Purpose // Five Minute Friday — 27 Comments

  1. When my oldest was an infant, I had this conversation with a friend a few years older than myself. She reminded me that our first purpose is to Love God. And right after that, it’s to love others. I think we fulfill our purpose well when we do, as you explained, and we live our lives to the fullest—loving God and others—even in the mundane. Beautiful post!

  2. I so enjoyed your post, Barbie. It is a wonderful reminder really to follow that saying “Bloom where you are planted.” I believe that there is so extraordinary opportunity even in the ordinary. It doesn’t keeps us from the wonder and doubt, but day by day I God leads and reveals.

    Don’t you think this Friday’s prompt was very timely? It seems we all have been really able to run with it. I know it struck a chord with me.

    Have a blessed week!

    • I’ve read so many great responses to this prompt. Purpose is definately something that everyone is searching for at some level. Thanks for stopping by Kelly.

  3. Great post, Barbie. You surely fulfill that purpose through your writing here; I’m sure you’ve helped many, many people see God’s love and glory.

    My life is now absent so many of the things I thought were my purpose, but I’ve found that underlying every aspiration was something deeper, the desire to give hope to others, even when it seems lost to me.

    I’ll just do my best.

    31 at FMF this week.

    Great post, and I can SO relate!

    Illness has forced the need for rest upon me, when before I had been active from waking to grudging sleep. I resented it for a long time, until I realized that rest was working on me in a constructive way, changing my outlook and priorities.

    I still push as hard as I can when I can, but the times I can’t, I no longer hold in loathing.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    • Andrew, you inspire me greatly, the way you consistently offer hope and encouragement to others although your own need is so great. I continue to pray for you my friend.

  4. Yes! This is what it all boils down to, isn’t it? “My purpose is to reflect Christ in all that I do.” Even when I fail, my desire still returns to reflect HIM in everything. Thanks for these good words today!

  5. I think most of us want to “leave our mark” and at 65 years of age, I think about that daily. Good to reconnect with you today.

  6. So much THIS: “In the meantime, I believe my purpose is to love God, and be loved by Him. It’s to know God and be known by Him. Does anything else really matter?” I want to be a beacon of love in this world. I’m in the 6 spot this week.

  7. “I believe my purpose is to love God, and be loved by Him. It’s to know God and be known by Him. Does anything else really matter?

    Wow, that hit me like a ton of bricks!

    • Thanks for reading Melissa! That quote was inspired by Mike Bickle in his book, “The Seven Longings of The Human Heart.” Blessings!

  8. Yes, these words today… they confirm something I’ve struggled with all week and now here is the truth again to remind me. “My purpose is to reflect Christ in all that I do…” Amen! Thankful for you today!

  9. Learning to lean into Him to see our purpose can be hard, but he is faithful. You are a light in a dark world, just keep shining His light and you’ve met your purpose!

    • That’s so good Anita. I’m supposed to be reading through The Message this year, and have gotten behind. Yes, the Father is my goal too! Blessings!

  10. Barbie, this is a beautiful post! I have been pondering the mundane as well this week 🙂 May our lives be a reflection of Christ in ALL that we do. Blessings!

    PS – Absolutely stunning graphic!

    • Thank you so much Joanne. I’m not much of a photographer so I enjoy creating my images using free images from various places on the web.

  11. I struggle with knowing exactly what I want to do too! There’s so many things I want to claim as my purpose but it is as you say- our purpose is to praise God and live as a reflection of His love. I can think of nothing better, really!!

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