the ideal day to seek significance in our lives.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverb 19:21 NIV
God created each one of us for a reason.
Since we do not come into this life with a certificate engraved with that purpose, we must look to God for help in discovering what it may be.
In his gospel, John said, “God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except thru Him.” (John 1:3 NLT).
This means that we only exist because God created us. If we spend any time at all reading the Bible, as we should, we know that God put each one of us here with the full expectation that our lives would have significance. Just as He placed His Son among us who lived a life that was full of significance, He placed each one of us here to follow His example.
Can any of us live a life as significant as that of Christ?
Of course not. However, if we take advantage of every opportunity to spread the Good News to others; if we fill our lives with purpose and meaning, like Christ; if we spend our time trying to make life better for someone who has nothing to eat, no clothes to wear or nowhere to live; if we devote the talents and abilities that God has given us – no matter how great or how seemingly small they may be – to the care and comfort of others, like Christ; then we will leave this earth knowing that we have succeeded in our search for significance.
“But I have lived a long, sinful life and I think I may be too old to live a life of significance.”
If this statement sounds like it could be coming from you, it is important for you to understand that if your heart is pulling you to seek a purpose; to find meaning; to discover a path that will lead to a more self-less, less self-indulgent life, then the time is not too late.
In fact, the time is perfect. God has placed no age limit on significance. We are never too young, or too old to begin our search.
So much of what swirls around us in daily life is insignificant. Much of it is frivolous, meaningless, and serves no purpose other than to indulge, entertain and arouse us. When we seek significance in our lives, we add tremendous value to it. We make everything around us more enjoyable because we discover the real joy that comes with purpose. Suddenly we are happy from the inside out instead of pursuing insignificant, self-indulgent, external things that only provide us with a pleasure that is shallow and short-lived.
Ask God daily to help in your search for significance. Ask Him to lead you to His purpose for you. It is never too late to search for significance in our lives.
In fact, today is an ideal day to start.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson