Your Purpose Here on Earth

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and You shall love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 22:37-39.

I sit here and ponder what truly matters: loving God and loving others.

Right here, right now, today. Worshipping, trusting and obeying the Almighty God who made you and died for you, and caring for others above yourself. That’s the meaning of life in a nutshell. Every single day. 

When I breath my last I will be forgotten quickly. My time here most likely will leave no lasting mark. My material things will be sold, money will be exchanged, and then they will become someone else’s possessions. I will be a memory in the hearts and minds of those closest to me, and then, even that will be lost in time.

There is no permanence – nothing that will last – nothing that will say I was even here on this earth at all. In the words of Solomon, “It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after” (Ecclesiastes 1:11).

There is a struggle for meaning and fulfillment in the very short time we have here on this earth. Through our own choices it is our daily battle. It’s in every little decision we make: how we talk to ourselves, what we expose our hearts to, who we spend our time with, and how we react to unforeseen circumstances. It’s in our suffering and hard days – what do we believe in our fear – when we truly have NO control over what is before us? Yet it’s also in the gratitude of our hearts. It’s in our worship.

God provides a bigger purpose for our lives. But who is Jesus to you? Time is short. Explore it, question it, delve deeply into it. Eternity will come – where will you be when your time here is over? 

Lord God help us to measure our days that they can matter and have eternal significance. We come before you praying for hearts that love you above all and love others above ourselves. To you be the glory. Amen.

WRITTEN BY WENDY DOUGHERTY

 

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