Eccelsiastes 3:1 says there is a time to every purpose under heaven. What is yours? Have you always wondered the answer to that question? It is so true that without purpose, life is meaningless.

“You are born — You die. Your life is lived in the dash. The dash holds your purpose.” —Gift of Purpose

tp_3d_hor_300-4 inWhat is written in your dash?

It’s more than what would be in your obituary, it’s how you live your life on purpose, for a purpose, because of a purpose. Everyone’s purpose is not the same. However, there is one thing that is the same for every person. If you are alive, you have a purpose.

Some people want a magnificient all-encompassing purpose, a show-stopper. Others feel their dream must be something very holy. In reality, your purpose has already been placed inside you by the God of the universe and it is unique to you and you alone.

It’s a simple process really. Think about your talents, gifts and abilities, your dreams and desires. Your purpose is wrapped up in all of that.

Whether you dream of becoming a teacher or a cardiac surgeon, losing 10 or 200 pounds, walking around the block or running a marathon, it is possible through intentional living.

Why is there resistance to my purpose?

The problem happens when you start on the path to your purpose and the first issue comes up that impedes progress. Let’s call that resistance.

“Anything worthwhile, any great endeavor, anything that has the possibility of making a difference in the world, is worthy of resistance paying attention. Resistance is insidious. Resistance never gives up. Resistance is much more persistent than you.” —Gift of Purpose

Many people give up at the first hint of resistance. It’s too difficult. It must not be my purpose or it would be easier. There are a myriad of excuses and resistance encourages every one of them.

Some people just decide to exist, to let life happen to them. Surely if they were meant to have a purpose, it would just happen naturally. Most successful people, however, did not get that way by just sitting around waiting, biding their time.

“To never do is to forever fail.” —Gift of Purpose

No, living a life of purpose, requires some planning and action. There may be some coincidences and divine appointments along the way, but it requires effort on your part.

What actions should I take?

I know many people who want to lose weight. It will not happen by continuing to do the same things they have been doing over and over again. It takes drawing a line in the sand, making a plan and starting towards a goal.

It’s really that simple.

The quotes included in this post, are part of a book I have put together called “Gift of Purpose: How to Start Living Your Dreams.”  It is short, quick and easy-to-read. Chapter titles are: Life, Resistance, Dreams, Surrender, Purpose and Action.  Included is a Bible study and teaching guide that can be used individually or in small groups.

Why are we offering a Gift of Purpose?

Anyone who knows me for any amount of time knows my heartbeat is all about purpose. Finding our purpose is God’s gift to us. When we do, it will make all the difference in the world.

I’m offering this book to you at no cost simply for joining my site. I know people today are leery of anything free. But, really, there are no strings attached to this book. Simply fill out the form below. An email will be sent. Click on that to confirm you want the book. You will receive a link to the page that has the download.

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It is my prayer that this book will help motivate you towards fulfilling your dreams, goals and purposes.

What are your dreams?

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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