HACK YOUR HABITS:
FOCUS ON YOUR PURPOSE
by Taylar Frolio
We are currently in the series titled Hack Your Habits. We started off week three with communion, Luke 22:19 states, "Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.” How is communion relatable to this topic? Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Since our sins occur on the inside, He had to be bruised on the inside. Let that sink in! I had never thought of it that way before. In order to really understand why we need to run to God to help us hack our habits, we had to first understand why He is the key and communion is a great reminder of that.
Week one of this series, the topic was Focus On What You Do First. We need to give God our first. First of our day, first of our week, first of our month, and first of our year. My City is currently in the midst of 21 days of prayer and fasting. The goal of this fast is to let go of something we place first and instead place God first. Life is busy, we slip, we mess up but its okay to fall; just get up and finish strong. Habits are important because we become what we repeatedly do. If you want to change your future, you have to change what you do today. We form habits and in return our habits end up forming us. You have to learn from your failures and change your God habits first. Most people have uphill hopes but downhill habits. Then last week, we talked about focusing on our language. We are right where our language has taken us.
Romans 12:1-2 states, "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well- adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
Have you ever been to a chiropractor because you have a pain that won't go away? What do they usually tell you? That you are out of alignment? That you have referred pain?
The third way to hack your habits is to Focus On Your Purpose. Just like when you go to the chiropractor and they tell you that you are out of alignment and have referred pain, our walk with God can be the same way. Sometimes we have referred pain in our lives because our life is out of alignment. An example of this is when you think there is a certain issue causing you pain at work when really the pain or the problem originates in your prayer life. When God comes to realign your life, He is going to start with your purpose. When we keep our eyes on the purpose God has for us it will bring alignment in our lives. One of the great hacks to your habits is to not fix your problems but instead to realign your purpose to a God purpose. When you align your life then the rest will fall into place.
One reason why you should focus on your purpose is because you have a purpose. No matter your circumstances, God has a purpose for you. Psalms 139:13-16 states, "Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day."
God has written a novel for your life. No matter how many chapters you add, He will make everything fall into place. If you don't keep your eyes on Gods purpose for your life then you will always fall out of alignment. Many of our pains would begin to resolve themselves when we begin to embrace God's design for our life. Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." You were born for a purpose. We need to live by design, not by default. There is a lot that will come into your life that will try to distract you from your purpose.
Another reason why you should focus on your purpose is because there is competition for your time and attention. Our default says we must live by "more is better.” The problem is that many of the mores compete for your time and attention. An overwhelmed schedule will often produce an underwhelmed soul, meaning if you fill your time and attention with things that take you away from your God purpose then your soul will become weary.
A third reason why you should focus on your purpose is because time is short. For Christians, we can't live casual lives, we have to live purposeful lives. James 4:13-15 states, "Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.”How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Sometimes when you think of purpose you think of tomorrow, but we have missed our purpose because we are instead focusing on our vision. Be intentional with your life. When focusing on your purpose you are focused on others while your vision is focused on yourself.
God doesn't give us a fully put together product when it comes to our purpose! He gives us little pieces of purpose along our life. You have to first determine what is important in your life. When you live by what is important in your life, then your purpose will fall into place. The first step in discovering your purpose is to focus on Christ. Philippians 3:7-8 states, "I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ". You then need to determine that you will discover your purpose. You grow into your purpose by a process of discovery. It is not an overnight thing. Lastly, you need to take inventory on a regular basis. Purpose leads to fruitfulness. You need to want to live a life where your world aligns with your purpose, and not aligning with the world.
I will leave you with this question:
Where are you experiencing referred pain?