There are two very important questions every person needs to take the time to sit down in a quiet place free from distractions and ask him or her self. What is the purpose of my life and What am I called to do in my life? When you first read these two questions you may think they are asking the same question, but they really are two different—yet each important—questions. I want to take the next few weeks to unpack these two questions with the hope these articles will draw you to think deeper about your life.
I ran cross country and track all throughout middle school, high school, and my freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan until I had to have surgery on my legs. I still run today let’s just say it is not as pretty as it used to be. Running has been a big part of my life and it was a runner who really started me on my journey of asking these questions. His name was Steve Prefontaine and one of the things he was notorious for saying was, “To give anything less than your best was to sacrifice the gift.”
As I thought more about what Prefontaine said I asked myself what are the gifts I have been given. My first thought is to think about the abilities God has given me (i.e. gifts and talents); however, to stop here is to miss the biggest gift of all, my life. Without life nothing else really matters does it? So my greatest gift I have to offer God and the world is my life, which leads me to the first question.
What is the purpose of your life? Another way to ask this question would be; above all of the other things in my life what is ultimately my number one priority. I firmly believe the answer to this first question is the same for everyone. Your life’s greatest purpose is to reflect your Creator, to bring glory and honor to the One who gives you life, to love God and love others. Paul tells the Church in Corinth, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Now think about this with me for a minute. If our greatest gift in life is the very life we have, and if are greatest purpose in life is to bring glory to God, love God and others. What does that mean if we take our greatest gift and seek to do anything other than our best to fulfill the purpose of our life? We sacrifice it. We forfeit the gift.
God never asks us to be perfect, but I think He wants the best we have to offer. What does that look like for you in your job, hobbies, family life, spare time?