The definitions of purpose, courtesy of Dictionary.com are:
(1) reason for existence: the reason for which something exists or for which it has been done or made "the purpose of life"
(2) desired effect: the goal or intended outcome of something. "The purpose of the law is to control pollution."
(3) determination: the desire or the resolve necessary to accomplish a goal. "You need to act with purpose."
Purpose is the reason we do what we do, when we do it, and most importantly, why we do it.
Whether you are a proponent of Creation or the Big Bang theory, there is one thing that cannot be denied. And, that is that the world has been created with a purpose, and with us in mind. It has been created to sustain life…our lives.
God has given us all purposes that fill our hearts. Many of these are the things we once thought of doing that gave us goose-bumps and filled us with passion. For many of us, these things have fallen by the wayside, having given way to the mundane bits of existence that we can manage to hold on to…
What happened to our passion?
What became of those young, talented children we used to be- when the sky was the limit? What limited us? Did the sky or some person limit us, or did we limit ourselves?
I contend that all this, the passions, the dreams, everything, still exists within us.
Honestly, most of us won’t make a trip to the moon, or cure cancer; but we can, do and should be able to move the world in so many other ways.
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to help someone else?
- Served at Mission, church or anywhere else for free?
- Fed some children you knew were hungry
- Had a conversation with someone you know is lonely
- Spoke to someone at work (or church, or in the community) that everyone was making fun of
People need other people; not just cyber-friends, church-seatmates, cubicle-sharer…but real live human beings.
It sounds trite, I know, but we are “Jesus with skin on,” “the hands and feet” of the Gospel.
Challenge: Today, walk up to someone you don’t know well and say, “Hello, how are you?” Then, shut your mouth and listen with your heart, not just your ears…
What is our purpose? To help each other. By this all men shall know…