In defining our own life’s purpose, we outline our limitations.
I got pretty excited to hear the latest video I created on YouTube. The theme was purpose for our lives. And when it ended, the next video came on. An elderly man spoke about how we must discover our purpose. Curiosity nudged me to listen. And when he ended, his assertion was that we find the purpose in life by discovering it in a variety of ways.
I think God would disagree with that assertion. I would too because if we set out to explore what our own purpose for this life, we might:
- mistake goals, objectives and dreams as purpose.
- discover our own purpose means we would do so within our limited, flawed, human wisdom.
- reach the end of life and would wonder if we did in fact, live out our purpose.
The Pharisees might have tried that path, and maybe that’s why they asked Jesus:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:38-39)
Obeying His commandment defines our purpose because:
- if our purpose is to obey Him, we have the perfect order to life’s priorities.
- if our purpose is to love Him, we can expect blessings.
- if our purpose is to love our neighbor as ourselves, peace will fill our days.
Father, thank you for giving us the path to a meaningful life, to the significance of our days, for the purpose of each breath we take. Thank you for giving us the purpose that molds our goals, dreams and whims. In Jesus name. Amen.
- Do you live with purpose and meaning?
- How have you defined your life’s purpose?
- How do you live out your purpose?
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