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Finding a Rhythm : Living Life On Purpose

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Largely, I feel like life has no real rhythm. Partially because I don’t make the effort to incorporate hard and fast routines and partially because our lives have never lent themselves to it. We love adventure and spontaneity. We love to leave opportunity to call an audible. We love to leave space open for people because precious lives are more important than anything we possess on this earth. We tend to fill up our lives right to the brim and while it is largely with great stuff, at times I can wonder where all of my time is going.

Two months ago, we got a puppy. He was four months old at the time. This meant a 4 month old bladder which sent my life way out of rhythm. I know, I know, he’s just a puppy, but he interrupted my life in a big way, and I was taking my new responsibility all too seriously. I tend to do that. Any rhythm I had established was out the window and most everything suffered, my writing included. Maybe I was looking for an excuse. This writing stuff, it’s hard. It got easy to blame it on the dog, to hide behind a crazy schedule and let all of this go.

Fast forward a couple months and our little pup is growing tall. He requires a lot less attention, but there I still sat. Staring at this blinking cursor, at these half written blog posts and finding myself increasingly frustrated…at myself. I had forgotten that I could find rest in God as I had been exhausting everything I set out to do in my own power. It can be so easy to live life, but living life on purpose is a different thing entirely. It takes a certain amount of intentionality with our time. How we spend it and who we give it to.

We have some of the busiest four months coming up. One glance at our calendar gives me small rushes of anxiety. It’s all good stuff. But it’s a lot. Later this week we take off for my home. The great state of Oregon. We will be spending time with friends and family. I cannot wait. I hope to go in a little worn out and come out recharged and reloaded with purpose. I hope to find rest in God. As much as I love spontaneity, my next four months, even in the midst of our busy, will be focused on finding my rhythm. On living life on purpose.

I wonder if you have ever felt the same way? If your responsibility and commitments has stepped in the way of rhythm. If distractions pile up and any vision for living your life on purpose has all been all but blurred? I wonder if you know your purpose, but every lie and doubt has crept in and talked you out of being who you were created to be?

I love that we serve a God of second chances. One who created us on purpose and for a purpose. One who is patient but refuses to leave us like He found us. One who calls us His own. One whose name is to be proclaimed in all the earth. I can forget this when I think this life is all about me. About my talents and my hard work. About all the things I have or haven’t done. I can forget that we serve a living God. And that through Him we can find true life. I’m making a choice today to step back into these promises.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:1-4

Living a life on purpose can only be done by staying connected to our living God. It’s less about finding a rhythm by myself and more about establishing a rhythm in Him. Join me as we enter a new season. As we step into the fall and the season shows itself through its changes, remind yourself that He truly is the reason for it all. Find a rhythm in Him and He will establish His purposes in you.