KEEPERS CORNER: WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
I have a child that suffers from depression. She is only 13 and has dealt with it her entire life.
Daily activities almost prove to be too much for her at times. She needs encouragement throughout the day to stay focused and to keep going.
Children are no different than us when it comes to depression, being overwhelmed, or having spiritual battles.
But as parents it is our responsibility to guide them properly.
We need to show them how to use the Bible, pray, and live a life that God desires for us.
Today, as I reminded my children of their purpose in life.
Their purpose, much like ours, is not to do all that we desire but instead to live our life serving God. This involves denying ourselves of what we want or think we need.
As women we serve our husbands and children before we typically serve our self. We would give the shirt off of our back to keep our child warm. We would throw ourself in front of a car in order to save them.
As women, we put the needs of others before our own. It is easy to see our purpose as the keeper of our home.
But yet, for many it is not so crystal clear what their purpose is, especially for children.
Society pushes children to create goals of going to college and making money, or making a name for themselves.
But Christ has a bigger purpose for us.
We were made for much bigger things, even if we do not know it at the time.
First and foremost, we must live out our daily lives doing our best for the glory of God.
God may never reveal His purpose for our lives, but we must, rest assured, that as long as we’re doing our very best for Him and by serving Him; we are fulfilling that very purpose.
Regarding my daughter who suffers from depression. She feels like she has no purpose at times and this is where I must encourage her.
In encouraging her, I tell her often and reminded her today that she was wonderfully created and there is no mistake about that fact.
Secondly, I told her that God’s purpose through her may come through her own struggles.
And once she has overcome her struggles, she will been equipped to encourage others, and that her purpose may be serving in the ministry of serving and encouraging others who are just like her (suffering from depression)
Dear sweet ladies, may you be encouraged that you, too, are created for a very distinct purpose.
There is nobody else like you and that God, “who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”