While January 1 is truly the beginning of the new year, September and October always feel like a fresh start to me. By September in the Goyer house, we’ve just started homeschooling. I’ve usually started a new prayer journal, and we’re settling into a new (earlier) bedtime routine. While summer is fun, by the end of August everything within me longs for routine. Over the years, I’ve learned a few ways to pursue purpose in my fall schedule.
1. Cut out anything you’re doing because you felt guilty or didn’t want to say no. Or even things that are “good” but aren’t exactly what you’d consider your purpose. Even though something may have sounded like no big deal, it’s time to be realistic about how that decision impacts your day-to-day life. You don’t have time to pursue purpose if you’re too busy. Sometimes pursuing “good” things means you miss out on the best things!
2. Become purposeful about chores. Create a simple chore list for yourself and your kids. Fold the laundry right out of the dryer instead of piling it on your couch. On Sunday afternoon, jot down five meals you’re making for dinner that week and make sure you have the ingredients. Every night, have everyone spend five minutes picking up random stuff before heading to bed. A little purposeful planning ahead goes a long way.
3. Decide on one simple step to take toward fulfilling a dream that God’s placed in your heart. Following your purpose comes from design, not default. Want to write a book? Turn off Netflix and write for thirty minutes a day. Want to complete a 5K? Find a race, sign up, and then jog around your block. The little steps, done consistently, add up over time.
4. Purpose to read the Bible every day… and do what it says. If I can point to the thing that’s transformed my life the most, it’s this idea. I’ve read all the way through the Bible at least six times, and I attempt to spend at least ten minutes a day reading God’s Word. I’ve also dared to follow what God asks me to do: love others, serve the poor, and care for the widows and orphans. I talk about all of this in my book Walk It Out. I would love for you to pick up a copy for yourself and a friend and learn how to walk out God’s mandates in your own life.
If you’re looking for some encouragement in being more purposeful about spending time reading the Bible each day, check out my podcast! My friend Michelle Hill and I delve into God’s Word each day, focusing on a different keyword from the daily reading. We would love to have you be part of the community! Find us here on Facebook or on your favorite podcast streaming site. We also have a page for our listener community here!