Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Purpose/My Mission

I love how the Bible so clearly answers deep heart questions, and no doubt, many of us have wondered about our purpose; our mission. Many books have been written on this. It can seem overwhelming and confusing to some, especially if we let the world influences answer.
As I was reading John 15 (Jesus is talking about being the true vine and our need to dwell in Him),  without much thinking, I underlined vs 8 "By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit." ; and I wrote above it "My purpose - that my Father is glorified. 
A little further in my reading I underlined vs. 16-17 "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide....so that you will love one another."  Above this I wrote "My mission - bear fruit so that I may love others." 
I then asked a question that kind of scared me...
"How do I glorify God?" The scary part for me was the underlying thought - "If my purpose is to glorify God, how do I do that? What if I can't; what if I fail?'"
I really was afraid to ask this question!!! 
However, I did and when I did, I couldn't believe how quickly He answered me...

"These beautiful nighttime clouds do not work to bring glory to ME, they just do what I created them to do....and I am glorified in them."

The stunning colors of an ocean sunset doesn't work to bring glory to ME, it just does what I created it to do...and I am glorified."


These children do not work to glorify me, they are made in MY image, enjoying MY creation and I am glorified." 
 May be this is simple, but to me it was such a beautiful word from the Lord...I will glorify Him by being who He created me to be...and it really is that simple. With my gifts, talents, weaknesses, opportunities, and passions I can walk out this purpose-that He be glorified! 
Now, the second part, my mission, becomes pretty easy...to bear fruit that I may love others. I can't bear fruit on my own, which is why the LORD speaks of abiding in HIM. I am made in His image, to bring glory to Him and have been enabled by Him to walk out my mission...to bear fruit. 
What a perfect time to be studying Elohim...the Glorious Creator of all!



    Now to those photos - WOW! GORGEOUS!

    YES - be who He created us to be. That simple!

    Love it!

    Blessings and thanks for sharing all of this tonight! :)

    Blessings and hugs - praying for Caresse!

  2. I love this! So simple...I had not thought of it exactly like that before. Thank you for sharing! :)

  3. such a wonderful reminder!
    thank you....

  4. I love it! Thank you for sharing- so peaceful, so beautiful- I need to bring more glory to God but your post gives me hope- maybe I'm not doing as bad as I think I am.

    Thank you Shonni!

  5. Amen. So beautifully put Shonni, and the pictures are equally as beautiful

  6. Shonni,
    Absolutely beautiful!

    Our staff just took a course on our life mission. I have to say I was dreading it cause I primarily just stay home with the kids...so what could I possibly do....but I learned so much about me (I know, I know, 51 and you would think there would be no surprises, right?)....and I was able to develop a mission statement for me. I was so tickled.....anyway, someday I may share...but for now, I just think your post was beautiful!! And the pic of the kids in the water - gorgeous!!

  7. Thank you for a great start to my day!

  8. Thank you for reminding us as to where we need to be focused!
    Praying for Caresse!
    Please let us know how she is doing!

  9. Your words may have been simple, but VERY powerful! Your insight truly blessed me today... thank you. For years, I struggled with feeling inferior, inadequate, or whatever b/c I was "just a mom". Several years ago, someone spoke words over me during a prayer time that helped me realize this is my calling. Once I embraced it, my life has not been the same. Crazy, but oh so wonderful & it's all b/c of Him! Blessings ~ Dardi

  10. Shonni,
    Thank you for putting this so beautifully! I have often struggled with my "mission", always wondering if there is 'more'...more than being a wife and a mom. I have realized that in my attempts to label myself, I have put a gracious and amazing God in a box.
    What a gift we have in His Word to learn each and every day more about Him, more about ourselves. I know in my life, God has used the adoption of our daughter to grow me in ways I did not think possible and I am so incredibly thankful.

  11. Amen, beautifully put! Thank you for the reminder. Blessings to you today!

  12. The Lord has been teaching me these same things. Thank you for sharing your heart.


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