It was in the afternoon that I received the text. It read like this.
“So let me ask you. I’ve been thinking cause we’ve been talking about it lately. I feel like my purpose here on earth is to make people laugh and entertain others. Is that not a reasonable thought? It just seems like a small purpose, but maybe God will use that for something big someday.”
My response? “It is reasonable and that is a HUGE purpose.”
Any of us could have written that text to someone else. Not all of us have the desire and certainly the gift to make people laugh or to entertain others, but all of us have the need to define our purpose and mission for our life. Much has been said and many books have been written on this subject which gives me the clue that people want to know where they fit in.
One of my favorite authors, Os Guiness, in his book, The Call, puts it this way. “The truth is not that God is finding us a place for our gifts but that God has created us and our gifts for a place of his choosing – and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.”
Personally, I have struggled in this area for years, probably most of my life with the following questions.
I have been given a limited amount time on this earth, how do I spend it?
I have a unique wiring schematic that God has designed within me, what is it and how do I use it?
How does this skill set that God has given me allow me to serve God by serving others?
All valid questions though the answers are not always easy to find. I have often been jealous somewhat of those who knew from childhood what they wanted to be when they grew up. That has always been a difficult question for me and obviously by my conversations with people, others struggle with that question as well.
So, for today, let’s continue forward in our quest to find “the call of God in our life”. Let’s allow the words of King David to bring some peace to our struggle as to where we fit into God’s overall plan.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Excerpts from Psalm 139
Like the person who wrote the text and said, “it seems like a small purpose”…there is no small purpose to God. It is huge and it matters because it mattered enough to God for Him to make you the specific way He made you.
If your gift is to make people laugh and entertain then do just that. If your gift is to write and encourage, then do that. If your gift is to bake items and give them away so that you may brighten the life of another, how can any of those be a small purpose? They can’t and they aren’t. Space does not allow for me to list the number of not small purposes to God. Bringing a cup of water to a king or a prophet in the Bible was no small purpose. Giving away a few pennies for the needs of others is a HUGE purpose. It must be. God thought it was big enough to mention in the Bible as well.
God wired you just like He wired you. Let that profound thought sink in. Write it down somewhere. I will do it right now like this. God wired me just like He wired me. I feel better already.
Since one can never get enough Os Guiness quotes I thought I would end with this.
“Our gifts and destiny do not lie expressly in our parents’ wishes, our boss’s plans, our peer group’s pressures, our generation’s prospects, or our society’s demands. Rather, we each need to know our own unique design, which is God’s design for us.”