“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…”
Is there a better testimony that could be said at the end of a person’s life? We were all born to fulfill a specific purpose within a specific duration. Many of us will complete our assignments, while others will allow procrastination, hindrances, and excuses to rob them. Some will journey through life without even giving thought regarding their eternity.
I remember a conversation that I had on the bus with a stranger. Seated at the back were: two loud teenagers, a lady in her mid 30’s, an elderly man, and myself. After the stranger was seated, he pulled out a pen and a notebook, turned to his left and addressed the two loud teens, asking “what is your life’s purpose?”
The first teen put down his XXL magazine, chuckled and replied “To have as much fun as I can and to get this money.” The second teen chuckled and agreed, “Yea, life is all about money.”
The lady in her mid-30’s looked at them in disgust and shouted, “That’s what’s wrong with everybody…life isn’t all about money. It’s about being happy.”
The elderly man cleared his throat and said, “I’m not sure, it seems like we were put here to suffer and then die. I’ve seen a lot in my days and just don’t understand life.”
I sat in silence while I observed their remarks about life. I had decided at the beginning of the conversation that I wasn’t going to get involved in this one. After the elderly man made his statement, the curious stranger looked at me with a really intense facial expression and asked was I going to share my thoughts. I was just about to say no but then I had a change of heart.
I replied, “Life isn’t about money. Life isn’t about cars and clothes. It’s not about peace, happiness, fun, or any of the things that most people think life is about. Life is about God and his mission-nothing more, nothing less. It’s about taking the gifts and qualities that he assigned to you and using them to the best of your ability. Jesus wasn’t rich nor was his life peaceful and full of joy. But he understood that he had a mission to complete.”
The stranger’s stern, intense look changed into a smile. “Well said my brother.”
To be unaware of your life’s purpose is a dangerous position to be in. If you are unaware of your life’s purpose and your role, then how can you complete your mission? If you do not understand your purpose, you cannot properly evaluate how far you’ve come, how far you need to go, what you need to change, or even realize where you are at.
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