I want to talk for a moment about why we’re all here. There is often confusion around this question. The other day, I heard Jim Carrey spouting existentialism on Youtube, adamantly declaring in an interview that none of us really exist, that life itself is an illusion and nothing has meaning.
Wouldn’t it be horrifying if that were true? If we didn’t really exist and nothing in the universe had meaning. It is downright depressing that people actually believe that.
The more adjusted folks in the self-help world say that we’re all here to be our best selves and give back in some way, that life is about making your dreams come true and reaching your potential. Hey, at least they believe that we’re here for a reason! But they’re still missing the mark. I’ve sub-consciously affirmed the self-help mentality in my lifetime, but now I’m ready to voice something completely different.
Here is what I believe to be true:
Figuring out myself and my purpose is all a big distraction. This isn’t about me. I’m not here to perfect the 7 habits, no matter how helpful they are. I’m not here to make all of my wildest dreams come true. I’m not here to enjoy safety and prosperity for the rest of my life. I’m not here to gain the adoration and favor of the masses or even experience as much of planet earth as possible. I am here to do the will of my Father. I am here to see my God do his thing in my life and the lives of the world, to fight against the powers that resist good, and enjoy the best of His kingdom.
That’s why I am here! And, I’ll say it again, everything else is just a big distraction. Pursuing your own dreams sounds awesome, but you won’t feel awesome in your soul on any other path than the one that corresponds with his mission.
What I have begun to realize lately is that while faith in Jesus Christ is the first step in assuming a universe impacting role, we don’t actually assume it until we begin paying attention. There are opportunities everywhere to live intentionally for the truth, and the Lord has specific ones in place for each of us, but we must stop chasing what we think we’re here for and begin humbly listening to his guidance.
When you feel a prodding to contact someone in your church just to see how they are, or to begin writing a book, or to ask a question, send an email, say a prayer, or take up flying lessons…often those are opportunities we are supposed to respond to. The more we pay attention, listen for our next assignment, and take the leap to do it, the more He will give us to do, and the more life we will live. Not doing so will by no means thwart the Lord’s plan, but we will miss out on some extraordinary opportunities!
None of us are likely to hear a voice from the skies saying “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” For whatever reason, that’s not how God often interacts with us anymore. He uses the Bible, the voices of godly people, and the holy spirit who often does little more than whisper.
We are here to be aware of that whisper and do his earth shaking, mountain moving will here on earth. That’s the existing that knocks existentialism’s teeth out.
Call it living on assignment, living with a mission, or living with purpose, but I’d just like to start calling it “living.”