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Calm My Anxious Heart: A Faulty Focus

In the Chapter “A Faulty Focus” Linda Dillow says that a woman who knows her life purpose is likely a woman of contentment.

She described a young woman who knew her purpose in life- it was to know Christ and to make Him known.

I was moved by the simplicity and the enormity of such a life’s purpose written out in 7 words that make up a narrow, yet vast statement all at the same time.

It’s all about CHRIST-narrow.  It’s ALL about Christ- vast.

“A woman who knows the meaning and purpose of her life,” says Linda in this chapter, “lives with a fixed focus and not a faulty focus. “

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Eph 5:15-17 details how we are to wisely walk through life with purpose- and focus.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

A good way NOT to be women with a faulty focus is to define your own purpose statement for your life.  I think about it as a statement that represents your passion and your ultimate goal.

A couple years ago ,while I was recovering from mastectomy surgery, I was blessed by a friends who lent me a book called, “The Path”, by Laurie Beth Jones .  This author also highlighted the benefits of carefully thinking through and putting on paper a life purpose statement.

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After intently going through a series of word and thought exercises, with the help of a dear friend who knows my heart, I was able to articulate a mission statement for my life:

Encourage and Inspire the hearts of women while reflecting the heart of God.”

I specifically say “women” in this mission statement since I wrote it to pertain to my professional speaking ministry. But taken out the less targeted statement reflects my mission in life, not just in my ministry, but in everything- “Encourage and Inspire- Reflect God”.

Praying and thinking through this process was so important in helping me put direction to my heart’s desire and passion in life.  Now when faced with endless opportunities and choices on how and where to spend my time, I now have this focus to hold up against activities and opportunities and ask myself,

“How will this conference, training, event, Bible study or book equip me to better serve my mission?”

Additionally, having this specific mission statement also helps me remember NOT to fill up (schedule) all of my time.

I call this having “margin” in my schedule- in my day in my life.  It’s a blessing and it necessary so I can be available to encourage others and reflect God’s heart of love, mercy, understanding and compassion.

How about you?  I wonder where you are in a process of knowing and articulating your life’s purpose.  I hope you’ll be encouraged to pray and ask God to give you a verse or series of words that reflect your heart and your passion to build a mission statement around.

For me the words  God put in my heart were, “Encourage, Inspire, Reflect.”

My life’s mission verse is Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

I’d love to hear from you.

Please share your life mission in a statement, a series of words or a scripture.

In Service & Hope,

Karen

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