Shaped for a Purpose

As I continue the packing up process in preparation for our move to Georgia, my coworkers at my previous job have graciously agreed to save their empty boxes for me.  Every week, I stop by to pick up another load. I tend to become somewhat giddy when I see the tower of cardboard. Woohoo!  Free boxes!  I stick them in the trunk of my car and think about which items in my house will be packed up next.

However, last week, I broke down and purchased a couple of bigger boxes. I brought them home and placed the long, flat an unassembled cardboard rectangles on my living room floor. When my son saw them he curiously asked me, “What are those?”

“Boxes” I said.

“Those are boxes!?” my son replied looking rather confused.

“Yes, Honey. That’s what a box actually looks like before it’s put together.”

Oh,” he said as he picked up one of the cardboard pieces and looked at it. “I thought they already came looking like a box!”

The more I thought about my son’s first encounter with a flat box, I started thinking about how our lives are little like that box. We each have a purpose. We were not designed by our Creator to stay flat. We were intended to take shape. And just as I must give shape to these boxes, our Creator gives shape to us. He puts us together a little more each day and shows us the specific items we were designed to hold and carry. He takes items out. He puts items in. He rearranges items to fit better.

My primary job is to let the Creator shape me into who He wants me to become.  He knows how much potential I have when I am put together properly.

“God is building a home…Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” Ephesians 2: 19-22 Message

“God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him”  Roman 8:29 Message

10 thoughts on “Shaped for a Purpose

  1. Pamela Hodges

    Great analogy. Praying for your move. And I look forward to meeting you in October at The Storyline Conference. I only have to drive 13 hours.

    1. Eileen Post author

      You’re going!!! Awesome. It will be fun to meet more online friends face to face!!!

  2. Shelley

    Not only did God shape me in my mother’s womb (Psalms 139:13 KJV), but he reshaped me in salvation (II Cor 5:17 KJV). He continues to shape me as I read and obey His Word.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Nice Shelley. Psalm 139 crossed my mind when I was “shaping” this post. 🙂 I love the Cor. one too!

  3. Caleb Suko

    What a great lesson from simple boxes! I think that so often we are just flattening ourselves trying to make ourselves useful for some other purpose than God intended. The difficult part is letting God get his hands into the depths of our life and make those big changes that we are afraid of but I guess that is where faith needs to step in to give us the courage to let God take over.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Caleb, that’s such a great point. “Letting God get his hand into the depths” so true.

  4. Jennifer

    I really enjoyed this post, Eileen! Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes the process of shaping and reshaping isn’t all that comfortable. I find that when I am in those seasons, God teaches me the most.


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