Our Daily Purpose

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:28-30

In the Alleghany Highlands, June is the month of the Daylily!  While there are about a dozen varieties of day lilies (and my favorite are the long yellow ones) orange is the most common and they are easy to spot along random roadways…in highway medians…in yard gardens…stretching skyward reaching toward the sun.  They are hardy and once planted, they spread and multiply naturally. 

As the sun rises, the blooms begin to open and share their beauty for the day. Each plant produces many blossoms, but each one blooms for only a day…is a beautiful blessing for only a day…fulfills its purpose for only a day. By the end of June, their outward beauty will be gone for another year. But deep down, out of sight in their roots, growth continues as strength builds and they prepare for the next season of growth.

We each have a lifetime to grow and mature and bloom and find our purpose. Each day we have a choice to make. How will we spend it? Will we lean into the Son and fulfill our purpose for this day…or will we fret and worry about what will come tomorrow? When we go through a season of dormancy, do we lose faith? Or do we keep feeding on His Word gaining strength for our next season?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9

Darlene Shelton

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