My sweet babies,
Let’s talk a little bit about purpose. Everyone wonder’s about it at some point in their life. “What am I here for?” “What is my calling?” “How can I find happiness in my own life?” At times you might feel that your purpose in life is not totally clear, or you might feel that your purpose in life and what you are actually doing in life do not coincide with each other. I’m here to tell you, my sweet ones, that the answer to this question is not a simple one.
What I do know, my dear ones, is that this life is not all that there is in store for us. I do know that there is more. There is more waiting for us when we get to heaven. There’s this trend I’ve noticed in my own life, and I’m curious to see if you notice it in yours someday too. What I have noticed is that through almost every stage of my life (and it’s not like I’m old and gray, I’m still in my twenties after all! The tail end of them, but I’m still in them!) I have always felt like there should be more. I’ve always thought “Well, if only I could have this or see this or do this then I’ll never want anything else! I’ll be totally happy!” That’s not to say that I’ve never felt contentment–I have! Just not 100% of the time in all aspects of my life. It’s human nature to want more, to desire more, to push yourself to do more. I’m convinced that the reason for that feeling….get ready for it….is because this world is not our home!
Just because we live in this world, that does not make it our home. Be careful that you do not find your identity in things that belong in this world, but find your identity in the One who created you for eternity. It can be so easy to get caught up in the material things of this world–an expensive watch, a nice car, a fancy handbag, a new expensive house–these are all things that popular culture tells us are measures of success! These items though, really will not leave you feeling satisfied, many times they will leave you feeling like you want more. When you realize that your life’s purpose does not have to do with material wealth or prosperity, you can begin to live as a changed and focused person. Try thinking about it this way–much like a dolphin could never feel totally satisfied living in captivity because it was meant to swim freely in the ocean, or a bird could never reach it’s full potential if it never was able to fly; you will never feel totally satisfied in this life because, like the bird with the clipped wings or the dolphin held in captivity, you were made for so much more.
Invest your time wisely. Do not focus all of your energies on things that are only important to your earthly lives. Your life on earth is just temporary, a fleeting moment in the entire scheme of our lives, and once you know that and really believe that, it can drastically change your values and what you hold most important in your life. Know that just because you take the time to develop a prayer life or a closeness with God, that does not mean you will be without suffering or sadness. If you ever find yourself wondering why there is pain or suffering in this world…remember, this is not the end of the story! This life is not, it can not, be the end of the journey for us. We are called for so much more! Don’t worry about “having it all” on earth in terms of material items. Work hard, do your best, and know that there is more to life than what you see here in this world. There has to be.
Now, sit back and enjoy the inspiration behind this blog post. I hope YouTube is still around when you are old enough to read this in 16ish years. This song is “Thrive” by the Casting Crowns.
I’ll love you forever, to the moon and back.