In our house, we’ve been talking a lot about purpose. What is God’s purpose for us? Why did he make us all different? How do we know when we’re following the path that God wants us to take?
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to explore these questions in a very literal context. I took a path that I had never taken before, and it led me right up a mountain. (Literally. Right up a mountain!) Climbing Camelback mountain with my dear friend Becky helped me to answer these questions.
What is God’s purpose for us?
I believe God’s purpose for us is to enjoy the journey on our way home to Him. I believe He wants us to climb, to pursue, to experience, and achieve. He didn’t put us on this earth to “play it safe.” We have to actively pursue works that utilize the skills, talents, and abilities that He has provided. For some, this is physical strength and athleticism, for some its smarts and intelligence, and for others its empathy and intuitiveness. Our innate gifts, given to us by God, were bestowed upon us so we can do the work of His hands here on earth. Climbing the mountain helped bring this to light for me.
Why did God make us all different?
As Becky and I navigated the “trails” leading up the mountain, it was clear that we each brought a different perspective and skill set to the table. For the first leg, I happily followed Becky’s path, allowing her to guide the way. As we climbed further and the path became steeper, we reversed roles. At times, we even opted for different paths all together.
Our unique perspectives, our God-given gifts, helped us to see different ways to arrive at the same destination. I had a tendency to forge ahead, head down, just looking at the next step. I was determined to climb as high as I could, as quickly as I could. My friend Becky was much better at looking ahead, looking around, and really evaluating which path was safest and smartest before forging forward. Many times she’d remind me to slow down, look at the path ahead, and to stop and enjoy the vistas! God made us all different because each perspective is needed, and He wants us to need one another. Together, we become His Church, and we are far more capable collectively than we are alone. My trip up the mountain was so much more enjoyable, because Becky was with me, sharing her perspective!
How do we know when we’re following the path that God wants us to take?
He gives us signs! Sometimes these signs are blatant and obvious, and other times they’re more subtle and require our “gut” to proceed. Don’t believe me? Check out all of these great “God Moments” with stories sharing God’s signs!
For Becky and I, as we navigated the mountain, we looked for trail-markers indicating that we were on the right path. Numbered posts indicated when we reached a milestone, and in between the posts, we could strain our eyes and find small bits of blue paint on the rocks indicating which direction to go. I believe God uses a similar system. We all have milestones in our life. High School Graduation, marriage, children, careers, retirement, birthdays, etc. In between these major milestones, the path can be a little fuzzy. We may need to strain our eyes a bit to look for God’s signs. His signs are present though, and when we pray and invite Him to guide us each day, they’re easier to see. Praying a Prayer of Transformation is one way to open your heart to see and feel God’s nudge in the right direction.
As you pray and think about God’s path for you. Here a few verses to meditate on”
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. -Ephesians 4:1
For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says, Do Not Fear; I will help you.- Isaiah 41:13
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10
I pray you enjoy the path…