Life's Purpose

I just got done dispensing the meds this Sunday morning from a huge machine that spewed thousands of pills for the inmates’ morning and noon doses. As I went back to the Clinic, I overheard a conversation between 2 of my co-workers with the Sergeant who loved talking to these two specific nurses.

“So, when are you retiring?” asked one to the Sergeant.

“In about 7 ½ months,” he replied as he sat comfortably,  slightly leaning back on the chair.

“Wow!” exclaimed the other. “What are you gonna’ do then?”

“I think if given choices, I would still work somewhere…I can’t imagine myself just doing nothing after having a good time seeing places. You know, maybe work part time. Just to give a purpose into my life,” he responded confidently.

All night, they talked about his plans to see this place or do that thing. I sat there quietly. Just helped the staff assistant who stayed overtime for 4 hours to help the Clinic with piling paper works.

The Sergeant’s word “life’s purpose” cut so deep into my mind. I started wondering if all of them there knew what life’s purpose mean. As I started to evaluate my own knowledge right then, my mind busy working. To be a nurse? To be a mom? Oh how my mind wandered to many possibilities of life’s adventures! But as I sought His leading, the imagination was not about me anymore. It headed down to knowing how God made each of us and everything here [1 John 1:3]. We surely can’t be proud of anything because everything came from Him. We all exist because God made us all. All my life’s goals and achievements I did and continue to achieve because of the talents He gave me [us] in the first place. We are made to worship and obey God. The way Jesus did. He gave His life on the cross to fulfill the Father’s will. So we may live. And as we accept Him into our hearts, a purpose was planted: that is….. To seek Him first so we can know more things of God and then… to bring others to Christ.

“And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds. Then everyone will give honor to the name of our Lord Jesus because of you, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the undeserved favor of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” - 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12



23 comments:

  1. Great post and a topic that I've thought about a lot these past several months. To live and give my ALL to Him is my life's purpose. I'm so glad He has shown me that.

    Have a blessed week, Sis.

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  2. We seem to be thining the same thing lately, lol. I would love to write a book, but I think others have that covered. Plus, I don't feel "educated" enough. Maybe there will be a Lifetime movie of the week made about my life one day! Seriously, I just have to believe that God did not allow me (and my girls) to go through this for nothing. There has got to be some good come out of this.

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  3. God gives us purpose, He gives us meaning.
    Beautiful post

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  4. How important indeed that we know our life purpose so that we live our lives on target, and not off tangent, or else we will one day realize too late that we have missed the road to our destiny.

    This is a good post, Rosel. How sad I feel for that Sergeant co worker.

    Do they get to read your posts? Maybe if they do, then let us hope and pray they find the way and get on the right track to their life purpose.

    Love
    Lidj

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  5. Hi, Yes to live a life with meaning and to one day be remembered for that is what's important.
    I believe we cannot make plans without saying at the end, "God willing."
    Who knows what tomorrow will bring?? none of us.
    Very thought provoking, God bless

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  6. @ sister Beth: Never underestimate your capability. Because if you are a willing vessel for the Lord's purpose, He is the One Who is the Best Source of knowledge and wisdom. Far above than what man has. Blessings and thank you to all of you. God bless you all.

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  7. @ sister Lidj: Only one supervisor knows about my blog. They don't seem to believe me when I try to share with someone that I am writing for Him. I think it's that inner fear that makes them afraid and try not to be interested. It's a spiritual battle and I know some of them, actually, a lot of them committing adultery. But I am praying for them to know the Lord and draw nearer to His Word. I am praying that the Lord will bring convictions to their hearts and He be the One to get a hold of everyone. To God be the glory!

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  8. Food for thought this morning. Thanks.

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  9. @sister Crystal Mary: I was thinking about that passage from James when the Sergeant said that he had a plan to do this, do that...."God willing..." That's what's missing.

    James 4:15 - "What you ought to say is, 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." Thank you.

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  10. Thank you again for such an inspiring message of real life happenings. Life's Purpose for me is to reach as many as I can with the message of God's free gift of Salvation. God bless you. Lloyd

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  11. I'm always asking God "What's next?" For years, I lived my life (my way) and I sure made a mess of it.

    You're always reminding us to look at Jesus...thanks!

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  12. This was such a good post. I think it is soo easy in the world we live in today with everything so fast paced and "urgent" that we can soo easily forget what our real purpose here is. To know and love God above all else and to share that with others. Have a wonderful day.

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  13. @bro.Lloyd: When I was living in the dark, it was all about me. I'm grateful that the Lord found me and found that purpose in Him. God bless and may the Lord guide you and protect you as you share the Good News.

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  14. @ sister Tammy: Sometimes, when I feel weary and not wanting to continue to do the task He had given me, I learned not to ask Him "what's next Lord?". Instead, I ask Him now: "What do I do now Lord, right here, right now!? Please help me and empower me." Thank you for your insight. God bless.

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  15. @ sister Debbie: I agree. The things of the world was etched with us that it is so hard to let go of them and be renewed by His things. But by His grace, we can be re-programmed by Him as we surrender day to day to our Lord. Blessings.

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  16. Excellent Post!!!

    Proverbs 19:21
    There are many plans in a man’s heart,
    Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.

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  17. The purpose of our life is not hard to know. Most people reject it or remain blissfully ignorant. Our purpose is to magnify the glorious nature and character of God in all that we do. (Isaiah 46). We are to gloryify God and to enjoy Him forever.

    I Cor 10:31 says whatever we do, from eating or drnking, being a pastor to being a corectional nurse, all that we do is to reveal, reflect, magnify, make known, the glorious character of God.

    If we choose to be a mom or dad, teacher, wife, or husband, a writer, a nurse, a doctor - regardless of the choice, our choice should be lived out in such a way that God is gloriified.

    What a shame that so many people will come to the end of their lives never having fulfilled their purpose. Thomas Watson once told his congregation, it would be better to have never been born and to have lived than to miss out purpose (glorifying God.)

    My heart breaks for the millions you never come to this truth.

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  18. When we know Jesus and commit to Him, it colors our world so differently with purpose beyond our understanding. Great thoughts here.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  19. Thank you for an awesome post. Thank God for undeserved favor and God-given purpose.

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  20. The Great Commision can be divided into two distinct, but interrelated ministries. You are either called to go down into the well (i.e. go as a missionary) or hold the rope for those who go down (i.e. support missionaries). Either way….there will be scars on your hands. Those who do not go are called to support those who do with the same dedication and sacrifice (Matthew 28:18-20).

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  21. Adore that prayer from 2 Thessalonians

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  22. What a beautiful reminder that we are because of Him! I love these words, "All my life’s goals and achievements I did and continue to achieve because of the talents He gave me [us] in the first place."

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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