The Purpose


Sometimes, some days, we find ourselves thinking that it’s just hard to get out of bed.  Sometimes, some days, we wake up, and just don’t want to go on.  We look at our lives and see the vicious cycle, day in, day out, over and over again.  Nothing changes.  Nothing rearranges.  Nothing new. 
“How did I get to this place?” we ask ourselves.  “Why am I stuck in this place, this job, this house, this situation?”
Sometimes, some days, we wake up and look back over our recent days, weeks and months and think that maybe it’s all just a waste.  Maybe we’re just wasting our time and our energy and efforts… all for what?  For some vague existence in some hole in the wall job, or some life situation you can’t seem to get out of?
“What’s the point?” you ask yourself.  “What’s my purpose?”  “There has to be more to it.”

You’re right.  There is more to it.  But it’s probably not how you think…

In the book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the main character, Eddie, was a maintenance man at an amusement park called Ruby Pier.  He had worked there most of his life, and died working there.  In this fictional story, he finds himself talking to a little girl after he dies:
“I was sad because I didn’t do anything with my life.  I was nothing.  I accomplished nothing.  I was lost.  I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be there,” Eddie says.
“You were supposed to be there,” she said.
“Where?  AT Ruby Pier?
She nodded.
“Fixin’ rides?  That was my existence?  Why?”
She tilted her head, as if it were obvious.
“The children,” she said.  “You keep them safe… It’s where you were supposed to be,” she said.(1)

What if… you are right where you are supposed to be? 

Sometimes the situations we’re in during our lives, and sometimes the places we’re at in our lives don’t add up or make any sense… but sometimes, it’s where you’re supposed to be.  You just have to go through it.  You just have to keep on truckin’ through it.  Keep your head up.  But don’t do it alone, because there is someone who can stand right by your side, who understands exactly what you are feeling and knows what you are going through and can help you through it, and show you that there is, in fact, more to life than just existing, and there’s always more than meets the eyes.  He can show you true purpose… true meaning in life… right where you are….

The book closes by saying, “…each (life) affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.”(1)  You are part of the story in this world… not outside of that story.  You are not alone.  You are part of history…… no… rather… you are part of His Story.

Seek out Jesus, and build that relationship with Him and then you can do just that… You can come to Him, the weary and heavy hearted and tiered and lost, and He will give you rest(2) and purpose.


1. ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom, Page 191, 196
2. Book of Matthew 11:28-30


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