Friday, October 23, 2015

An Eternal Purpose

I have discovered the world's best antidote to troubling thoughts. Write a book. When I settle down for an afternoon of writing, I completely enter my fictional world. When I emerge 5,000 words later, I haven't a care in the world. At least until I slowly shake off the dazzling splendor of the world I just created.

Book 3 of the Burton's Farm series is with the editor, and I started Book 4 yesterday. I really am amazed at how it is pouring out of me. In Book 2 and 3, I created the perfect person, the one I wished I was. In Book 4, the evil person emerges, the one I too often am. Much of what develops is not consciously planned, but somehow, it materializes and helps me process my reality.

I feel certain one purpose of my life is to write books. I don't know how God intends to use them (though i am pretty sure NOT for my fame or fortune.) However, I am convicted that I am to let this story unfold. I have a general concept for the entire series, and it is, as all my books, Christian allegory.

Purpose of life is an important thing to ponder. The Bible speaks of purpose frequently. In Ephesians 3: 8-12, Paul discusses his understanding of God's purpose for him. It is to preach the gospel, and bring the mystery of Christ and salvation to light.

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 

He describes this as the eternal purpose. That's what I'm after. I want my life to be one where the eternal purpose is sought and magnified. For now, it appears to include writing books.

Psalm 20:4 

May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!

Ephesians 1:11 

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

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