My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you think about the fact that God has a specific purpose for you and always has? Has it occurred to you that you were created for God and not this world?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
It’s been said: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get somewhere else.” All of us are headed somewhere and that somewhere ought to be important to us. I just recently retired from full-time employment. One of the first things that I did upon assuming the path of Social Security, Medicare and part-time employment was to mentally squint a bit in an effort to figure out where this new road was going. It wasn’t long before I discovered that what had for years been a fairly clear idea of the what and where of retirement, wasn’t. That’s when Adler’s axiom came to mind. I was truly going to get somewhere whether I did it thoughtfully or not. The question was, would it be a place I wanted to get to? I was struck by the utter urgency of that. Stepping out into a path that was completely new to me was somewhat foreboding. It seemed rather foolish just to roll the dice, stick one’s finger in the air, and walk blindfolded into whatever was coming. Which way I chose to go seemed imperative.
Moving forward into a new phase of life seemed like it required something beyond mere cautious thinking. I needed to change the way I thought about thinking. I had been devoted for decades to a career. Now, however, career thinking was worthless, meaningless and, frankly, dangerous. Focus on career would necessarily become a fool’s errand, a somewhere else as opposed to a somewhere there. I needed to know where I was going in order to get there. Goal review was necessary.
Here’s a thought. “Christians without goals are a little like Alice in the fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. In a conversation between her and the Cheshire Cat, Alice asked, “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat. “I don’t much care where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat. (unknown)
It DOES matter where we're going in this life, especially since God has had an eternal plan for us that is consequential and purposeful. He knows where he wants us to go and somewhere else isn’t an option. Our spiritual path is critical to finding the “there” God has planned for us. Rethinking our thinking about what’s truly important in life is the first step. Do you think about the fact that you were created for God and not for this world? In order to reorder your thinking along the lines of how God wants you to think requires spiritual work and effort. You and I need to put away the parochial thinking that may have been driving us spiritually for years. We often think in terms of intention, not surrender. “I intend to do God’s will when my life allows it?” That’s Wonderland thinking and, consequently, somewhere else is where you may end up. Care where you want to go and you will find it matters how to get there.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a Savior who gives us the perfect purpose for knowing where were going. He lived for you and he lives in us. Forgive us when we look to the world for direction and spiritual purpose because we intend to work for Christ when it works for us and serves the purpose of living in this world. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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