Most (probably all) of us have had times in our lives where we wonder why we are here. Did God really want us in THIS place at THIS time? Place in Purpose is a book filled with tips to help us figure it out. Kathryn Lang’s passion for helping people understand their purpose is evident in every word.
We all know how important a strong relationship with God is in all aspects of our life, but do we really work at it? Do we read our Bible as often as we can? Do we talk to God as if He were our best friend? Do we pray God’s Word back to Him? These are all keys to God revealing answers we seek. We won’t know His voice until we get to know who He is.
Serving others is an area I have been trying to grow in. It doesn’t come naturally for me, so I really enjoyed these tips:
“Pray before you act. Spend some time with God talking about the work at hand. Talk to Him about the people involved. Talk to Him until peace and joy abound in your heart about the situation or activity.”
“Set the martyr free. You are not the only person that can do it. You may not even be the very best that can do it. The world will not cease to revolve if you choose not to do it. Your church will not collapse if you have to step aside. It is not on your shoulders.”
I think my favorite section was about decluttering our homes and lives as I love an uncluttered home. Ms. Lang includes many personal stories and one was about how most of her family’s possessions were in storage after tornado damage to their house. Once they didn’t miss many of the items, her husband said, “If we don’t make a place then there will never be room for the blessing to come.” They let go of a lot to others who could use it. This idea is true of our time as well as our stuff. If we want God to work in our lives, we need to give Him space.
We all need to be intentional in our relationship with God and in discovering our purpose. When we put God first and develop a deep friendship, we hear Him speak and feel Him move. There is nothing He wants more than to have a close relationship with us and to show us our place in this big world!
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