The Secret to Living with Purpose & Direction

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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17

I like to think that everything that’s done is done with a purpose.  A reason that clarifies and establishes why it’s being done.  Because if there isn’t a beneficial factor attached to the things that are done in life, aren’t we wasting our time?  A very limited amount of time that should be spent by helping others and helping ourselves?  A time we shouldn’t take for granted?

It’s hard to ask yourself whether or not some of the things you do daily are actually necessary.  Why?  Because deep down everyone has that one unnecessary thing they don’t want to let go of.  Whether it’s playing a video game three hours a day or being glued to the TV half the night.  Or whatever other possible activity you can come up with that has no benefits whatsoever.

Related Read: 40 Things You Can Do Instead of Watching TV

Now, I’m not talking about hobbies.  Hobbies help us relax and give our mind a little break, a break it needs.  With that, I don’t mean you should now quit your day job and spend the rest of your life knitting or playing golf.  With that, I mean our body needs a certain amount of rest for it to function properly.  Everything with purpose and moderation, yes?

Related Read: The Pros And Cons of Hobbies

Anyway, what I’m getting at is this.  When you read the verse that’s printed at the top of this post, where does your mind wander?  Mine wandered straight to the endless hours I spend every day just sitting in my seat on the truck.  Where I overthink every scenario that has ever or could ever happen in my life, and I know it’s unnecessary and useless.  I know it shows little faith, and I think to myself, how can I possibly do something like that in the name of Jesus?  The answer?  I can’t!

Below you’ll find the points that I personally got out of this verse.

Direction

When you don’t know if what you do is considered right or wrong in the eyes of God, think about this verse.  Can what you do be done in the name of Jesus?  If not, it’s likely not something you need in your life.

Purpose

Looking at the other side of things, there are still plenty of things that can be done in Jesus’ name, and those things have purpose.  So, if you struggle with figuring out your purpose in this life, many of the things you already do daily, can and should be done with that purpose you’re searching for.

Motivation

When you need a reason for doing something you’re dreading, think about the fact that you could be doing it for God.  He’s done so much for you and doing things in His name can be your way of giving back.  With that, I’m not saying you can earn your way to heaven, but if you truly love Him, you’ll do everything you can for Him.  And, when you need that little boost of motivation, this verse can supply you with just that.

So that’s my take on this week’s verse.  I hope it motivated and encouraged you to straddle this coming week with a new zeal.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31


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