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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 3, 2011 - Purpose and Process

By Randy Mantik

These past weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about two things, purpose and process. Simply stated, purpose is the question of the ages that all humans struggle with at one time or another. Process is what we are all going through to hopefully achieve our purpose.

As I was taking a walk the other night ruminating about these things, my main question was, “Am I about the right purpose?” Right then my ear was struck by a bird’s song and its simple beauty. The bird sang again and again. In that moment, I could have just concentrated on my purpose: “I’m on a walk here. Who cares about the song of a bird?” But, as I drank in the moment, enjoying the cool of the evening, the russet sunset and the bird’s song, I was touched. Why? Did I suddenly discover what process I should be in to find my purpose? Perhaps not as some grand epiphany, but I think I stumbled onto something.

We humans tend to spend all our lives trying to figure out the point to things that happen to us along life’s journey. Some people get stuck on something unfortunate that happened in their teens and are still trying in their 80s to figure out what it was all about. If we can lay down the unbearably heavy burden of unanswerable whys at God’s feet and find rest in knowing that He knows, that is a huge and integral step in the process of finding and living out our purpose.

Jesus said, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45, NIV). Is there any particular reason one gets the rain to nourish their ground and another doesn’t? There doesn’t appear to be. It just happens. I do not mean this to sound fatalistic. Rather, I am particularly speaking to some who have cried out to God and found no answer, who have struggled and searched and have not found the reason, unable to see that the process is accomplishing anything.

Again and again, Solomon sought an answer to the mysteries of life. If you read his summation of it in Ecclesiastes, you find that he again and again uses one word: “meaningless.” What conclusion does he come to? Here it is: “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24).

So our best use of time is to simply learn to enjoy the ride. Learn the lessons we can from the bumps and crashes along the way and allow the beauty and strength of spirit and character to be developed in us that only those hard places can bring. And trust God to handle the stuff that’s impossible to understand. Find the place God has for us and be happy in it. Go for the things that provide steppingstones to our ultimate God-given purpose.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.

 

 

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