Numerous changes are going on in my life. Posts will appear for the next three days to share them with you.
When change inevitably arrives on our doorstep, our ability to accept it is directly related to our perception of whether the change brings us closer to or farther from reaching our goals.
Life has laid an extraordinary number of life changes on my doorstep in recent years. Each change brought something different:
• the delight of sharing something valuable
• the excitement of open doors
• the disappointment of closed doors
• the agony of waiting on thresholds
My level of acceptance conincided directly with my perception of its relation to my goals. My goal was to fulfill what I believed to be my purpose, which I based on the personal ministry laid before me by the Lord about ten years ago:
… to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ …
~ Ephesians 4:12
But goals and ministry and purpose are all different things. Furthermore, even if I accurately understand my ministry, I can fail to set a primary goal that coincides with my Father's goal for me.
The Father's goal, always, is to make each of us more like His Son Jesus.
Lesser goals must dovetail into that goal. If they lead in any other direction, or if they become our higher goal, they must either be released or will eventually prove idolatrous—even if they are otherwise good and worthy goals.
And so, when change arrive—change in circumstances beyond our control—it can be examied through the lens which has its sights set on one of our lesser goals, or through a lens sighting in God's goal.
Perception makes all the difference.
Planned for Tomorrow: Change, Part II – Purpose and Place
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