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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jer. 1:5). “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Ps. 139:16).

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Have you ever taken the time to really ponder these verses? To know that God knows all the days you will ever live is pretty mind-blowing. It can be both reassuring and overwhelming at the same time. 

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If He knows all my days, He must have a purpose for my life. Some days, when I’m in the groove and everything seems to be going right, I feel like I’m living with purpose. Other times, when I’m stumbling through life and nothing’s going the way I planned, I can’t seem to figure out what God's plan is for me.

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But as the apostle Paul reminds me, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:28-29). To be “called according to His purpose” means that I exist for His purpose: to be conformed to His image. 

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Finding and living my purpose simply means submitting my life to God and letting Him make me more and more like Him. The problem is that sometimes I step in and try to impose my own purposes on God’s purpose. Remember what I wrote a few paragraphs back? When nothing goes the way “I planned” I feel like I have no purpose. That’s because I’ve tried to take control over my own life instead of letting God lead me. 

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When I get in the way, I only mess things up. Since I don’t know everything God knows I can’t see the full picture of my life, from beginning to end, like He does, so I need to trust that He knows what He’s doing. I need to let go and let Him fulfill His purpose in me. As Timothy writes, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Tim. 1:9a). 

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~ Marilyn Pritchard

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Do you want to be living with purpose? We at Just Between Us (JBU) want you to help.The best way to start is by studying the Scriptures to learn His purpose for all Christians. You may be surprised to find that it looks a lot like surrender! 

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We’ve also compiled a list of articles to help you along the way. Take some time to read them and consider His unique purpose for you. As Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians, “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him” (1 Cor. 7:17, ESV). Let God lead you in finding His purpose and calling for your life.

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