Thursday, September 19, 2019

How to Live Your Life Purpose: Joy, Part Two

Today marks our final life purpose series post on the blog. We conclude with another reflection on joy after last week. If you are a subscriber, you will receive the culmination of the series and my story in two weeks over email. To make sure that you don't miss it, subscribe here!

Next week I am welcoming bestselling children's book author Glenys Nellist back for a special interview and giveaway. Her newest book, The Wonder That Is You, celebrates the gift of a new child and God's purpose for their lives! It's a special series tie in. Stay tuned on Monday!

The joy of living in response to our calling or life purpose is echoed in theology. Read theologian and pastor Donald McKim’s description of calling. He writes:
We can live as anticipatory people, as people standing on tiptoe, eager to see what or where God is calling us to next…In word and witness, mission and ministry, the possibilities for God’s work in Jesus Christ are limitless. Yet we, limited as we are, are blessed with the grace of God’s call to be all we can be as God’s people and to live out our vocations in whatever directions we are led. That is real excitement. It can be real joy…So we rejoice in God’s call to us. We live confidently, creatively, and expectantly to see how God will use us as a people who seek above all else to do God’s will. *
We trust in God’s goodness and enjoy playing a part in his plan; our joy stems from that relationship.

Importantly, God’s plan does not just involve our own lives. Popular secular literature often encourages us to live into our full potentials for our own benefit; but God’s eye is upon each of us and his entire creation. Therefore, participation in his plan will contribute in some fashion to his larger redemptive mission too. This has the potential to unlock greater personal fulfillment for our work.

Though there will be joy and fulfillment in our obedience, there will be difficulties on our journey. Rev. Dr. McKim acknowledges that even as he describes the joy associated with our calling and God’s work. He states, “There can also be suffering and struggle. But we do not struggle alone. The One who calls us is faithful.” * Paul concurs. Whenever I’m tempted to get discouraged, I cling to his words in Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” God can use temporary setbacks as setups for something better when we have faith. 

I hope this series has equipped you to consider how God might be calling you and take action in your life. I hope it allows you to experience the joy of your Creator by living exactly as he designed for you. Our Creator does not require perfection and there will be bumps in the road, but he has ordained you with promise. Make no mistake: God is offering YOU the pearl. Adventure awaits!

You can read more about my life purpose journey by reading my article for my writer's guild. Discover the struggle and subsequent joy of my calling, along with biblical support for female ordination too.

Donald K. McKim, "The ‘Call’ in the Reformed Theology," Major Themes in the Reformed Tradition, edited by Donald K. McKim (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1998), 342-3.
* Ibid.

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