YOUTHS AND PURPOSE

Have you ever wondered why you are created to live on this earth? Have you never asked what your purpose on earth is all about? These are very important questions for any human being living on this earth. Sometimes I go further to ask: why was I not created as a plant, animal, or other things other than a human being? This makes me realize just how important I am, as a human being. I doubt if there is any creature more blessed than a human being on earth. We are the best of God’s creations and thus born for very special purposes. But how many of us are in harmony with this truth that every human being has a very special role to play on this earth? Of course we all have our doubts and many are still looking for answers. Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-14, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.” Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” and Proverbs 3:1-8 says, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you. Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”

I believe the first step in discovering our true purpose on earth is to establish a very strong relationship with God. Not a casual relationship, but a very strong relationship. We can only hear God if we are close to Him. The secrets to realizing our true purpose on earth is in the Holy Scripture. Simply create time for daily studies and meditation on the word of God. You can employ the assistance of a church or someone you are convinced is deeply rooted in the word of God to help out. You may be wondering why you need God to find your true purpose in life; well, if you want to know the original purpose of a particular thing, don’t you think it would be a good idea to ask the creator of that thing? Don’t we think God knows exactly what he made us for?

It can be scary sometimes to think about committing to following God’s purpose when we begin to imagine that God’s purpose might not be what we want or that it does not connect with the dreams we’ve already designed for our lives. We become afraid about having to give up some of our passions and dreams in allowing God’s purpose into our lives. Now look at this example: let say we have two bowls on a table; one bowl empty and the other containing water. Then on the same table is a fork, spoon and a cup. We are then asked to transfer the water from the bowl (the bowl containing water) into the empty bowl using either of the cup, fork or spoon. Now, which of the three do you think would be most helpful? Yes, the cup. The fork is a very important tool no doubt, but in transferring water from one bowl to another, it becomes almost useless. The cup is much better in that aspect. We are like these tools in the hands of God. Insisting on our own ways is like a fork insisting on being used in transferring water from one bowl to another. God knows our purpose because He created us, and He knows what we’ll be best at. God’s purpose for our lives is so amazing, but God is not going to force us to live according to this purpose. It is a choice to make for ourselves. What is preventing us from having faith in Him and walking in the light of His love to lead us to our true destination?

Ask yourself: WHAT AM I DOING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE,? ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION? If not, then there is still space for improvement, try to fill it up. Someone once advised that time is very, very important and how we use our time determines the results of our investments. Don’t procrastinate what you can do today, time is precious, procrastination is delay. Just like an ice, the purposes we have designed for ourselves may seem strong and sturdy at the beginning, but as time goes, they begin to vanish under serious heat and pressures that come in forms of difficulties and challenges. They are built on a sandy foundation. God’s plans and purposes on the other hand, stand firm forever. So really, who do we think is better equipped to be in charge of our life’s purpose or destiny?

Have you ever bought someone very special a birthday gift? Like someone you know and love very much. Imagine it is a dress. Imagine looking for the perfect colour and design that suits them almost perfectly because you know them so well and so sure they would love it. You wrapped it excitedly and hid it carefully from every prying eye. Then you anxiously counted down the days to their birthday so you could finally hand it to them. Do you imagine how amazing such plans can be? That is a kind of how I imagine how God feels about handing us our purposes in life. He knows you better than anyone else ever will, and He has this amazing purpose for you that He has created. He is just excitedly waiting until we say YES to Him. Saying YES to God simply requires having FAITH in Him. In Matthew 14:31, Jesus while saving Peter from sinking as a result of his fear said, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” Faith is an essential quality in staying connected to God. Your past mistakes are not really a barrier if you want to reach out to God as long as you’ve made up your mind today to stay connected to Him. The choice is ours and the fruits are also ours to eat.

So when you open your Bible henceforth, and you come across a commandment or an instruction on how to live, don’t look at it as a rule. Look at it as God revealing your purpose to you. He knows you and knows what you need. He gave us an incredible gift of His word. So open it up and start living. I am still battling with my challenges as s youth, but I Will not give up. I’ll fight everyday to be a better person until the end. HAVE A GLORIOUS YEAR AHEAD!

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