What on earth are you doing for heaven’s sake?
It’s a great question. It’s a question that is flooded with purpose. Why are we here? Who am I? Where am I going? The deepest life’s questions often are rooted to this idea of purpose.
And it’s why we must deal with it.
You see, I don’t believe in accidents. I don’t believe that we’re some random product of societal evolution. I don’t believe that we exist simply to take up space and suck air. Everything we do matters. Every choice I make matters. Every thought I think matters. Every attitude matters. Every accomplishment, honor or reward matters. With God at the center, everything has a purpose.
Now you might not fully believe that idea, and that’s okay.
But like Rick Warren explains in his insightful TedTalk on “purpose in life,” our world view is what frames all we think, feel and do. We all look at life through a lens. My lens simply starts and end with God and my Christianity informs my ideas and insights, my attitudes and beliefs, and ultimately my choices, mission, methods and behavior.
Now I’ll be the first to confess there are times when I still struggle, even doubt. For years, even decades, I held fast to a false theological idea that I was “God’s great cosmic joke.” It was “stinking thinking” on my part, but it was easy to blame God for my misfortune, my failings, my bad luck and poor circumstances. I felt that God needed a punching bag and I was it. Essentially, I framed God as aloof, absent and apathetic. He might be interested in other people and He might bless me occasionally, but overall God preferred to mess with me (if for no other reason than to get a laugh).
Of course, I no longer believe that lie. I know that I matter to God. I also know that all I think, say, feel and do matters. I have PURPOSE. I exist for a reason. I’m not good for nothing, I’m good for something and Someone.
And I believe you are too.
According to Genesis 1:27, human beings are created in the “image of God.” Think about that idea of “in the” for a moment! It’s easy to overlook those two little words. We are not just a reflection (a mirrored image) but a replication (a modeled image) of God. So whatever you think God is, so are we. That means we possess the Divine capacity to create, bless, reveal, instruct, empower, change, encourage, communicate, forgive and redeem. We’re not just intelligent apes or highly-evolved bundles of flesh and bone. Human beings are something unique, distinct and valuable.
And if you believe God does nothing accidentally, chaotically or randomly, then everything has its true purpose. Misfortune happens but God’s Peace will carry you through (perhaps to teach us persistence). Failure happens, but God’s Grace will help you stand again (perhaps to teach us humility). Bad luck and poor circumstances happen but God’s Strength and Wisdom will lead you beyond them (perhaps to teach us to trust). Fundamentally, God is GOoD. You can’t spell “good” without “God” in it.
God doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t create junk. God created YOU for a purpose. He designed YOU for a special role, task, plan or work. For me, my life purpose is to inspire people through my writing and workshops. Every time I speak or teach, I feel God’s Presence and sense His Smile. God is using me to serve the Church and while this work (and my life) is largely unknown, even insignificant, in light of the many greater ministries and people that do similar work, I’m okay. I’ve learned to be content. I’ve learned to trust. I’ve learned my role and my place.
And if God decides to work a miracle and make what I do into something greater, that’s okay too. I’m willing to go wherever He leads and train wherever He desires.
When you find your purpose everything else falls into place.