I don’t know many people who have a life plan all laid out nice and neat. It’s more often than not that people move along in the day-to-day life without really knowing the overall purpose for their being. There may be a few hints along the way in life, but mostly people just keep trudging along.
Some years ago, I conducted a funeral for a young man who lost his way in life. The people in his own community treated him in a way that reminded him daily that he lost his way a very long time ago. He was labeled by others early on and there didn’t seem to be a way for him to move out from under their labeling. He was unique and answered to a different drummer in life. It’s not good or bad, it’s just a fact. I’m pretty sure that he would have found many more comrades had he been born thirty years earlier or thirty years later in life.
In conducting the funeral for this twenty-something young man, it made me think about how precious life is and wonder why it is that we move along in our own day-to-day existence without regard to our life ever having an end date.
For today, let’s get out in the world with the knowledge that each person is unique. What might those who are different from us teach us about ourselves?
17:1 Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said: Father, it’s time. Display the bright splendor of your Son so the Son in turn may show your bright splendor.
2 You put him in charge of everything human so he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.
3 And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, the one and only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
4 I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor, the very splendor I had in your presence before there was a world.
6 I spelled out your character in detail to the men and women you gave me. They were yours in the first place; then you gave them to me, and they have now done what you said.
7 They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that everything you gave me is firsthand from you,
8 For the message you gave me, I gave them; and they took it, and were convinced that I came from you. They believed that you sent me.
9 I pray for them. I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world but for those you gave me, for they are yours by right.
10 Everything mine is yours, and yours mine, and my life is on display in them. 11 For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world; they’ll continue in the world while I return to you. Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life that you conferred as a gift through me, so they can be one heart and mind
In this prayer Jesus prayed for himself and for his disciples. We hear of the gifts Jesus has given his people; the gift of eternal life and of the gift of God’s Word to them. We can also see that believers are God’s gift to Jesus, just as Jesus is God’s gift to us.
When have you been clearest about your purpose here on earth? How would you say people can best discover God’s purpose for their life? How would a person be able to tell the difference between accomplishing something they want to accomplish and accomplishing something God wants them to accomplish? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you what they hope they get to do in their life
Remember in Prayer: Helen, Westlane Middle School, Peggy, Marj, The Toon family, The Guerra family, Sara & family, Al & Mary, Diana, Vivian, Aaron, Margaret, Marc, Sharon, Josh, Herb’s family, Lynn, Vicki, Sue, Heidi, Kristin, Barbara, Karen, Jim, Angela, Tim, Jeremy, Dick, Diane, Frank & Jean, Barb, Sue
And those experiencing loss – family and friends of: Mr. Goodman, Mary Lynn, Luis, Nita, Nancy, Edward, Doris, Angela
Prayer: O God, we come before you this day in thanks. Thank you for creating us as unique individuals. We pray for your protection to surround us as we find your way for us in life.
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