I just finished spraying my apple tree for the first time this year, and it looks like this year is going to be a good one for apples! When I finished spraying I realized that I needed to write this post, because I have had something on my mind for several days now. You see, my apple tree reminds me of a very cool truth. This truth is expressed best by Thomas Merton who said:
“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be, it is obeying Him.”
Wow, what a motivating truth! I love this statement because it is so profound and simple at the same time. Live your purpose! That’s the bottom line. I know that some people struggle with this idea, so here are three reasons to live your purpose:
· It is good to live your purpose! – I think many people just get stuck doing and being. There isn’t much purpose to it; in fact, they don’t really like their life. They just exist. I think this is done sometimes out of a misplaced emphasis on “being content” or not being selfish. If we did what we were really good at, or if we tried to do what we loved to do, in the process of making a living, it would look self-centered. Perhaps God really wanted us to do this all along!
· Living your purpose is an act of Obedience! – Does it make sense that we would know what God created us to do? Sometimes it’s is not so easy to discover, and that is why taking advantage of some tools can really help. But many times people really know what they are good at, and they feel a sense of purpose when doing it. Wouldn’t it make sense to discover a way to do this for a living, or find a way to gain an income from this pursuit? For example, if you have a passion for sports, you are experienced at coaching and you love to work with kids, wouldn’t it make sense to create a line of work around that idea? In my opinion, this is a promising way to put your purpose to work. More importantly, it is an act of obedience to live the purpose for which you were created.
· There is no better time or place to live your purpose! – To live in this time and to live in this place is a great privilege. A couple of generations ago, the pressure to carry on the family business was very strong, whether it was your passion or not or whether you were good at it or not. It was far more difficult to change directions from the path you were “supposed” to take. Today, it is fashionable and good to pursue your purpose and do something that is a better fit. There are resources everywhere you look that can help with the process. Why wouldn’t you?
Now I realize that not every interest, skill, passion or purpose can provide an income. However, you need to give yours some thought. Is there a way to put your purpose to work? Do you have an interest or a passion that you know, deep down, could provide for you or your family? Start the pursuit today!
I also realize that while pursuing your dream you need to provide for your basic needs and the needs of those that depend on you. To live your purpose also means to be responsible. In those cases, you need to be content with what you have for a time, so you can provide. In your spare time, do everything you can to live your purpose!
If you are looking for help in the discovery of your purpose, a great place to start is learning more about you. This resource helped me to learn more about myself and began to push me in a good direction. It could do the same for you!
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