“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” — Henry David Thoreau
There was a cute Everybody Loves Raymond episode years ago, where Raymond thinks his little girl is trying to find out where babies come from, but actually asks ”why are there babies?” Why does God keep causing new children to show up in this world? What is their purpose? Normal questions for curious children. But as adults we have the same type questions. Why does God place us in this precarious world? Why are we here?
That’s what King David asked God one day in Psalm 89:47: “Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man.”
The human race has been seeking answers to the why question for thousands of years now. And along the way we have developed all kinds of corollary questions like: Why do some of us feel so empty? How can we find satisfaction and significance in the repetitive routines and uncertainties of life? Those questions are variations on the theme of “what am I here for?”
We often define our occupation as our purpose in life. I am a doctor, a pastor, a college professor, a mother. Or we define our purpose through success and achievement. I pitched a one-hitter in high school, or I was the state Chess champion, or I wrote a book.
There is no shortage of people who offer advice on the subject of what on earth am I here for. They recommend that you invent your purpose in life. And they propose that the way to invent your purpose is by going after your goals, dreaming big dreams, aiming high, having faith, believing in yourself, figuring out what you’re good at, and never, never, giving up. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of that advice. Doing those things could and probably will enhance your chance of success.
But being a success and knowing your purpose in life are not the same thing. Each of us is unique, which means God’s purpose for you is different than His purpose for me. So what is God’s purpose for you right now? How do we make sure that our work is in alignment with His plan for us? In the Northstar series, “What on Earth Am I Here For” that begins on September 8, we will attempt to answer the question.
We know that God never made anything without a purpose in mind. Ephesians 1:11 says: ”In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
We may not understand it, and at times we may have even forgotten it, but God made everything with a purpose. In this series we will talk about that purpose for us as Christians. The reason you are here is far greater than your own personal success. It’s far greater than your own happiness. It’s even greater than your own peace of mind or your own life. You were made by God and you were made for God and you were put here for His purposes.
I am really excited about this series. You might be new to church or to Northstar. Maybe you are on the fringes of understanding, but want to hear more. Maybe you have fallen away from church for whatever reason and you want to connect. Maybe you are a seasoned Christian seeking a whole new deep experience with God. And maybe you’re a seeker, just checking this church thing out.
No matter where you are in this spectrum, I believe God has something special for you in this series. We will show you in this series that God has plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). We will talk about how to tap into His great resources. And we will talk about how answering the why question is a process. It is not a statement, or a moment or even a finish line. It’s a process.
Take the first step in understanding His purpose and calling for our lives by attending and being open to the Holy Spirit working in your life during this series.
See you on September 8th for the first message in the series, “The Call Is For You.”