Today’s Truth

The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. (Psalm 33:11, NIV)

Friend to Friend

I stand at the sink, dirty pan in hand. I feel small in this space, ordinary and rooted to the ground. I have been here for a long while now, in this kitchen, on this earth, and I silently ask, “What’s my purpose?”

Across the street a mama or grandma might be asking the same question as she changes the tenth diaper of the day. Maybe in the center of town someone is leaning her head on her desk with the door closed, just resting for a moment on that stack of spreadsheets and wondering this, too.

When we ask this question and silence seems to be the answer, we often go searching. We’ll say yes to another opportunity or perhaps run away from it all. We’ll join that cool playgroup or volunteer at the soup kitchen on Fridays. We might jockey for the promotion or put in the long hours. My purpose is out there somewhere, we think, and one day I’ll find it.

But then the opportunity doesn’t go as planned, the giving leaves us empty, and our souls grow pale in the fluorescent light. “Something else will do it,” we say, “Surely it will be the next thing.” And on we go with our gypsy hearts.

It’s understandable, this great migration. We live in a culture that tells us the purpose of life is about us. We must find that one thing we are here to do and then all will be well. But when I look closer at how “purpose” is used in Scripture, there’s a different story.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Over and over when purpose is described, it comes from God and belongs to Him. Also, purpose isn’t talked about much in terms of just individual people. It is more often spoken of as an ongoing thread that stretches through all of history and eternity. It’s so much bigger than us. So when we go looking only for “our” purpose, we are disappointed. What changes everything is when we understand that a meaningful life is not just about finding our purpose but joining God’s.

If we want to be part of God’s purposes today, then we simply love Him, others, and ourselves. That means standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes can be worship. It means that another diaper changed can be an act of sacred service. It means the work project done well can be an offering.

The square of earth you are standing on is the only place in all of history and the entire universe where both you and God are right now. It’s where His purposes and you, a person created by Him, come together. This is not small or inconsequential. It is beautiful and powerful. It is holy, meaningful ground.

Let’s Pray

God, it’s amazing to know that You have called us. You’ve chosen us. You’ve given us a part in Your plan. Out of all of history, this is the time and place You wanted us to be. Help us to see Your extraordinary plan even in the middle of our most ordinary days. Where You are is holy ground and You are always with us.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

As you wash the dishes, change the diaper, or prepare the spreadsheet today, pause for a moment and speak these words out loud: This is not small or inconsequential. It is beautiful and powerful. It is holy, meaningful ground.

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Holley Gerth is a bestselling author, encourager and life coach who loves empowering women to embrace who they are and become all God created them to be. Her newest book is titled Strong, Brave, Loved: Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are. This personal and practical devotional is a great resource for women who want to live in freedom, hope, and holy courage.

9 Responses to “If You’ve Ever Asked, “What’s My Purpose?””

  1. carol says:

    Thank you,Holly for this reminder.
    Have been feeling this very thing in my own soul. The current situation we are in, has probably made many of us feel this way.
    With all the negativity that is surrounding us, I think it is easy to feel disappointed.
    But, God appreciates our dependability towards our family, friends and our church family. I have to realize, we all have our “Mary vs. Martha” moments, and God sees the small tasks as a work for good.
    Bless you in your own spiritual work.

  2. Alisa says:

    Bless you for this wonderful devotional! It is so good to be reminded that we are always on “HOLY GROUND.” Love your writings and how very encouraging they are for our spiritual lives.

  3. Monica says:

    Thank you Holley for this message today. I can relate to having a “gypsy heart” and it is neither fulfilling or sustainable living. Though ‘mindfulness’ seems to be a buzz word these days, it is very powerful to be ‘present’ with God, and anything we do or think can be done in worship and praise. I need to be ‘mindful’ that God has me where He wants me, and if I stop resisting it makes it easier for the Lord to use me as His vessel, which in turn will meet my every need. I appreciate all the Girlfriends and the solace and guidance I receive with these devotions.

  4. Beth says:

    This is SERIOUS BUSINESS. It is ALL serious business. I have a student who is proudly pagan, and she is in an independent study class where she is my only student. We have a good relationship and she knows that I am a Believer. It’s a situation where I cannot witness openly, but she is seeing what and WHO I’m about in our interactions. I’m praying that God will give me the words when the opportunity arises, and I am confident that He will. I’m hoping that through me she will see that not all Christians are a bunch of Bible-thumping, hypocritical weirdo wack-jobs and that Jesus is REAL.

  5. YVONNE says:

    Holly, thank you for this devotional.
    With all that’s going on in the world, and our small church gathering, sometimes with about 10 people, there are no ministries going on that I can get involved in. I was just about to begin running the nursery, and BAM this pandemic hit.
    I’ve been thinking for awhile “what’s my purpose?” This clarifies, that my purpose is to breathe in and out and know that each breath I take is a gift from God, and my purpose currently is to wait and see what comes. To praise and worship Him and look for unexpected opportunities. This is very encouraging to me.

  6. Holley Gerth says:

    Thanks so much for reading and adding your thoughts here! Grateful for all of you!

  7. Glenna says:

    Holley, I think you for your post. This devotional is what I have needed. My husband died last year and we had been ministering together for 44 years. Since his death I have wondered where I fit. When you wrote the prayer at the end of your devotional,any time it said “us” I put in “me.” It really helped me to define better that God does have a place and purpose for me in the years after I became a single woman again. Thank you for letting God lead you in what you wrote.

  8. Amanda says:

    Could not have come at a better time! God sends his messengers to help understand our purpose to cherish each breath he gives us each day! Holy ground in all we do! Thank you for this Holley!

  9. Bernadette says:

    I often feel drained by taking of the kids then I remember I am doing something meaningful by taking of them. I am taking care of God’s precious gifts. That in it self is a purpose, to be the best mom for them.

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