Finding Purpose


This past week, I was trying to warm up some pastries that a friend of ours had made. My friend had told me how to warm it up and then put powdered sugar on top to make it great. So I did… at least I thought I did.

As my wife took her first bite, I was waiting to hear her say: “mmm, that tastes good”. But instead, she was kind of quiet. Then she said, “It tastes kind of doughy. Is that flour sprinkled on top?”.

I had used flour instead of powdered sugar! Obviously, preparing food is not a strength of mine. Not even close. Even though I can survive on my own if I had to, it’s not my calling in life.

Yes, I know. We’re all trying to find our purpose in life. Even those of us who seem like we’ve got it all figured out… often wonder if we’ve got it all figured out.

Truth – Life isn’t about us. We’re really here for a higher purpose. Us stubborn ones don’t want to admit that.

I love how Moses explained life and hope to the people of Israel before they entered the promised land.

“He [God] did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful” ~Deuteronomy 8:17

“You must recognize that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not — you are a stubborn people.” ~Deuteronomy 9:6


God is going to fulfill His purpose. He can do it through us or through someone else if we choose to be defiant. God’s purpose is to bring glory to Himself. All of our plans, efforts and careers should point to that. Instead we often find ourselves pointing to our house, our kids and our future (a.k.a. bringing glory to ourselves).

It’s about our priorities. All of those things we desire should take second place to bringing glory to God. He is faithful. He is loving. He is true.

Too simple?

Our attitude today, right now, is so important. Whether I work as a chicken cook, a tree trimmer, an accountant, or a C.E.O., I need to ask myself, how am I doing it and who am I doing it for?”.

Jesus said this for a reason:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” ~John 14:6

If you want to find purpose in life, find Jesus. Don’t just know about Him, but know Him. Don’t just believe in Him, but believe Him. Know that He is Hope and Life for all of us. All those other decisions about what job to take, what college to go to, what city to live in – those are all secondary to choosing God and bringing glory to Him.

Maybe we should put labels on those flour and sugar canisters in our cupboard.


One Response to “Finding Purpose”

  1. Thanks so much for your words. So truthful and inspiring. What’s a “chicken cook”? LOL

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