I've been thinking about window shutters lately. I know, that's been on your mind lately as well right? As I was driving down the street the other day I started to notice the houses that had window shutters and those that did not. I began to notice the various styles of shutters and how most, if not all of them were not designed nor installed to actually be used.
Remember the original purpose of shutters? Remember how when they were originally created they were designed for the purpose of protection? When the weather would get rough or the rain or wind would really start to kick up people would go out and close the shutters on their windows for protection. Somewhere along the line, shutters for the most stopped serving that purpose and became more of an aesthetic addition to our windows. It's funny, because if you look at the shutters on most houses they're actually not even big enough to cover the whole window. They're basically just little tiny panels on either side of the window that offer no practical purpose.
Allow me to draw a parallel between today's shutters and us. Just like the original shutters, you were created for a purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
You were chosen before you were born to accomplish God's purposes on this planet. But just like today's shutters you and I constantly run the risk of becoming purposeless. If we're not cautious we slip into the idea that we're here just to look pretty, we're here to simply add a little flare to the house. We quickly forget that we were created with a specific purpose in mind. Perhaps just like the pointless shutters on today's houses, we haven't even considered that we're not even installed correctly. We haven't even set ourselves up to function as God designed us to function. We live our lives assuming that what we know is all there is. We live our lives assuming that "shutters" shouldn't function because as we look around we realize that no one else's shutters are serving a purpose so we think, "maybe mine shouldn't either."
Listen to these words, "You have a purpose." You were designed, chosen and set apart for God's purposes. Don't buy into the lie that you're supposed to just exist. You have a purpose. Walk in that purpose and you will discover life and life abundantly.