I found myself early in life trying to determine if I had a significant purpose in life. I was drawn to people with struggles, lost souls and anyone that was feeling defeated. It took a while before I realized I was overthinking MY “purpose”. I was constantly chasing a reason for being “here” and so busy chasing I nearly missed the joy of just being and connecting. It was exhausting and unfulfilling. I kept asking myself, “How do I find a purpose for my life?”
We've Detached From Each Other
We often talk about the “simpler days”; “days of our youth.” Not all of those days were simple, but life probably seemed much simpler then. I know I only had the worries of a child and things weren’t so simple for my parents. In fact, I know that they struggled and life was far from simple for them. But I also know that life was slower and not as complicated back then. We weren’t plugged in 24/7 to technology and always anxious to hear the latest news or Tweets or Facebook posts …
It seems we have complicated our lives and detached ourselves from each other. We’ve become outrageously impersonal and though we are connected through multiple devices, platforms and technologies … we have separated ourselves from each other in ways that keep us from looking into each others’ eyes, seeing the actual smile that brightens up the day or hearing the snicker of a child that is amused. We no longer gain encouragement and joy from the sound of a friend’s voice or comfort from a hug. We use emoji cons to make sure our emotion or support is received on the other end of a text or email. I know people that will send a text or email rather than pick up the phone and call someone to avoid getting caught on a lengthy conversation. I must admit, I’m as guilty of that as anyone.
Technology, like anything else that we have, can be very beneficial (maybe blogs, keeping in touch with long distance friends, simple updates, etc.). But, if it totally consumes every area of our life and drives a wedge between us and those we are meant to care about, it becomes a device of destruction.
A Common Purpose For Each of Us
Our purpose here on Earth is to love one another and bring light, joy, comfort, and peace to the world we live in. These qualities of life cannot be fully realized in a life void of human contact and face-to-face divine appointments. God has put each of us here to be a connection, a bridge for those who are lost, broken and hopeless. We are meant to bring His hope, healing, and love.
We are so busy living in the past (nostalgically), the future (in preparation, always planning) or simply trying to make it to appointments or meet deadlines that we miss the moment we are living in. Once that moment is gone, it’s gone forever; there’s no going back. It's not even a memory, so it is totally wasted.
We've become slaves to the world and are chained to our need to fit in, to be accepted, to be loved, to achieve this or that … no achievement, promotion, or personal gain will ever be enough to fill the hole in our soul we create when we separate ourselves from being one with God. Seek Him and He will reveal Himself to you.
We need to remember how to let go and feel the freedom in the moment from time to time. Just be … like being on the swing as a child. The pure, unbridled joy of reaching up into the clouds and feeling the wind on my face. The color rushing into my cheeks from the cool, crisp breeze. Knowing that at that moment I could reach up into the sky and fly. Watching the leaves in the trees floating in the wind, knowing that God was just passing by and stirring the clouds in His wake. Being with Him and feeling safe, free and loved. I may not feel like that every moment of every day, but when I take time to just be … with Him … I’m in that swing and in awe of Him again.
Be in awe …
In His love …
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5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
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