by Stacey Hall
Late this summer, a few women in the church have embarked on a path for purpose by participating in a study by Anna Nash as a follow up to the WPC women’s spring conference. Anna, the founder of the nonprofit organization Beacon People, focuses her ministry of encouraging people to live a more purposeful, meaningful life. More specifically, she encourages fellow Beacon People to live by the following beliefs:
- The Creator –God is the Creator of the Universe – of everything that was or is or will be.
- The Creation –God created every person to fulfill specific life purposes He has for this life and into eternity
- The Core Belief –The Bible is God’s Word to us concerning all aspects of life. Everything taught by Beacon People is based on the foundations of the truth in the Word of God.
- The Commission – Our assignment from God is to live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The ways in which we undertake this calling are unique.
Ephesians 4:1-6 says “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
God calls each of His children according to His plan for His glory. The study Pathfinder: A Journey Towards Purpose provides a guide for you to find your own story in life between Eden and eternity. Through this study, we are encouraged to write down our life map - remembering who we are, where we have lived, who has inspired us, our successes, our failures, our unique memories, and more. We aim to recognize how he has weaved through our happy times and our trying times while realizing each as a part of His holy purpose and His sovereign design.
While reflecting on my own life, two truths became obvious in respect to what God has been doing to draw me closer to Himself. Those were:
- Our God-given purpose is a journey, not a destination. It is a process involving an intimate relationship with Him, where He shows us His planned out path of purpose.
- Our God-given purpose is not always a straight path. There are twists, turns and round-a-bouts. He will weave the journey for His purpose and His glory. Let’s look to the life of Joseph as an example.
James 4:14 states “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Compared to the scope of eternity, we have such a limited time to seek and fulfill God’s plan on this finite earth. Thus, we should take advantage of each day by continually seeking His glory. This study emphasizes that we should pray, look, listen, and search for God’s signs in our lives. I encourage you to pursue the purpose that God has created for you as we wait for His glorious return.