I was sitting at an outdoor coffee shop the other morning (had a couple of hours to myself) and started to wonder….
Why does there seem to be so much blah in the world these days? Blah about people, politics, economics, relationships, facts, circumstances, direction, on and on and on. Part of this curiosity came about because I received news this week about several friends and family members that are struggling with various problems – though these folks have lifestyles that should “seemingly” afford them limited or eliminated problems (from the perspective of many folks in the world).
Then a thought came to mind – have people reached the point where they are just going through the motions, “marking time”…? AND, if they are just marking time – fig. “to do something which is not very interesting while you are waiting to start doing something more important” – what the heck are they waiting to start doing that is more important? AND, how long are they going to wait before starting (because time is certainly NOT standing still)??
As you can tell, the coffee must have had a pretty good kick that morning! As my mind continued to explore, I finally arrived at a quite sobering question – perhaps folks are at a loss to find/understand their purpose and to attain contentment in life?
Woah!!! That thought made me stop and “be still”.
You see, I have read and studied about purpose, listened to talks about purpose, discussed and even written about purpose – but that doesn’t make it any easier to fully grasp what it takes to find/understand our purpose. So it is no wonder that many folks are waiting “patiently” or even “aimlessly” to figure out what to do. Furthermore, life has a way of just scooting by sometimes – 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years at a time – and all the while, we just keep going about our merry way, doing things in the same fashion that we always have, kind of like marking time. This is not to suggest that we don’t engage in worthwhile activities or endeavors from time to time throughout our life. However, can we truly claim to have been deliberate, intentional in our pursuit of fulfilling our God-given purpose? If we are not moving in this particular direction, then it is no wonder that we struggle to be content in life – for I tend to think that the first is most certainly a prerequisite for the latter. Eeeeeck… deep waters here!! (I am glad that I didn’t order another coffee…)
The reason for this post, I guess, is not really to beat anybody up or even myself for that matter, and most certainly it is not meant to establish a voice by which to judge others. Rather, I just believe that sometimes we need to stop for a moment and think about being intentional in what we do – or seek to do (i.e. deliberate in seeking or actually living out our God-given purpose). The best place to start is probably communicating directly with God to show us the path that we must travel and then faithfully allowing him to lead us in his way.
Let’s not get caught up in just going through the motions of living a “life worth living” – of just marking time. There are a lot of worthwhile things that need to be done, that we are all called to do, and only a finite amount of time to get them done. So, Go Find It & Go Do It!!… your purpose.
More to come in subsequent posts…