I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase – living a purpose-driven life. Sound good, right? But does it seem a little far away while you’re super busy raising your family?
Motherhood is a funny thing. It’s the most amazing experience on the planet, and one I wouldn’t change a bit! But it’s also one of the most physically and emotionally draining seasons of life – hands down.
As a matter of fact, I just cleaned up 3 pretty big messes in the last hour! All made by my lovely kiddos. All accidents.
And guess who cleaned ’em all up? Yep, you guessed it!
Right now my life is smack-dab in the deep trenches of motherhood. My three young children have what seems like an endless supply of needs and wants…
But that’s motherhood – and totally what I signed up for. I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change a thing.
However, it’s just too easy to lose ourselves along the way in the crazy season of raising a family.
So how do we live each day wiping runny noses, helping with homework, endlessly picking up toys, breaking up fights, having cuddle time, shuttling our kids here and there – and still live a life that’s filled with purpose?In other words, after all we give out being wives, mothers, and women - how to we find the path to a purpose-driven life? And what does that even mean?Click To Tweet
What is a Purpose-Driven Life?
A purpose-driven life really starts with the foundational understanding that we don’t “just exist.”
We are created beings who all have a purpose with specific gifts and talents through which we express that purpose.
I’ve always been passionate about the idea of purpose and strongly believe I was chosen to be born for this exact time in history – to make an impact. Sure, for some that may sound heavy and filled with the “pressure” to perform.
But deep inside we’re all searching for meaning.
So what does that look like for a busy mom of 4 kids under 10 who’s living room constantly looks like a toy factory explosion, or the working mom who has very little margin left at the end of her day, or the work-at-home mom who’s ready to pull her hair out trying to balance play-dough and business plans at the same time?
It starts with understanding the purpose of motherhood.
As mothers, we’ve been given a gift to care for, nurture, teach, love, support, rally behind, prepare, guide, and raise another life other than our own.
Being a mother is a season of our lives. I mean, the actual hands on mothering part is.
We were complete and whole women (or at least we were intended to be) before we had kids and we
will be after they grow up.
Think about it for a moment. What’s different about your life since having children? What did you give up? Change? Put off for a later time?
What would your life look like right now if you never have your little blessings?
I know that’s a tough question. But I know my life would be dramatically different!
It’s not that I have ANY regrets. I just know that because of my children and my desire to put them first and give them a better life, I made choices that totally shifted the course of my life.
I’m sure you’re the same!
But all along I’ve had a driving sense of purpose continuously brewing inside.
That’s because our purpose spans our entire lives, therefore, it exists outside of motherhood.
There’s a Grace for Your Purpose in Every Season
Whether you’re in the early stages of motherhood or soon to be an empty-nester, there’s a grace to live a purpose-driven live right now.
That grace isn’t just the ability to “DO” things in this season, but also to “NOT DO” things.
That means, scaling back, delegating, or taking a break depending on where you are! Or better yet, saying no to what doesn’t fit, so you have more time to focus on what does. There’s a grace to fit together creativity the things you’re led to do, and equally the grace to say no to the things you aren’t.
If you’re struggling with the concept of identifying your purpose in life. I want to stop you right there and ease your mind. Your purpose isn’t out THERE. It’s inside you. It’ll always be there just like your DNA will be. You can’t get rid of it, but you can bury it.
Sadly, some of us need a professional excavation crew to come in and dig our purpose out from under years of hurt, misguided advice, lies, and insecurities. Boy did I!William Paul Young, the author of The Shack says this about transformation, “The process of transformation isn't about becoming something new. It's about revealing who we've been all along.Click To Tweet
Knowing this takes the pressure off. It allows us to stop searching for some buried treasure out there, and gives us permission to start getting acquainted with ourselves.
So where do we start?
One of the best ways to begin living a life of purpose is to express your gifts, talents, and passions to serve others.
Again, during the very busy season of motherhood this idea can immediately feel overwhelming.
Let me stop you right there!
I’m not talking about opening a non-profit or starting a new ministry here. Just start serving others in your area of passion using your gifts and talents.
You can volunteer in your church for a couple hours a week, you can make crafty things and give
them away to be a blessing, or you can join a group that aligns with your passion.
Another way to help you move into a purpose-driven life is to journal every day. This gives you a
private place to jot out your fears, mis-steps, victories, and progress.
To make it super simple for you, I’ve created a beautiful Transformation Journal that’s complete
with places to track your process, keep track of those successes, and write out your thoughts. You
can download yours right now be clicking the image below!
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