One of the lessons that we are teaching the youth right now is life purpose. I keep telling the girls, “You will become someone, so you might as well have a say in it”.
The wonderful thing about being young is the constant present tense. This is, also, what sends their mothers to the aspirin bottle. Without the benefit of a long past, how can one foresee a long future? They are learning to gaze at an ambiguous trail before them.
We went over Psalm 139, again, yesterday morning.
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth (Psalm 139:13:16, NRSV).
Can you imagine what an act of love it must be to take something in your image, crafted by your hand, and see him, or her, through to the end that you desire for them? Wouldn’t you want to give that creation the best purpose imaginable? It sounds similar to what parents want for their children, minus the creator part.
It makes me desire His will in every moment. If only I were that perfect!
As adults, we move from the constant present tense to memories of a painful and joyful past. We, stubbornly, start to think of our future. We make plans and we consider the “what ifs”.
Somehow, in our broken human minds, the future becomes our present. It is, as though, the present continued moving forward one second during each event in our lives. We no longer worry about the real present but the future present; it makes my brain hurt.
As the present shifts, our life experience makes us question control. We can admit our lack of it, but we relegate it to the winds of chance. We fail to carry it to the throne of God to sacrifice it. In this sacrifice, we acknowledge sovereignty of the one true King over every moment of our lives.
The lesson of life purpose, at its best, goes hand-in-hand with this sacrifice. It requires that we ask questions of ourselves. Do I believe that God is sovereign? Do I believe that God, who carefully crafted us, also has a unique, attainable purpose for us?
Wait, let me answer it for you; I know that He has a life purpose for you.
On my trek through Revelation, I ran across this verse.
For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled (Revelation 17:17, NRSV).
Even to those who will never choose to know God, those who will curse Him and never repent, He is still sovereign. He is sovereign whether we give Him that honor in our lives, or not. He reigns regardless of our formal acknowledgments.
I encourage you, today, because we serve a God who is sovereign. He made us wonderfully. We fall under His loving control. As His, we wait for His words to be fulfilled in our lives and in the course of the world. What an honor to belong to Him! What an honor to have a life purpose in Him!
Do you feel that you have a life purpose? Let me know what this looks like right now in your life. You are reading part of mine.
Father, thank you for not leaving us to chance but, instead, being fully Yourself. You are the Creator, the loving Father and we desire your will in our lives. Shape us into our purpose and enlighten us to claim your victory in our lives.