Mar 03 2017

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How to Live Life on Purpose (Not on Accident)

The Five Minute Friday word is purpose.

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How to Live Life on Purpose (Not on Accident)


I leisurely walk out into the living room, in my pajamas. I hadn’t eaten breakfast. I’d worked in my office, but I was far from being ready for the rest of the day. I glanced at the clock. 10:45. Then, I remembered. I have an appointment at 11:00. The adrenaline rushed through me. I’m going to have to get ready—and fast. I whipped on my clothes and, with the help of my husband, ran out the door with a coffee and a snack. I forgot about the appointment. That was an accident. What I needed to do next, once I remembered, was on purpose.

Everything from that moment on was directed toward getting out the door. All the other thoughts I had about doing something else faded away. I had the goal in mind and had no problem letting go of the rest. That’s how I was able to get ready in 5 minutes. Yep, my hair was in a pony.

When I think about living life on purpose, I think of the One who was always about his purpose. He had laser beam focus. He had a joy set before Him. Jesus knew what he was about. We care called to keep our eyes fixed on him. (Philippians 2) That’s how to live life on purpose.


What is one area you can choose to live on purpose today?

Living on purpose is knowing what is important and letting the other “stuff” go. I’m not great at letting go, but I’m finding that I rarely get to the important if I don’t keep it in focus.

For me, I want to purpose to take care of myself. I’m better at thinking about taking care of those around me and have a harder time at taking care of me. Rest. Silence. Filling my soul and mind. It ain’t gonna happen unless I purpose to reserve time for those essentials. The funny thing—when I take better care of me, I’m better equipped to care for those I love.

I love Aimee’s encouragement for taking care of body, mind, and spirit.

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  1. Heather bell

    It’s true. I’ve been there too! What we could accomplish if we were always focused on our purpose! https://writeitout2017.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/five-minute-friday-purpose/

    1. Cheryl

      It is my endeavor to live on purpose. God knows I get easily sidetracked — I’m glad to not be alone in the journey.

  2. Liz

    Love this! The idea of living on purpose and with purpose, remembering the best Example of this ever. (Your FMF Neighbour no. 62)

    1. Cheryl

      I’m so happy Jesus not only gives me the best example but helps me too. Thanks for stopping by.

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