To inspire women to seek out living their role in God's Epic romance, as written by The Author Himself.
So goes, the first line in this blog's statement of purpose.
It all starts with this pivotal point:
God has a Story He is writing a
nd each of us has a unique, individual role in the storyline.
nd each of us has a unique, individual role in the storyline.
Seven years ago, Epic: The Story God Is Telling and the Role That Is Yours to Play, was placed into my hands. The tugging in my heart, the longing, the sense of something greater than myself, finally made sense. No longer was I just some random human being on this earth. I was a character in an epic story.
God's main story.
His Sacred Romance in which evil tries to conquer good and hate tries to overcome love.
And you too, my precious Sister, are a character in an epic story.
You, play a role. A vital role.
Do you feel like a "nothing?"
Just another employee. . .
Just a stay at home mom. . .
Just a hum-drum life, nothing exciting ever happening. . .
No significance. You are no Beth Moore teaching thousands of women. Angelina Jolie and all her humanitarian work is so far removed from your life you can only dream of making a fraction of a difference like that in the world.
Coming closer to home. . .
The woman in your church that everyone seeks out for advice? No one has ever once sought you out.
The woman in Wal*mart who is wearing heels and nice clothes and looks totally put together and on top of her game. . . and she has four kids in tow besides. You want to hate her. You're in yoga pants and your husband's sweatshirt and your kids are screaming down every aisle.
At your mom's group every mom other than you seems to be passionately in love with their husband who thinks being a Mom is the greatest thing ever, and has her own nook in the world that defines her. Owner of a successful Etsy shop. Admired Photographer. Creator of music. Lover of sewing. Marathoner.
And you sit there, thinking, "My marriage is pretty lacklustre, this mom thing is for the birds, and I have nothing significant that I do."
How can there be purpose in being unknown? Unsought after? Struggling to live in survival mode?
The purpose is ~
you were purposefully created.
For this time in history.
For this chapter in The Story.
What is The Story?
I can't put it as poignantly as John Eldredge but it goes something like this:
There is a holy and loving God. He created mankind to have a relationship with.
The eternal theme of the story is love and relationship and victory.
Evil wants to destroy the theme. It's the driving goal twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year in the pit of hell.
Replace love with hate. Joy with anger. Life with death. And passion with purposelessness.
Isn't that where so many of us are for the majority of our days? Aimlessly lost without purpose?
Oh sure, we have the "purpose" of feeding and clothing our children, filling our cupboards with food, keeping clean laundry in dressers, and even taking a meal or two to a new mom, but what I'm talking about is purpose.
with a capital P.
To know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are playing a significant role. A role that brings a beauty and a purpose to this world and to the Epic, that only our heart can bring. Something no one else can do.
No one. Except us. Our DNA. Our personality. Our soul. Our knowledge. Our gifts. Even our weaknesses.
How do we find out what that role is? How can we know what our part is in The Story of all time? Where do we fit in the battle between Good and evil, Love and hate, Passion and purposelessness?
We can start with the fact that we're alive.
Life is not a mistake. Life has purpose.
If you are reading this, you are a purpose. A created purpose. A purposeful life.
Now comes the difficult part. While we can't deny we are a purposeful life it's hard to fully grasp and believe that our role is significant.
But it is. Because a significant God created you and He does not ever do something that is not significant.
How do you find it? This significance?
Start by seeking The Author Himself.
We find ourselves when we find Him.
Until we come to know Him and love him, the rest of life just can't make sense. It's jumbled words without meaning. Aimless wandering without direction. But turn your focus on Him and suddenly the words shift into a theme of unsurpassed greatness and the clearly-defined path suddenly appears at your feet.
Find The Author first.
Then start asking Him. Determine that you do have a purpose and let Him know you want to know what it is.
Don't forget, the enemy of purpose will do all he can to thwart you from discovering it. He doesn't want you to become the threat to hate and evil and purposelessness he knows you can be if you but, discover your reason.
The good news is, the enemy's Enemy is bigger.
He wins. So let him beat back the foe and keep asking Him to show you what your role is meant to be.
Begin looking for the themes in your life.
Are children drawn to you? Perhaps your role in The Story is to shape world changers as they come into their own.
Do you create beauty with art or music or photography? Your role in The Story may be to provide the food for souls who need the energy to fulfill their role.
Are you gifted with a large bank account? Then your role very well could be to provide the funds for those who's roles need funds, such as supporting orphanages in Africa or organizations that rescue sex slaves.
Do you see beauty in the every day, beauty that most people pass right on by without a second glance. You're needed to teach people how to see beauty in a world that is full of ugliness. Beauty gives hope. Beauty begets beauty.
Is staying at home and keeping to yourself in an attitude of prayer more the beat of your drum? Then maybe your role is prayer warrior, with the emphasis on warrior. Sometimes warriors fight in private not on the front line where everyone can observe.
You. have. a. significant. role. in. The. Epic. Story.
No one is without one.
Seek The Author of the Epic.
Seek out your life themes. Ask The Author to show you how they are to be written into the storyline.
Even more than you want to know the role, He wants you to know the role. He delights in it. Or else He would have never added it to His storyline. If you ask to be shown, He will reveal.
Embrace the revelation and live it.
Live your storyline. Live your part of The Epic.
(PS: feel free to share here or through email, so I can add you to my prayer journal and pray for you as you seek out your role or as you live it out. )
Follow up reading material:
Epic: The Story God Is Telling; the Role That Is Yours to Play Epic workbook
The Scared Romance Sacred Romance Workbook and Journal
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