Posts Tagged ‘finding purpose’

Lovely, intelligent, wise, a woman of action… Hire her immediately! She is the woman we all want to be! She is the woman we are in our finer moments!  She kind of makes us feel defeated in our low moments! But keep reading, because Abigail’s Real Life was certainly not a picnic and she has good advice for Real Women like us, Real Truth worth hearing.

Abigail is introduced to us in the Bible in I Samuel 25. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+25  This is the story of a strong woman, her weak husband, and the future King of Israel.

On each Monday this month, we will look closer at four qualities found in Abigail that we can apply to our own personal challenges. Because we don’t want to just survive, we want to be a part of something that is great! So let’s get started!

Each of us has a very real purpose for waking up today and walking through it. Whether our day will include challenge or whether it is “just more of the same”, we can rest assured that God has a reason for us to be alive and engaged with today! Abigail had a firm grasp of reality and purpose, and this allowed her to do great things in the midst of adversity.

We sometimes think truly great things are only designed for others. We believe our life is not special enough to bring about great things. We think we are destined to be on the sidelines of great, not actually in the game.

But Abigail’s daily life certainly doesn’t appear to qualify as special or great. This woman’s daily reality was a mockery of marriage to a man who was beyond difficult. Nabal exhibited anger, harshness, and unpredictable behavior…this was not a good situation. Abigail might have wondered, what is the purpose in my presence in this household. What difference can I possibly make? I feel trapped and worthless!

How did Abigail find purpose? She knew her reality, and she also knew her God! In her dramatic interaction with King David, she mentions God at least 10 times. Her words point to an understanding of God’s character and His presence. Abigail’s daily reality, dismal as it was, actually moved her toward her God-given purpose. And it was in her daily life that she established the framework for greatness. In her daily life, she had proved herself as someone others could come to for help. So in the time of crisis, a foundation of trust was already in place. Her household believed in her and followed her direction as she put forward a plan to save them all from disaster.

We each are called to walk carefully within our own unique day-to-day lives, faithfully living with a grasp of reality and the living out our God-given purposes. With God’s help, we will be ready to do great things when the moment for action arrives! This was Abigail’s experience. By faith, this can also be our experience!

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

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“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 2:3-5

As I share my thoughts and heart today regarding the opposing ideas of ‘Purposeless vs. Purposeful’, my mind is overcome with the specialness of this time of year. A time when the whole of the United States celebrates Memorial Day! It is a time of reflection, reverence, and respect toward all the military who have been and currently are in service. It is a time when those who have given their all are embraced for their courage, their devotion, and their total commitment to something and someone they were willing to give their life for. It is a time when our men and women, who so bravely carry on their duties to protect each and every right of freedom for humanity in America are saluted for their acts of sacrifice from their families, their dreams, and their everyday life. This is how we celebrate Memorial Days here in this country, the land of the free.

These men and women exhibit the epitome of Phillipians 2:3-5. They are unselfish and humble. They have set aside or given up their interests for awhile, and sometimes forever, for they have truly placed others before themselves. THANK YOU for all you have done, and for all you have given! You are all appreciated much more than you know! As for us here, we salute you! We honor you! You have been an inspiration to those of us on the home front. You have exhibited purposeful lives, when in this world we see so many purposeless lives. You have been an example of the mindset and the heart of Christ, even though you may not have known it! May God’s Angels and His Blessings go before you; and may you know He is watching over You!

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