Most of us reach adulthood with dreams for our lives. It could be the dream of an exciting career that takes you places you couldn’t get on your own. It might be the vision of the family that you know is yours. Maybe it’s a place you’ve always wanted to live, or a goal you wanted to accomplish.

And then life happens.

The years go by quickly. And for most of us, life doesn’t end up the way we ever imagined it would. But even if it does, there comes a day, when everybody wonders what’s next in my life?

It was a cool fall day in 2007 when that happened for me. My son had left for the US Air Force in May, and now just six months later, my daughter was doing the same thing. My nest had officially been empty for a few years, but they’d always found a way to come back home again. This time they were flying away for the last time. And in the space of just a few short months, my parenting journey had ended and the house echoed with silent insecurity, as the questions bounced out of my head and ricocheted through the emptiness.

When one purpose ends, it’s easy to feel that there is nothing left. That all of the important parts of life are over and all that remains for you to do is live out your days in some sort of faint imitation of a former life.

The truth is that we may have multiple purposes throughout our lifetimes. There might be career years or parenting years. There might be times of service or times of developing skills and talents. A purpose may live out it’s lifetime during a particular season of our lives, or it might morph into another purpose that builds on your previous experience.

Just because life seasons end doesn’t mean that we have no purpose left. Here are three ideas for finding and embracing a new purpose for your life…

  • Look at the future as an endless possibility. Remember, when one season ends, the future is a blank slate. It could literally go anywhere. There’s something exciting about that!

Everything is possible for one who believes. Mark 9:23

  • Trust the purpose that God has in mind. He knows where we’ve come from and the best place for us to go next. We might make our plans, but His will always be best.

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

  • Then take that first step. When God identifies the purpose, we can’t sit and wait. We need to put one foot in front of the other and walk into what He has planned.

Now since we have chosen to walk with the Spirit, let’s keep each step in perfect sync with God’s Spirit. Galatians 5:25 (VOICE)

As life changes, we have a choice of responses. We can be saddened, worried or frightened. Or we can choose to grab hold of whatever God puts in front of us and run with it.

I think I’ll choose running today. How about you?


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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