Finding My Purpose in 2014
I usually don’t get caught up in the whole new year thing. I don’t make resolutions, don’t think I get a clean slate or anything like that, and I don’t make promises I’m not sure I can keep. To me, each day is just another day in another year. Yes, I’m a pooper like that.
But this year is going to be different. Recently, I’ve been reading a collection of works by A.W. Tozer called “The Purpose of Man” and it’s really got me thinking and re-evaluating my life. In recent months I’ve wrestled with the question of why I’m here, what my purpose is. I’ve committed myself to writing then all but threw in the towel and given up on writing. I’ve looked into furthering my education then abandoned that idea. I’ve been back and forth, to and fro, wandering here and there looking for answers.
And then this collection of writings comes along and suddenly things are getting a lot clearer.
To find my purpose I have to go back to Genesis 1. God made the heavens and the earth; we know that part. He made the sun and stars, water and land, plants and animals and it was all good. God was pleased. But something was missing. There wasn’t anything there that resembled the maker. So God made man in His image and likeness. God made man to be a reflection of His glory. Man, the darling of creation, was made to worship God and fellowship with Him.
That was it. That was man’s purpose. God would meet with Adam and Even in the coolness of the day and walk with them and talk with them. He would fellowship with them and they would worship him and in them he saw Himself reflected.
But then sin entered the picture and man suffered spiritual amnesia. Man forgot what his purpose was. And ever since we’ve been trying to fill that hole with other stuff: work, education, family, religion, sports.
But our purpose hasn’t changed. Our purpose for being here is to worship God and fellowship with Him. To reflect His glory.
Yes, we have duties and responsibilities. Adam had them (rule over the animals, tend the garden, be fruitful and multiply) and we have them (be salt and light, spread the gospel, do good, love one another). But our purpose, the reason we’re here, is different and simple.
So I’m declaring 2014 my “Year of Purpose.” I want to focus on the reason I’m here. I want to focus on worshiping God and fellowshiping with him. I want to make everything I do an act of worship and keep that fellowship unbroken. I want to worry less about how everything will work out, how our family will be provided for, how many copies my books will sell, how many speaking gigs I’ll get, how I’ll perform at work . . . and give the core of my attention to my primary purpose, trusting that if I do that, the details of life will fall into place.