How to Live With Purpose

Last week I enjoyed speaking at the Knowing God January Luncheon on “Seize the Day! Live With Purpose.”

Bible teacher Ken Boa said the Apostle Paul only had two days on his calendar—Today and That Day when he’d see Jesus. To live with purpose we need to follow Paul’s example and live in the present with an eye to the day we’ll see Jesus.

Someone noted, you can’t move forward staring in the rearview mirror. But what if your rearview mirror shows a patrol car with flashing blue lights?

My daughter went through a season of collecting speeding tickets. Leaving the DC area, I texted Ginny who was driving another car. Be careful. Lots of patrol cars.

Too late. Her text pinged back.

It’s hard to seize the day if we’re distracted by yesterday’s flashing lights. We must pull over and deal with the distraction, so we’ll be free to fully engage in the present.

It’s hard to seize the day if we’re distracted by yesterday’s flashing lights. We must pull over and deal with the distraction, so we’ll be free to fully engage in the present. #purpose, #SeizeTheDay Share on X

Give Yourself a Break addresses this in more detail, but I offer some suggestions on dealing with a few common flashing lights and how to seize the day in the YouTube recording below.


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  1. Linda Stoll

    Debbie, thanks for this ‘on purpose’ nudge. It’s way to easy to just wander through this season with no direction. God has something for us right here, right now! Bless you.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Linda. I enjoyed remembering this.

  2. Ann J Musico

    Debbie I love that- live in the present moment with an eye toward His soon coming!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes! Thanks, Ann.

  3. Joanne Viola

    This so goes along with the conversation in our morning prayer group today – We need to “live in the present with an eye to the day we’ll see Jesus.”

    • Debbie Wilson

      I love it when God repeats what He wants me to hear. Thanks, Joanne.

  4. J.D. Wininger

    Such an encouraging post Ms. Debbie. My friend Mr. John, the wise old cowboy who works here at our Cross-Dubya told me once, “There’s a reason why the windshield is so large and your rearview mirror is so small.” Let’s focus on the forward! God’s blessings ma’am.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I like that, J.D. Have a great week!

  5. Annie Yorty

    You’ve given a succinct reminder that I can always use. I’ll try to follow Paul’s example of focusing on just two days.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Annie, I want to live that way too. When I wander off that I feel stressed.

  6. Candyce Carden

    Love what Ken Boa said so much I recorded it in my journal. And your post is as equally inspiring. Thanks for sharing the link to your talk. I plan to listen.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I read that a long time ago, but it came back to me when I was asked to speak on this topic. Thanks, Candyce.

  7. Vicki Cottingham

    I was thinking today about what Paul wrote in Philippians 3, “12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” These verses fit so well with what you wrote about purpose. Thank you.

    • Debbie Wilson

      It certainly does, Vicki. Paul lived each day conscious of that day when he’d see Jesus!

  8. Katherine Pasour

    Wonderful advice and a great example for us to be careful of distractions that may deter us in our service to our Lord. While it’s important to learn from our past mistakes (maybe slow down to the speed limit?), it’s also important to look ahead, keeping our eyes on the goal of walking with Jesus. Thank you for this encouraging message, Debbie.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I like that, Katherine. How much nicer life is when we go God’s speed limit :-).

  9. Yvonne Morgan

    I try to live in the present moment as often as possible. I remember someone telling me that the journey is as important as the destination. Thanks Debbie

    • Debbie Wilson

      Wise words, Yvonne. It’s taking me a while to practice that.

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