“Jesus said unto him, “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
Fulfilling our Purpose is a very specific phrase that causes us more anxiety than most other phrases.
Consider this; a tool that does not function is useless, no matter how beautiful it is. For example, a beautiful Mount Blanc pen, sleek as it may be, is useless if it cannot write. An impressive Henckel or Wusthof knife is wonderful, unless it is dull and cannot cut. A gorgeous Patek Philippe precision timepiece, although quite expensive, is worthless in functionality if it does not tell time. The definition of a tool is, a specific device to aid an activity. What is the innate definition of a person—People—God’s Tool? How about, specific entities to serve God and aid humanity? Ask yourself if you are serving God, and aiding humanity. If you are not serving God or aiding humanity, —Well.
If you really want to find out what would fulfill your purpose, ask yourself this question, "What would bring me ultimate joy?" When you reach a conclusion, ask yourself another question, “Then what?” Keep asking the “Then What?” question until you cannot answer it anymore and you will find out your purpose.
Many people believe money will fulfill their dreams; however, there are very wealthy people who commit suicide every year. There are others who believe having the love of a precise person will fulfill their dreams; only to find out, they have entered a nightmare instead. And still, there are others who believe having the "bling" of cars, sprawling mansions, and luxury yachts, will fulfill the gaping hole that is a life away from God; only to find that they have become living curators of relics.
So again, I ask the question, “What would bring you ultimate joy?” Did you know that the “Then what?” question was asked to a host of people over the years, and what sociologists found out, was that most people ultimately want internal peace and to help others.
Well,... this sounds a lot like serving God and aiding humanity to me. L.
Study Reference: Matthew 22:37-40
From: "Fulfilling Your Purpose." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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