Everyone has a purpose, everyone has a mission, and everyone has people to love and someone to love them in return. That is the truth in a nutshell.
On the screen it is so black and white, so easy to say that it is true. But why isn’t it that simple when we try to live it out?
One word: distractions— some big and some small. Some are by accident and some are by design.
What could we become if we knew our true worth? Not just for ourselves but for the good of man. Would we achieve grand and noble things? Would we make a difference?
Friends, are you like I was when you read the previous two sentences? Do you think that to make a difference you have to achieve grand and noble things? Do you even stop trying just because you can’t do it perfectly? Do you think that you are not smart enough or good enough? Do you inwardly belittle yourself and your efforts?
Please don’t. You matter to someone. You have just the right gift for your purpose in the world. Purpose is hard to figure out sometimes. I wish I could help you figure out what yours was…
Well I was going to say that I have a hard enough time figuring out my own purpose…
But then I remembered something: something I heard somewhere or maybe I read it. Just now in the middle of this writing, I dusted off the memory enough to be able to search for what I was thinking. Our purpose on earth is to praise God.
You can read below about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It is Luke Chapter 19: 28-40. The part I was remembering was if we as God’s people don’t praise the Lord the very rocks will cry out his praises.
Creation is meant to sing the praises of God. Earlier when I wrote “everyone has someone to love them” did you pause? Did you think, “Well, not me!” I know! Sometimes I feel the same way. Sometimes it’s so easy to be distracted by everyday things like our jobs, our family and friends and even social media. But looking at the bigger picture I believe that some of the distractions come from the devil. Yes, I believe that if he can keep us so wrapped up in business, loneliness or in the search for significance or a number of other distractions he can keep us from our true purpose: praising God.
I don’t know about you but I would like that job! I don’t want to pass it off so that the rocks need to praise Jesus for who he is. I need to see truth, I need to read truth and I need to hear truth so that when I feel worthless and empty I can find rest in the fact that I am loved. I am loved and I have a job to do.
The Triumphal Entry
28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”