Last weekend, my son and I watched the movie A Dog’s Purpose. Despite the fact that I don’t believe in reincarnation, I think that was simply the method to drive home a greater message.
Everyone needs a purpose.
If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, it is about a dog who dies and comes back with another dog life more than once. Each life is very different. The dog questions his purpose…Why is he here?
Isn’t that what we all wonder at some time or another in our lives?
Without spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the dog seeks to understand his meaning in each “life” he experiences. Of course, I cried as my teenage son leaned over to me and rolled his eyes. It made me think of my own dogs and how comforting they are to me.
Purpose. What exactly does that mean? The dictionary defines purpose as the reason for which something is created or something exists.
Everyone needs to feel they have a purpose.
A friend and I had a conversation about purpose over dinner not too long ago. She shared that as she gets older, the concept of purpose has become so much more important to her… Important to the point where she is questioning… What’s next, God?
Purpose is greater than a job. Purpose is more than a title. Purpose is not bringing home a paycheck. These things complement our purpose, but they can’t be our life purpose.
From Ecclesiastes 1…”Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless! What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?”
Work definitely can provide purpose to our lives when we find meaning in what we do and feel valued. Other areas of life…Family, leisure past-time, relationships… Everything works together to create something that feels meaningful for us, our existence here.
But what about purpose?
For me, my purpose is founded and grounded in my faith. Christ is my rock.
Work takes on new meaning when I see myself as working for the Lord and not people.
Relationships take on new meaning when I value others and invest in their lives.
When I truly believe that I am enough in Christ and that He defines my purpose in life then my life takes on meaning despite my circumstances. When I can trust God through the rough spots and believe that He works all things for His greater purpose in my life, then I can embrace my purpose.
Don’t compare your circumstances to someone else’s circumstances. Believe that you were created with a unique purpose only you can fulfill. Trust God to write your story.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8