I was thinking about the issue of purpose (why you do what you do, etc) a bit today. There’s lots of talk about purpose these days. What is the purpose of your particular church? What is your personal purpose? What is the purpose of your business/job, etc? What is the purpose of this class? and so on.
Without a purpose one cannot expect to accomplish much. Many will argue that without a stated purpose you (and y’all) won’t have a focus and will have trouble being “successful.” Even more might argue a church/business/person without a focus is a person without a purpose, and a people without vision (purpose) perish.” If we said focus and purpose were like “having a plan” you might say “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” For the most part, this is all too true.
I think I used to know what my purpose was. Through this time of wilderness that we have been in for a year and half, I have been concerned that maybe it has been going on longer than it has had to go because we lost our purpose or perhaps we failed to come up with a new purpose. That can happen though when you think you put one together but never seem to accomplish it, or after putting out so many resumes and applications only to have no responses (was this because of lack of a clearly stated purpose not communicated with passion and strength?) you can begin to lose that focus or sense of purpose.
Today, I came to the realization though that I do know what my general purpose is, and it is one that I think is for all of us and that is to Love God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our strength and all of our soul, and to love others as ourselves. That’s it. That is our purpose. Everything else is subsidiary to that main purpose.
Now as to how that is expressed, it is up to each person really whether it is through the ministry or through the market place, whether it is through overseas cross-cultural missions or “across the street” missions, no matter the profession or vocation, they are all differing ways and means of expressing our overall purpose, to love God and love others and thereby extend his kingdom and mission in the world.
as you can tell, I am a BIG mess. 🙂