After hearing someone describe what they thought the best moments in life were, I put some thought into it myself. Many things ran through my mind that could be included, but nothing seemed quite right or simple enough. Then one day I was on a phone call and three things came to me as clear as day. In fact, I interrupted the phone call to inform the person I was talking to about my epiphany (not that they cared at the time). They were simple, straight-forward, and covered each facet of life. Now I will share them with you.
- When you are BORN (the beginning of life)
- When you are BORN AGAIN (the securing of your future life)
- When you seek God and He reveals why you were BORN in the first place (the discovery of your purpose in life)
Even as I look back on them now, I say “wow” to myself. Each of the most significant moments in life have to do with some aspect of birth. I heard someone say that one of them was when you discovered why you were born. Notice that I didn’t say that. The only true way to know your purpose is for your Creator to tell you. How could a chair know it was a chair, except that the maker of that chair let it be known? One man may sit in it. One may use it as a step stool to reach a light bulb. One may use it as a footstool to prop his feet up. There are numerous other ways that chair can be used, but it was created for but one purpose and only the one who created it truly knows. If we depend on ourselves to find our purpose we may do a lot of good things, but may never be truly fulfilled. A book may work as a table leveler, a straight-edge to draw a line, or a booster seat for a child to sit at the table. But if that book is never opened and read, then the purpose for that author writing it will never be known.
The significance of being born is a simple one to understand; it is what gets you here to this earth. It starts the clock ticking on your span of time to impact the world. Being born again by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior starts the clock on you getting to your eternal life in paradise. It is the most secure investment you can ever make. It has never had a negative ROI (return on investment). Its shareholders receive a dividend all of the time. It is the key to unlocking the door to the discovery of purpose mentioned above. Without it, your happiness and rewards will only be temporary and short-lived.
I said all of that to really get to this point, that is, that finding out why we are here is the key to ending much of the chaos that surrounds this life. I look around at the young people and they are walking around trying to “find themselves” at school, in gangs, with a boy, with a girl, from the teacher, from the coach, from each other, and from a society that is attempting to make them accept any behavior as good. They are so lost that they will try anything just to “see”. How crazy is that? I cannot tell how many times I have asked a young person why they did something and they had no answer or just said it was “something to do.” I can tell you this much, there are plenty of things that I do not need to experience to know they are not for me. I don’t need to try alcohol, drugs, getting shot, experiencing an earthquake, etc. But somehow we have allowed the idea of testing the waters to permeate throughout this generation. Society says it is ok to try things out to find yourself, but I say we need to show them the answers in God so He can tell them.
I am proud to say that I don’t even know what alcohol tastes like or what smoking anything feels like at all. I don’t say that to brag in any way, but rather to point out that I had people around me who showed me how to pursue finding my purpose. Ergo, when I got to campus on my own for the first time in college, the temptation to smoke and drink didn’t bother me. I already knew that those things would tear me away from what I needed to be doing. I already knew who I was. When people would tell me that I seemed different and ask why, that is what I would tell them. I challenged them many times as well saying that if they could give me just one good reason to deviate from that purpose and join them, then I would. As I mentioned before, I never have so clearly I was never given a good reason.
We have got to get a handle on the youth by showing them how to find their true purpose. It is not to have babies out-of-wedlock. It is not to try to be intimate with every girl you can. It is not to be the baddest guy on the block and show how bad you are by killing. It is not being satisfied with just being mediocre. No, it is much more than that, but we need to first know our purpose ourselves. Have you sought out God for your own and then started operating in it? If not, it is time so that we can turn this thing around, especially in our inner city communities around the world. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3…