I just started a new book for my church book club, and it is more of a bible study journal. The cover is pretty, but I was a little hesitant it would speak to me. It’s called Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for Living Well. I often feel a little lost and bored reading versus and attempting to understand them (is that horrible), but just want someone to put it in layman’s terms…or just tell me what I should be learning and feeling, like my favorite Jesus Calling devotion.
However, once I started reading the verses it gave me, I found I couldn’t stop. I was only supposed to read a couple, and skip around as it instructed, but I found myself wanting to read the entire story. And guess what. It spoke right to me.
How many people wonder if life is meaningless, if what they are doing day today is meaningless, when we don’t really know the ultimate purpose…we can’t literally “visualize” where this life ends. That’s what faith is, but it doesn’t make it easy.
I often get overwhelmed at what my purpose is and if I’m on the right path…if I’m doing what I’m meant to do in this life. Why did God put me here? What hat am I supposed to be wearing? I also find myself feeling pressure to be successful, prove myself and the paths I’ve chosen, by earning a bunch of money, providing for my family, being the perfect mom, raising super smart and well behaved kids. I set big shiny goals, but ultimately know that can’t be what leads me.
So what do I do when I am feeling overwhelmed with my purpose and goals? I try to remember to turn to God. I try to remember that I don’t need to know the end, that I’ve made the decision to trust His guidance. I don’t need to dream of the recognition of success in my business and my children, I may set big goals, but the “titles” and “money” absolutely cannot be the focus. As a child, Solomon was asked by God what he wanted, he was told that he could pray for anything and God would give it to him. It wasn’t wealth or riches he asked for. At that young age, he had the wisdom to ask for help leading his people, that God would help him know the difference between right and wrong and to give him a discerning heart. Wow, imagine being given the option to pray for anything as a child, and simply asking for guidance and leadership.
That spoke to me, because that has become my goal. Each morning, I pray for guidance and patience in raising my children. Before I start my business, I pray God gives me the words, helps me reach the people I’m meant to touch, and helps bring me the people that are meant to help me live out His purpose. It’s amazing what happens when I’m focused on that.
Here’s a verse to remember:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
You don’t need to seek out the money, the success, the gold. If you are living your life with God as your focus and seeking his righteousness….the blessings will automatically start pouring in.