Today I'm linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. This week's word is PURPOSE.
I know there are many people who search for years -- a lifetime, even -- to find their purpose. Why did God put them on this earth? What is their calling? How can they find out what they are really meant to do?
When I get up in the morning, I do not need to look far to find a purpose. Sometimes, one of my purposes has crawled into bed beside me and is laughing when I open my eyes.
My purpose is to be a mom to two kids. At the moment, two teens. They are both on the autism spectrum and have some significant challenges -- yet they are as different from one another as night is from day. Allison (18) is quiet, introverted, a gifted writer and thinker. Jonathan (14) is loud, smiley, and snuggly, and still loves Barney and the Wiggles.
I don't know what the future holds for them. Then again, I don't know what the future holds for me or my husband. That's in God's hands. Right now, my purpose is to be there for my kids, day by day. It's difficult at times -- but it's also kind of simple. Supporting them is the priority. What other people think, what other parents are doing, what other kids their age can do or are doing: none of that matters.
My purpose is not out there somewhere; it's right here. Today I pray for God's strength to fulfill it, and to keep fulfilling it for as long as He is giving it to me.
photo by Michelle Vandermeer, June 2014