Purpose

100_1668Having a reason, something to live for; a sense of meaning, a calling

Purpose is what gives life a meaning.   Dr. Charles Henry Parkhurst

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne

All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.  James Thurber

Those without purpose are missing much of what life offers. They are limited in the amount of energy they have available for really engaging in life. They are handicapped because they lack the inner strength available to those who have “purpose”. Those with something definitive to live for have a life with at least some degree of meaning; they may have a mission; they may even have a burning desire to make a difference.  

People with purpose achieve and overcome. They are doers and shakers, accomplishing goals and overcoming challenges, misfortunes, and the ‘curve balls’ that life throws at them. Having purpose or mission is something we should live for; strive for and focus on. It motivates and energizes us, even inoculates us against the trials and tribulations that will happen. When bad things happen to us, we should not get unduly down; we keep our focus and keep going. We mimic the “Energizer Bunny.” We are resilient and keep going.  

What is it that keeps us from having a clear meaning or purpose? It may be that we are afraid to commit, are afraid of failure, or are just too lazy and complacent. It is hard to say why so many people have such a lack of something to drive and inspire them. Purpose driven people have fuller and richer lives than those that are wandering, “chilling” and even those who are vegetating. We all need something to believe in. People throughout history lived more full lives because they lived focused lives and committed to something that made their lives more meaningful. There have been many scientists, philosophers, politicians, statesmen, religious leaders and others who are good examples of those who had a sense of purpose to inspire their lives.

Many are meandering; taking whatever life provides and not proactively engaged as they should be. They may be pretty good at making the most of opportunities that come their way and may be good at handling most of the adversities befalling them. They do not have a sense of passion, focus, and self-sustaining energy. People who purpose are inspired. They are like heat-seeking missiles that self-directs toward a target. They are equipped to go after the things they focus on with a source of renewable and self-sustaining energy. Those who have dedicated themselves to established purposes live their lives on a higher plane of existence.

Challenge: What is your purpose or mission in life? How well defined is it? The more defined the better. Does it give you energy and motivation to live with passion or are you a ship without a rudder? What gives your life meaning and purpose? What do you really want to accomplish in your lifetime. These things should always be in front of you, inspiring you and leading you. Live life with purpose. Make a commitment.

Wisdom:   We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years, and justify our existence… on pain of liquidation. George Bernard Shaw

Spiritual: (NIV)

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.  1 John 2:17

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.  Psalm 31:24

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn shining ever brighter till the full light of day.  Proverbs 4:18

It’s is only when our purpose in life is aligned with God’s will that we will find true joy and happiness. Many of us wander, tread water, are up and down, and live “Yo-Yo” existences.  God did not create us to live vegetative existences. He created us to live with meaning and purpose. We are supposed to be something, do something, and use this life to do our part to make this world a little better because we were here.

Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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