Tonight, while switching channels on TV, I came across Oprah’s Life Class Tour. Her topic for tonight was “Living Life On Purpose,” with guest speaker, Bishop T. D. Jakes. So, I thought it was only appropriate that I post my thoughts on purpose from the P-Attitudes. Enjoy!
Purpose – There are miracles in having a life of purpose. Developing a burning desire to fulfill that for which God has called you is the starting point of achievement. Too many of us have been duped into believing that unless we have a “major” purpose, our life on earth does not matter. This mindset could not be further from the truth. For every nation of Israel who desires deliverance from the hands of its Egyptian masters, God seeks a Moses. For every Civil Rights movement confronting racial inequality, God seeks a Martin Luther King, Jr. And for every Jackie, God seeks someone who will listen to His voice, and respond obediently.
I fondly recall hearing a story from a young lady, in fact it was my daughter, who told me that God’s Spirit prompted her to act and she did. The outcome – her suicidal neighbor, Jackie, survived the night and is still here today. Let me recount the story:
She told me that she had a long day and had decided to come home and go straight to bed. Well, it did not work out that way. She worked on the computer and had the window of her 2nd floor dorm room open. For about 30 minutes she heard a girl crying out in the adjacent window. Instead of the situation sounding like it was getting better, it seemed to escalate until she finally heard a door slam and the lights go out. For some time, she felt God’s Spirit prompting her to say something, but she tried to ignore Him.
Finally, unable to ignore the pressing inside of her, she lifted the blinds and said “Hello.” There was no response. She called out again, “Hello.” A whimpering voice came to the window. “I heard you crying and I just wanted to know if you were okay.” Jackie began crying even louder. She told the concerned neighbor that she had been contemplating the best way to commit suicide. She had gotten drunk and taken some aspirin so she would not feel the pain. She had tied a computer power cord in her shower and had a chair to hang herself. Just before hearing the neighbor’s voice calling out to her, she had shut the door, turned off the lights and had a knife, about to cut her wrist.
To God, I believe obedience from someone who will make herself available for Jackie is just as significant as obedience from Moses and John the Baptizer. Everyone will not make the Forbes 100 Most Influential People, or the Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. For many of us, our encounter with the Jackie’s of the world will never be captured on film or in print.
Each one of us has been placed on this earth to accomplish a specific purpose and I believe God is counting on us to come through. Often, God will invest a great deal of time grooming and preparing us for one or two specific moments when He will reveal to us what He needs us to do. As Rick Warren said in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, “It is not about us.” It is about being available to God to fulfill the call that He has placed upon us and making sure that when He calls, we are willing and obedient to answer that call and to fulfill His purpose.