My friend, may I ask you a question? What is your purpose in life? is there a singular reason that you awoke this morning and were by grace given another day to live and breath?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Although I am technically retired and receiving a Social Security benefit these days, I can still remember the days when hunting for a job was at times my chief purpose in life. Since in many ways who you are is connected to what you do, job applications were, in that sense, very purposeful. Filling out a job application though can be frustrating when you confront statements like “describe a situation when you acted under pressure” or “explain how your actions benefited your employer.” The one I find really curious is this: “Tell us something about yourself that nobody else knows.” Now, when you think about it, if no one else knows this tidbit of your life, there is probably a good reason why it’s remained a secret up until now. What really is the purpose of asking a question like this? Does the answer to that question really give any employer a good understanding of who you really are and what you are capable of?
What about the purpose of your life; can it be approached like filling out a job application? Is there some singular “application-like” statement that would adequately describe who you are and why you’re here?
Here’s a story: “During WWII, A young seaman was wounded and swept overboard during a battle at sea. Wounded in both legs by shrapnel and in semi-shock, he was kept afloat by a narrow life belt. Later he was rescued by a passing destroyer and returned to his ship. However, several hours later the ship was sunk by enemy fire and the seaman, still wearing the same life belt, found himself back in the water. Picked up again by another destroyer, he was evacuated to a transport ship where, for the first time, he closely examined the life belt that had served him so well. It had been manufactured by Firestone of Akron, Ohio, and bore a registration number. When he got home told his story and asked his mother, who worked for Firestone, about numbers on the belt. She replied that the company insisted on personal responsibility for the war effort, and that the number was unique and assigned to only one inspector. Staples quoted the numbers to his mom. It was his mother’s personal code. (Commander Eric J. Berryman, U.S. Naval Institute, Vol.15/6/1036)
Has God given you an unique purpose in this life? Like that seaman’s mom, is there a singular reason that you awoke this morning and were by grace given another day to live and breath? When it comes to discovering your purpose in life you can throw away those “high-sounding” application descriptions of who you are and what you have done. What it all boils down to is this. You and I are “servants of God and, therefore, followers of Jesus Christ.” This is our reason for living–our singular devotion to the minutes and hours today, tomorrow and for the rest of our lives. There is no higher purpose. We are here for one very important reason, to help others escape the scourge of hell and spend their eternity with God in heaven. How uniquely purposeful and motivating that ought to be. It is THE thing that makes you and I uniquely purposed throughout our lives.
We pray. Heavenly Father, day after day life seems to go on without much purpose. We work, play and love, but is that why we’re here? Forgive us Lord when we forget the real purpose of why you put us on this earth–to help others know the Savior as we do. It seems so much against the odds to think that we can do this great work, but when we are reminded that it is you working through us, the odds seem so much better. 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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