My One & Only Purpose

I aim to grow my relationship with Jesus on a daily basis and I am slowly learning to be more open about it with my family, friends, and those who support this business, even if it's not necessarily considered a hot topic to most. I don’t often talk about my Christian faith when it comes to running this business but it is, without a doubt, the sole reason why I am able to do what I love. In the previous blog post, I wrote about how this business became what it is today. This post delves a bit deeper and explains why I'm able to do what love.

My one and only purpose in this life is to glorify God through all that I do. My thoughts, actions, words, works, everything has a purpose to glorify God. It is a truly wonderful thought if I really stop to think about it, but I know for a fact that I haven’t always done this in my business. To this day, I make decisions on my own instead of praying about them first, I try to keep the control in my own hands when it’s simply not up to me, and I give myself all the credit when I deserve none of it. I've been a Christian for about 7 years now but it wasn't until about a year ago when I came to the realization that I'm not meant to make a name for myself or make the world a better place through what I create. This very realization has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders, as I've come to accept that this business isn't about the following I have on Instagram or how successful I am as an artist. I simply desire to please God in all my ways.

While I have come a long way, I have a long way to go. I continue to struggle with feelings of discouragement when a shop update doesn't go as well as I had hoped, I have long lists of goals and plans that I would love to achieve, and I am hit with anxious thoughts day by day. But when my struggles are great, God's grace is greater. When I'm struck with irrational worries and fears, God overwhelms me with His perfect peace. The time I spend in my studio, the motivation to create, the gift of creating, that all comes from my Heavenly Father. Who am I to constantly doubt Him when He has always provided for me? If this business succeeds, then I will praise my Almighty God for His abundant grace. If this business fails, so be it. I will praise Him anyway for His incredible goodness and mercy toward me. In closing, I am reminded of a passage from a puritan prayer, let it be a reminder to us all:

“O Lord, I am astonished at the difference
between my receivings and my deservings,
between the state I am now in and my past gracelessness,
between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I merit.

Let thy love draw me nearer to thyself,
wean me from sin, mortify me to this world,
and make me ready for my departure hence.
Secure me by thy grace as I sail across this stormy sea.”

The Mover, The Valley of Vision - Puritan Prayers and Devotionals.

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