YOUR PURPOSE IS CONNECTED TO YOUR PAIN
Do you remember when you were ready to step into your purpose and really begin to see your life change for the better? I certainly do. I remember being super excited, pumped up, and ready to go in with both feet and head first. Nothing could stop me. My energy was high and I wanted to do everything I could to be what God had called me to be and learn everything I could so that I could do it well.
Does that sound familiar to you?
As I continued growing my business there were many things I learned about creating and building a business, but as a Christian entrepreneur, there were many lessons that I didn't hear or learn from others. I admit that for a while, I was following whatever blogger or industry expert said was the best thing to do.
But here's the thing. I wanted to live out my purpose and I wasn't sure how to do that or what it looked like. It sounded great, but when I woke up in the morning, what was I supposed to be doing? How was I supposed to move past the challenges that kept coming my way and stay motivated in the process?
It took a lot, and I mean a lot of h-a-r-d trials to really understand what my purpose was really all about and how everything I went through was for the perfecting and revealing of my purpose.
I want to share with you today, how your purpose and pain are connected and work together for your good.
YOUR PAIN PRODUCES YOUR PURPOSE
If you think about the analogy of a woman who is in labor, she must travail in pain before she gives birth. But, when it's over, there is joy! In Ephesians 2:10, it says, We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God before had ordained that we should walk in them. We are God's workmanship and it is incumbent upon us to walk in our purpose and do the work that God has assigned you to do.
So what does purpose look like and how can you translate that into your everyday life. Your purpose is your intelligent life work. Because God is intelligent, everything that God placed inside of you is for you to bring God's intelligence into the work that you are assigned and equipped to do.
So when you think about your purpose, think about what is your intelligent life work. This doesn't mean you have to think about what area you are the smartest, but think about what you believe God has placed you here to do. If you're not sure, I have a worksheet in my online resource that can help you work through discovering your purpose.
COMMITMENT TO YOUR PURPOSE WILL CHALLENGE YOU AND YOUR FAITH
When you are committed to fulfilling your purpose, there is a way that it is going to be revealed to you. Most of the time, your purpose is revealed to you through your pain. When you know who you are and whose you are, then there is nothing that happens in your life by happenstance or accident. So we often miss out on the opportunities to understand what is the purpose that God is trying to birth you because you can't see past your pain. So don't allow your pain to close your eyes to the opportunities that God is trying to present to you to perfect you for your purpose.
I want to encourage you that whatever pain you have experienced, it is not designed just to create great, agony, and frustration in your life. God creates these events in our life because He wants to show us a more excellent way that we should take in life, but our mind has to shift into the position of accepting what God allows.
You have been grieved by various trials. That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes. Though it be tested by fire and that it may be found to the praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:7).
YOUR PURPOSE REQUIRES STEADFASTNESS
When trials come, and they will, it is about your faith being rooted and unshakeable so that you can stay the course for your purpose. When you go through trials, don't concern yourself with the outcome because God has already planned your way out and your victory. The most important thing to realize is that your victory is in the process. This is where your character, trust, strength, and joy is perfected and made complete.
If you reject and resist the process God is taking you through, you will experience anxiety, frustration, and grief. It is more joyous to take heart in what God is doing because everything is working for your good.