“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”
-Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
Aren’t we all searching for that elusive purpose all the time? Searching for meaning in our lives, the reason we’re here, the big picture? We ask,
“What is my purpose in life?”
“What was I made to do?”
“What is the bigger purpose and meaning behind how I spend my days?”
“What is the reason for this difficult time?”
You and I want to make a difference. We want our days and our lives to matter, to count for something. To have purpose. We want to know we’re not wasted space or wasting time. We want to connect the dots, to see the big picture, to know why we do what we do, or whether we ought to be doing something different.
Have you ever heard someone say – or maybe you’ve said it yourself – when in a season that feels slow and quiet and unproductive, “I feel like I have no purpose! I’m just going through the motions and wasting my life!” I’ve heard those words. I’ve said those words.
Probably in some cases, it’s true. Maybe you have gotten stuck in a dead-end job or relationship. Maybe you’re stagnating while you should be moving. Maybe your feeling of purposelessness is a godly discontent urging you to do something about it.
But on the other hand, maybe God wants you right where you are. Sometimes He puts us in these quiet seasons – of waiting, being faithful, resting in Him, learning to be patient while He does His invisible work.
What we sometimes forget is that our ultimate purpose is not an action or a job or thing that we do. It’s the Person we worship.
“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given me to do.” (John 17:4)
“Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31)
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism)
If you and I – in whatever season we find ourselves in – seek to glorify God in every little thing we do and word we speak, and rejoice in Him every day, our lives will be full of purpose. Whether you can see the effect right now or not, He will be working His good purpose in you and through you, and nothing will be wasted.