Sadly, we often don't even come near that mark. Part of the problem is that sometimes we don't keep our conversation going with Him regularly enough to realize what it exactly is that he wants out of us. That takes time and in an impatient society that expects instant gratification, we don't understand that God works according to His time schedule, not ours.
It doesn't matter if we are old, young, rich or poor. It doesn't matter whether we are woman or man, white or black or yellow, each once of us has a special gift from God that He wants us to use in our lives in praise of Him. So, if you've been wandering around wondering what the purpose of your life might be, talk to Him today and start the conversation. He'll show you and lead you down the path to find it. Often we get the answer in ways we don't understand, but if we trust, listen, and follow Him it will present itself and you will know.
In case you think that I see myself as some kind of wizard on the subject and you think I am being preachy toward you, I am no exception to the picture I just presented. I was born into the church but as I grew I stood back from it and found excuses for not being there on Sunday. But the memories from my childhood of singing "Jesus Loves Me" in Sunday school, or participating actively in youth fellowship, or even getting a tingle down my spine when the wonderful minister of my youth was exuberant on Easter Sunday telling the age old story came back to me eventually. As a result I became active again in the Christian fellowship and felt oh, so much better for it. But something was still missing. It's as if I knew God had a plan for me and although gainfully employed with a good job, there was something else I must do.
That something else only came to me in retirement about six years ago and it came in my introduction to writing. Oh, I wrote position papers, marketing reports and other business documents for years. I was complimented on my writing but, upon retirement, I realized there was so much more to writing. So, I took a year long course to hone my skills and began writing devotionals and Christian blogs like this one. Then I took the leap into the book publishing world and began writing books. They weren't very good at first but each got better, and while I'll never be a Ernest Hemingway, I feel that it is my duty to impart the things I love about this world and our blessings gained through experience. I believe it is my way of sharing my love for God and what He gave us. And I know this: when I am writing and asking God for His help in leading the way, I become relaxed and at peace, always looking for the natural things around me to keep me in tune with His message. Finally, getting to this point, I know it's what is expected of me; I just feel it every day.
Does this mean that I'm going to be a best seller? No, probably not, but it does mean that I am doing something that is expected of me and that it will have impact in ways that I may not realize are happening. And it also means that God knows. Oh, yes, He knows what I am doing and I believe He is smiling down on me. That is more fulfilling to me than any best seller could ever be and furthermore, it motivates me to keep working and trying.
Dear Lord, Thank you for your love and grace that you give to us. And help us to see the things that you want us to see and do the things that you want us to do, for with you we are everything. Without you, we are nothing. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen.