The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is … Purpose. You can click at the bottom of this post to get to Kate Motaung’s site and read all that has been shared on this word.
In watching her approach the car, I knew it had been a rough morning in school. There wasn’t the usual delight expressed in her facial expressions. In its place was a somber and saddened countenance.
The ride home was quiet until she finally began to share from her car seat behind me, “Mimi, it was not a good day.”
She continued to explain what had gone wrong, presenting a laundry list common to a toddler who just does not want to listen to what they are being told.
And then came the words, “I did it on purpose.”
Could she be right? In questioning her, it became clear she truly knew what she was doing.
And she continued, “But I don’t want to be told what to do. I want to do what I want to do.”
Yes, it’s he problem of every man and woman to walk the face of this earth.
We talked the remainder of the ride about obedience and listening, concepts she fully understood yet the struggle in her little heart apparent.
How many times have I fallen and done things my own way, on purpose, not wanting to be told what to do or needing to obey? Toddler and adults alike face the challenge of obedience.
David in repenting of a grievous sin, prayed:
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”
(Psalm 51:12, NLT)
Even a willing heart, one willing to obey God and others, comes from Him. It grows and develops as we intentionally spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. It won’t come without a struggle.
Yet Scripture brings this assurance:
“… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13, NIV)
Praying that both her heart and mine will surrender our purposes for His.
May we purpose to do His purposes alone.