Dear God... What Am I Doing Here?
One of the most asked questions in life is: What am I doing here and does my life really matter? We all go through life wondering about our life’s purpose and what to do with the time that we have with our lives. We cannot choose our date of birth or death, but we can choose how to live with the time that we have in-between (Psalm 39:4-5). Death will eventually come for us all — and while we can attempt to delay or deny it, life isn’t about counting down your days, but about making every day count.
We can easily get caught up chasing after the wrong things that in the grand scheme of things do not really matter. The bottom line is: what are you going to do with your “dash”; the life God has given you? God has certainly blessed each and every one of us with valuable gifts and unmerited favor (Matthew 25:14-18). Often times we fail to see the value of the gifts God has given us and lose our purpose. We fall into the Cancer of Comparison: looking at the accomplishments and achievements of others. This leads us into a covetous spirit, blinding us from the purpose God has for us (Matthew 25:24-25). This eventually destroys the very life God has given us and causes us to settle for just “good enough”.
When Jesus returns, each of us will have to give an account for our own lives and what we did with what was given to us. He will not ask why we didn’t live like someone else, weren’t as talented, good looking, or what we didn’t have (Matthew 25:26-30). In the parable of the talents, the third servant was not judged for doing something bad, but for doing nothing. To quote Max Depree from Leadership Is an Art, “In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.” May we all be encouraged that Your Life Matters—You were created with a purpose, so Live It!
2) Am I making my days count?
3) What will I do with what God has given me?