The cold winter months following Christmas have always been the most challenging time of the year for me. It seems that there is not much to look forward to until we get into spring. Although I still have my regular responsibilities at work and at home, I miss having an exciting goal to work toward.
Experiencing a loss of purpose can also be felt on a grander scale. Before I went back to school, I struggled to discover my purpose in life. When that lost feeling descended on me, I knew I could turn to Scripture. Reading God’s Word can help provide confidence that we do have a purpose, regardless of our situation in life. In Philippians 1:21–22, Paul says, “To live is Christ . . . this will mean fruitful labor for me.”
Paul is explaining that, no matter our situation in life, we are called to Christ. Jesus has given us a specific purpose for our lives, and all we need to do is listen. Here are a few suggestions on keeping this higher purpose on your heart and mind:
Although there are still days where I struggle to see it, I know God has given all of us a purpose in our lives that we can pursue joyfully. As we move through this winter season, even if you experience some feelings of being lost, know that God will always call you to where you need to be.
In closing, as Paul said in Ephesians 1:18–19, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”