I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
After church on Sundays, my husband and I take at least twenty minutes to discuss what we learned from the scripture that day. We reflect on what our priest discussed in his homily and talk about how we can apply it to our lives or an experience we have had that we can relate to the scripture. It helps us solidify what we’ve learned and it allows us to reflect together, which we both really enjoy.
As Christians, it is important to share the word of God with others and blogging about scripture seems like a wonderful way to do just that! Today on the way home from church, my husband told me that he thought it would be a good idea to share scripture lessons from church or bible studies from home with you all and I couldn’t agree more! I am eagerly writing this post and planning for more scripture related posts! I plan to upload them every Sunday so stay tuned if you are interested!
Here is my first instalment of what I will call Bible Study Sundays! I hope you all enjoy!
Living with purpose is something I believe that we all strive for. We want to find our path in life and go through all that life has to throw at us with strength and grace. We all want to make the most out of the time we are given. Despite our desire to live purposefully, there are times on where we fall short. We make mistakes and we don’t always learn from them. We waste time being fearful and bitter which inhibits us from moving forward.
I’m sure that at some point or another, we have all felt this way. We have all done things we aren’t proud of; things that aren’t rooted in honesty, respect, love, and integrity. We have all done things out of spite, jealousy, pride, and fear. We have all done things that God would not want for us on our life journey.
It is sometimes difficult to be a Godly person and live out our purpose when things in our lives get difficult, when conflicts arise with others, or when we face feelings of fear, insecurity, and stress. We choose instead to give in to those negative feelings and act in ways that are not kind and honourable. I have been in many situations like this. There were times where I was not living my life with purpose and focus (there are some days where I still struggle with this), but I was instead acting on the negative things I was experiencing. I wasn’t where I wanted to be spiritually, mentally, or emotionally, but I was willing to do very little to change it. I needed guidance but I refused to ask for it. I thought I could continue pretending to that everything was okay when in reality, I let all of the negative emotions rage inside me. There were points in my life where I felt as though I wandered so far off my path that I was losing my sense of purpose and sense of self. There were times that I let the negativity influence everything and I had no idea how harmful that could be to myself and others. I was wasting so much of my time and energy being bitter and angry and it took a toll on every aspect of my life. I was not living purposefully or gracefully like God wanted me to live.
I came across this verse in my bible that really resonated with me and made me reflect deeply on how negative I have been about life. It comes from Ephesians chapter 5 and it reads…
“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as unwise and witless, but as wise, making the very most of the time because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is” – Ephesians 5:15-17
“Live purposefully and worthily and accurately…[make] the very most of the time…” This is a wonderful message. Make the most of the time God has given you and use the time to be a positive, loving, wise, God-loving person. That is the best way and the most honourable way in God’s eyes to live your life.
I had been struggling recently with being stuck in a negative state of mind. I have been living in fear and insecurity despite all of the wonderful things that have occurred in my life. I see now that the time I spent being afraid or angry and bitter has been a complete waste and has not fulfilled me. It has not helped me grow and instead, it has led me to situations and choices that have caused me more trouble and stress. I have not been living with purpose. I have not been making the most out of the time I have been given, and I have not been as trusting as much as I should be in God’s plans for me.
The more I study God’s word, the more I am learning that living purposefully is not only possible, but it is the most eye-opening and fulfilling way to live. I am aiming each day to build a stronger relationship with Christ and I can honestly say that I am feeling better as I continue to learn and grow in His word. I am learning to heal and be myself again. I am becoming more passionate about staying the path that God has laid out for me.
I intend to always try my absolute hardest to live with purpose, strength, kindness, and grace. I will make the most of the time that God has provided for me.
I encourage you to make your time worthwhile and don’t let fear and anger rule you. Spend your days being the loving, compassionate, and courageous person you are because that is what will sustain you on your life’s journey. If you ever struggle, give your worries to God and He will help you through the tough times.
If you take life day by day and make decisions with faith in your heart, not a minute of your time will be wasted and you can feel confident that you are living with purpose.
Love in Christ,