multi-dimensional lives, it’s crucial that we create space for introspection to unpack the source of our longing as we strive to live our life purpose. When we do not take this time, our longing abides; we live with full schedules but thin souls. Keep in mind that thin souls result even when our schedules are filled with good things, as long as they are not the best things. 

Author Lysa TerKeurst takes up wise decision-making in her New York Times bestselling book The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in The Midst of Endless Demands. She describes a scenario that perhaps you will relate with too:
In this great day when most [people] wave banners of authenticity about our pasts, we crouch back from honesty about our presents. We’ll tell you all about our broken places of yesterday but don’t dare admit the limitations of our today. 
All the while the acid of overactivity eats holes in our souls. And from these holes leaks the cry of the unfulfilled calling [or purpose] that never quite happened. We said yes to so much that we missed what I call our ‘Best Yes’ assignments — simply because we didn’t heed the warning of the whispers within that subtle place…
I miss Best Yes opportunities sometimes because I simply don’t know they’re part of the equation. I get all twisted up in making the decision to check either the Yes or No box, not realizing there is a third box that reads Best Yes…
A Best Yes is you playing your part [in God’s plan]. *
Lysa’s words underline the concept that life purpose brings direction to our lives through the choices we make.

Direction and fulfillment hinge upon the quality of our choices. {Click to Tweet} Undergirding Lysa’s whole premise is the realization that our Best Yes opportunities, or best choices, stem from surrender. We discern them by seeking God’s will. We are selective in our scheduling to create space for what our Creator has destined for us. In other words, we’re not building our own vision of our lives; we’re allowing God to inform our choices so that we can increasingly embody his plan and reflect whom God created us to be.

In the next few weeks, we’ll explore the essence of surrender and what it asks of us. Surrender is not foreign to Jesus’ discussion of the pearl from step one either. The merchant had to sell everything he owned to grasp it. Living our life purpose demands that we put pursuit of God’s call before everything else too. Our goal is not self-serving, but God will reward our effort all the same, which I'll discuss in later steps. For now, stay tuned as we unpack surrender through scripture, another contemporary author, theology, and continued elements of my personal story.

* Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands (Nashville: Nelson Books, 2014), 5.

Questions to think about this week: Do you resonate with the expression that it's easy to live today with a "full schedule and thin soul?" What forces contribute to your full schedule? How do you experience a thin soul? 

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