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A Fresh Perspective on Purpose

Two years ago I traded my 60-hour work weeks for a spot in my upstairs loft. From the desk that sits up there, I work as a freelance writer. But it’s not a 9-to-5 job. Shortly before making the career transition, I also married a football coach. And while we don’t have kids yet, we spend plenty of time getting our parental practice.
 
I live somewhere in between the typical categories of career woman, housewife, and stay-at-home mom. And it’s left me with lots of questions. Are the small things—laundry, blog posts, dinner, football games—significant? Am I more than a paycheck or to-do list? Is my life-mission a circle on a dartboard or a dimly lit road?
 
As I’ve asked these questions and a hundred more, I’ve learned that our purpose is this beautifully knotty chord woven together by our work, walk, and worship.
 
Our Work. In our fast-pace, purpose-driven culture, work defines our very existence. One of the first things we ask a new acquaintance, list on our bios, and share about ourselves relates to our job. How we fill our time from 9-to-5 matters.
 
It matters to God too because it’s a gift given from Him. Turn to the first few pages in Genesis, and you’ll see that God gave Adam and Eve a job (Genesis 1:28). They were to carry on the human race, cultivate the garden, and care for its inhabitants. They were managers and stewards over all God created.
 
If you boil down your day to its basic components, it probably falls into one of these categories. Has God called you to a season of motherhood? Then you’ve got your work cut out. Has God given you a cube to occupy or people to organize? Then you have a task to accomplish. Has God given you an opportunity to care for something or someone? Then you have mission to fulfill.
 
Work isn’t about a paycheck, a checklist, or a to-do list. It’s about a place where we can serve, a position we can steward, and people we can bless. 
 
Our Walk. From the very beginning of creation, we find man and woman existing in relationship. God formed humanity in the image of the Triune God (Genesis 1:26). He crafted Eve as a helper for Adam (Genesis 2:18). He invited the man and woman to walk with Him in the garden (Genesis 3:8).
 
Adam and Eve were called to carry out their task within community. Both were created in God’s image. Both received the same job description. Both walked with God in the cool of the day.
 
Woven into the essence of our existence is the need for and command to relate well with each other and God. So as we look at our lives, do we remember this part of our purpose? The way I talk to my husband matters. The way you discipline your kids is important. The time I spend in prayer is crucial. We were made for relationships. It’s the way we know God and make Him known.
 
Our Worship. Twisted into the twine of lives, our worship underscores everything we do. Our work becomes worship when done as a reflection of our thoughtful God. Our relationships become reverent when they reflect the triune harmony experienced among the Godhead.
 
We were made to worship—it lies at the core of purpose—and without it everything else feels empty. God created us to know Him. It’s the message of the garden, and it’s the mantra of the gospel. Man and woman were made to engage with a holy God.
 
So whether we’re filling out a spending report, washing dishes, or practicing solitude, God wants us to commune with Him. It’s the only way we’ll then be able to communicate Him to others.
 
Your life matters. Mine does too. Our ultimate purpose is to know the God who made us, gave us work to accomplish, and provided us people to walk alongside. And we can pursue His presence anywhere—in the grocery store or at the park, at our office or in the upstairs loft. Every minute matters if we’ll just look through a different lens.
 
How will you practice your purpose today? 

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