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The Purpose of Your Life

Everything in life, Aristotle pointed out, has a purpose;  it defines it, even names it- screwdriver, hammer, computer.  Haven’t you raised the biggest personal question: “What on earth am I doing here?” The answer to that question is also familiar- “You can’t get there from here.”  In the grand scheme of things “It’s not about you.”  If only an inventor could explain the purpose of his creation, wouldn’t you want to know what your Creator intended for you? In the best-selling The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You exist only because He wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God—until you understand that, life will make no sense.” We are each made for a special purpose, but our overall function is to relate to God, whose very nature is relational(Love).  The first lesson in the Westminster Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

After Brian Nichols shot up the Atlanta courtroom and escaped in 2005, he took Ashley Smith hostage and stayed in her apartment. During her capture she shared  Warren’s book with the murderer, who was moved to surrender to God, and the authorities. This story will soon be told in a motion picture produced by our friend, Ken Wales(pictured here), who produced Amazing Grace, Christy, Pink Panther, etc. Watch for the film. More importantly, read Warren’s book, and your Owner’s Manual, the Bible, to find your own special purpose.