Friday, April 6, 2012

Purpose

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."--Chariots of Fire
(Note: This is NOT something Eric Liddell said. It was written by one of the scriptwriters of Chariots of Fire.)

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." C.S. Lewis


Fulfillment. Purpose. The search for why one was created, and their ultimate purpose in life leads back to God.

Glory wraps it's fingers around the heart of man.
Self is lost in creative pursuits of the one whose heart made us to create.
To write. To draw. To paint. To compose. To teach. To speak. To sing. To fix. To serve.
These are yet glimpses of His ultimate creativity.
He, who put us together as one-of-a-kind individuals.
And when we are lost in our worship, doing what we were created for, His glory shines through.
Eternity is seen in the small moments of real life.

The act of worship for a Christian isn't just Sunday. It's that morning spent at the sink washing dishes. It's washing clothes soiled with dirt from the outside mud puddles. It's doing not only what we do best as unto God, but doing the mundane, daily, repeatable tasks.

It's found in wiping tears, in reading books, in making breakfast. Doing our best, as unto God. Do we always feel his pleasure shining down on us? Do we feel like we are not handicapped in what we are trying to do? Sometimes. But learning to serve, to love, to speak, to paint require practice. Ask anyone who is good at something. Cultivation of talent refines, sharpens who we are. But it is possible even to refine those tasks that we aren't so great at and do the best that we can for a purpose beyond ourselves.

It's when we narrow our talent down to one sole purpose that life boxes itself up.
We began to think that worship only means singing in church, reading our Bible, or listening to the preaching. When the truth is, our lives are teaching something every single moment. We were created for His glory. We were created to worship while doing the dishes or helping the family down the road. He has made us for more than this world, and we must learn to recognize Him in the midst of simple tasks as well as creative pursuits.



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