Have you ever felt like you are going in circles, doing the same things over and over every day? You’re going to work, coming home, making dinner, doing homework, attending sports practices, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, packing the lunches, maybe getting some sleep…maybe, and then waking up to do it all over again? Have you asked yourself lately what is my purpose? Why am I doing all of this, everyday? God, are you listening? What is the plan you have for me Lord?
These are a lot of the questions I have cross my mind many times throughout the day. I know that God has a purpose for me, but sometimes that purpose can get lost in the fog of our everyday responsibilities. It is so true what they say… “The days are long, but the years are so short.” Every time one of my children has a birthday, I think of this saying. Wow, how fast that year has gone, and sometimes we can look back at that year and see all the things we have accomplished for the Kingdom, and sometimes we can look back and see that we have been putting off God’s work for an entire year…or more. “Tomorrow, next week, next month is such a better time for me. I am just so busy right now with_____” (you fill in the blank). Just like our daily struggle to begin our diets, there is always an excuse to put our efforts off until another day. But what if God has put you in the exact place where you are today to have you fulfill his purpose for his Kingdom today? What if your purpose today was to reach out to that co-worker who is struggling with some family problems? What if you were the one who was supposed to feed the homeless man on the street? What if you were the one who was supposed to invite that family at the park to church on Sunday? What if you were the one who was supposed to help the elderly man carry out his groceries or visit him in the hospital? What if…and you missed your opportunity to fulfill your purpose because you were just “too busy” with other every day responsibilities. Sometimes even our responsibilities of helping with church events can lose their great intentions because we are focused too much on planning the activity. We are frazzled about the decorations, the food, the invitations, the theme, how many people are in attendance, and who did or did not help with the event, that we miss out on the message of the lesson, and we forget to apply it to our lives. I know that I have been guilty of this many times.
I see the example of Esther shining out in my mind when I see myself sliding on this slippery slope of only seeing what’s straight in front of me for today and not the whole picture. In Esther 4:14, Mordecai says, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”