I frequently ask the youth, “What is our purpose?” Their answers are always spot on and reflect the message of loving God and loving His people. I love the fact that they know that so well, but just like for many of us, it is very easy to say those words without acknowledging how that should look in our lives day to day. We may talk about our purpose or calling in life, but do we really know what we are saying? I have used those words interchangeably before, but I’m not sure I should have, so last week I did a little research on my own. “Purpose” is defined as “the reason something or someone exists.” To me, a Christian, that definition implies our purpose comes from our Creator, since He is the One who spoke us into being. On the other hand, “calling” is defined as “a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work.” Desires seem to originate from within us, and sometimes we deceive ourselves into thinking our desires are always ordained by God. Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure… Even if our desires are noble, responsible, and good, that doesn’t always translate into Godly. I believe the key to making certain our desires and our calling is coming from God and ordained by Him, is to make certain we are living our purpose first and foremost before seeking our calling. If we do, then the two should be one in the same and bring glory to Him. I shared with some parents in our small group Sunday night that I had always felt “called” to be a parent. Most parents could probably say the same thing, but I know there have been times when my so called calling came before my God given purpose. Basically, what I am saying is, at times I allowed my identity as a mother to come before my identity as HIS child. I know it is a fine line, moms, but it can be a dangerous place to find yourselves. When you feel guilty for that little bit of time you set aside to savor some much needed time with the Father, remember, you were HIS before they were yours, and you will be a better mother being connected to Him.