Inflated with purpose

Hebrews 13:1
“Let mutual love continue.” (NRSV)

Today’s Thought
These days I’m thinking a lot about purpose. I just think that knowing your purpose has the potential to inflate your days with meaning, energy, zest and faith.

And if you don’t ever think about how your daily purpose connects up to God’s bigger plans, I think you risk spiraling into some sort of abyss… mental or spiritual.

That’s what happened to Leo Tolstoy. He was the great Russian author who wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Here’s what was going on in his mind when he had his own personal crisis:

“My question—that which at the age of fifty brought me to the verge of suicide—was the simplest of questions, lying in the soul of every man… a question without an answer to which one cannot live. It was: “What will come of what I am doing today or tomorrow? What will come of my whole life? Why should I live, why wish for anything, or do anything?” It can also be expressed thus: Is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?

Ponder that last question and apply it to yourself: “Is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?

In other words, when you think about how you spend your time and energy, are you investing in things that will last beyond death?

You’re right. There’s no way a 1-minute devotional can help you fully answer that question. But today I just want to help you forward with one suggestion:

Are you spending more of your time and energy on things… or on people?

About 95% of you are reading this in North America. And we are exceptionally skilled at putting work and things and money ahead of the people God has placed in our lives.

I realize there are bills to pay and jobs to do. But those things shouldn’t define you.

Along with Tolstoy, ask: “Is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?” As you search for the answer, think about the (actual) priority you place on the people around you.

Investing grace, truth, help and respect in people is one God-honouring way to live a life inflated with purpose.

Are you spending more of your time and energy on things… or on people?

By Matthew Ruttan

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