Our Purpose

Our Purpose

What is your purpose? This question used to be an obsession for me, but it’s one I think a lot of writers focus on. We connect with God creatively when we write and we so earnestly want to “add to the kingdom.” We want people to read our words to embrace belief, grow in their faith, be encouraged. This focus is filled with good intentions, but I think sometimes we focus on our purpose so strongly that we lose sight of God.

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

 

I was very focused on my purpose for years because I don’t want to disappoint God. I want him to be proud of me, to tell me when I see him that I did a great job. This is all good, right?

Not so fast. Did you see the subtle shift I made? From wanting to please him to wanting him to like me, to be proud of me? Did you notice the number of “me” statements there?

We want our writing to be a light to him so much that our purpose subtly shifts from him to us.  The truth is, just being open and asking God to use you is enough. Even as a writer, he may use you for things that aren’t very writerly. Our purpose, the thing we were put on this earth to do, may come from something we don’t even realize we are doing. We may write because he wants our writing to help us learn. Our words may be for us so that in another area of our life we can live our purpose and help someone else. Or, we may gain followers and tell them one tiny thing that we don’t even think about and in that small nugget is one that adds to the million other ways God is working.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Every once in a while people will tell you as a reader that your words have blessed them, and that’s great. Who doesn’t like that kind of feedback? But even when, we need to remember that if our words blessed them it was because God probably had been working on them in many other ways, too. I think when someone gives us a compliment in this way it’s God’s way of encouraging us to continue, of letting us in on the bigger picture of his world and purpose.

 

 

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Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.

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  1. Janet K Brown says:

    My favorite verse. Can’t get enough of dwelling on it. Thanks. This goes along with Lisa’s post about letting go.

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    Cherie Burbach

    Cherie Burbach Reply:

    I’m learning to lean on this verse more since my word of the year is “trust.”

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  2. I love this Cherie, ‘just be open’ and allow him to use us as he sees fit.

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