Searching for a Purpose

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“The problem for us is not are our desires satisfied or not. The problem is how do we know what we desire?”

Slavoj Zizek

“For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”

Romans 11:29

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Colossians 3:2-3

I’m not sure we ever outgrow the search for our true self. It’s an endless search for significance. Mostly we find enough in our family, our career and even our friendships. But then things happen that show you how fragile all this can be. We are inspired when we read Paul sharing with the local church that all of his troubles were not going to define him, instead “…we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18). In his search for purpose he had learned to look past what could be seen and searched for something more.

What do you really want today?  Learn to want something more, something eternal.


One thought on “Searching for a Purpose

  1. A very good reminder. I recently read Psalm 138:8. The ESV translates it this way: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” God does have a purpose for us, to be sure. Although we do not understand it, the search — and the struggle for meaning, purpose, and significance — continues one day at a time.


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