You Have a Purpose (ii)

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13
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January 22, 2024

Have you ever woken up, feeling like you don’t know what to do with yourself today? Working as a teacher, this doesn’t often happen as the day is mapped out for you in one-hour blocks. The weekend too has its regular pattern, including football, church and family times. Life has a rhythm.

We have been thinking about purpose. Last we considered how we can make daily habits a part of our rhythm. Do you have rhythm?

Some say I don't. This can be evidenced in my dancing, my clapping and my guitar strumming. I wish I had musical rhythm – maybe this is a skill I could learn! My lack of rhythm has a negative impact on those around me who are in step with the beat.

Jesus made prayer a regular part of his rhythm. He woke early to pray and often took himself off to be alone. Jesus also taught his disciples to include prayer, forgiveness, generosity and many other habits to be part of their rhythm. Wherever he went he repeated the same pattern – he healed those who were sick and taught about the kingdom of heaven. That was his purpose. That was his rhythm.

Today, I challenge you to look at your rhythm. What are the regular activities and habits that you do that bring order and stability both to you and those around you. If you have developed a poor rhythm, make today the day that you seek help to learn to live in rhythm. Make connection with God part of your daily habit. Decide what is going to be a regular part of your life. Live on purpose.

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
James 1:22 says "Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says." How can you live out the challenges set, or share the encouragement from the post today?
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