Recently I have been told by several people that they are having a hard time figuring out what their purpose in life is. I too have had times that I have wondered what my purpose in life is.
Could it be that the purpose of our lives is already there but we just don’t always see it?
I have a friend who once spent a lot of time ministering to me. When I was searching for answers about God, this person spent a lot of time answering questions and sending me emails and other stuff about him. I often think about how that person changed my life by taking the time to do that. What that person did may not seem very big to them, but to me it was HUGE. Actually it was so huge it was the difference between life and death.
When someone’s life on earth ends they either go on to live eternally in Heaven or they go to Hell…death. To me that’s pretty huge and now thanks to that person living out their God given purpose I will live forever.
Things that seem ordinary here on Earth are extraordinary by God’s standards and should be by ours.
God’s church is not a building the church is us. We may go into a building to worship God with other Christians but what we do outside of that building is what matters the most.
We could very easily spend so much time searching for God’s purpose for our lives that we miss it while it’s standing right there in front of us.
Isaiah 43:7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.
Our purpose in life is to bring glory to God… Period.
How do we do that?
We do it by being sensitive to the people God has placed around us and then show them Jesus in our actions.
Pay attention to the person who’s hurting and needs a friend and then take the time to be their friend.
Ask someone how they are today, and then take time to wait for the answer. One of my pet peeves is people who use the question ‘how are you?‘ in a greeting but when I open my mouth to tell them the answer, they are already walking away. Why not just say hello and skip the question if you don’t really want to know the answer?
Actually look at the people you meet on the streets around you, have you noticed lately in our society the amount of people who walk around not looking at each other?
Give a smile to a stranger; it may be the only smile they get today. The other day I read on a friend’s Facebook page that he smiled at someone and that they told him his smile was a gift and then they thanked him for it. To think that something so simple as a smile may have been that friend’s purpose for the day and also that it may have changed someone else’s day for the better is pretty huge. And now let’s add another thought to that?….I am also pretty sure that the person who thanked my friend for the smile in turn changed my friend’s day also. Could it be that he filled his purpose that day too??… how cool is that?
Our purpose is right here all around us every day. We should slow down and try not to be in such a rush or be filling our lives with so much busyness that there is no time hear the voice of God or see the opportunities he has placed in front of us.
The opportunities are plenty, don’t miss them!
It really seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Then I wonder why we make it so hard?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denariiand gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
That was just my thought for the day…