That Purpose

I was listening to a lecture and the Speaker said, “Don’t go around to find your purpose. You may never find it. Go out instead and cultivate the purpose that you know; your passion.”

So what is my purpose? What is my passion? It brings me back to the search for my purpose.

But that Speaker is correct. We do not have to go through all the ends of the earth to find our purpose. She is correct in saying, “You have it in you already.” That is correct. I absolutely agree. But the problem is we are so much distracted by all that we see, hear, sense, or feel. Everywhere around us seems either bliss or difficulties. We look beyond and see the horizon. But when we go after that horizon, we find out that it is not there. It is just a mirage; a neverending dream, an unreachable point.

But there is a purpose; definitely. Proverbs 16:4 tells us, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.” And if that is not enough to convince us that there is a purpose, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

One day I was watching someone busily doing something along the beachline. He had gallons and sticks. He had gloves on. He had wide-brimmed hat. He was “summery.” He even had a small audio speaker beside him. He had that beach bench with a colorful umbrella. He seemed like he was really having a great time. He was along the path where I was heading. As I was nearing him, I could not help to stop a little and asked, “Hi, what are you trying to make?” I thought he was making a lemonade for sale. I justified my curiosity because I felt awkward with my question. “I am just very curious, forgive my curiosity.” The man smiled back and said, “Actually, I am just mixing this paint for the work that I will do over that road there.” He was pointing to an asphalted road without markings. “You see, a warning sign to protect the tourists is needed there. That’s my work.” He was looking proud at what he will be doing later as he continued gazing on that asphalted road. “Oh, I see, that is great.” And he continued, “I am only doing it here so that I can also feel the sea breeze while I am doing my work under this heat of the sun. At least I make myself believe that I am in the beach.”

Very creative man he was! He knew his purpose. But he made it sure that while he was doing his purpose he was being kind to himself and enjoy the magnificent gift of nature – the beach.

That brings me back to earth right now. What is my purpose? Maybe I have been trying to tire myself by looking for one when in fact I have already found it. Yes, I now understand what the Speaker was saying, “Cultivate your purpose and don’t go looking for it anywhere because you will never find it.” As if she was intentionally sent to prompt me, she said something that went like this, “Your purpose would always be relevant to society – your family, your friends, your community, and people in general. Social impact is what they say it is.

The purpose of my being is already within me. I am made for a purpose. It is now up to me to cultivate that purpose. I have to go back to my inner self and pray. Yes, pray! The One who created me knows my purpose. He alone would know the answer.

And so I pray, “Dear God, please let me know the purpose why you have created me. Please let me do that purpose before I even leave this world. Please make me a part of your legacy. May the footprints that I leave behind be Yours.”