Saturday, January 23


pur⋅pose (as defined by
1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

I haven't been to school. I don't have any plans to go to school anytime soon. I'm certainly not following the path that a large portion of this world seems to think is required for well adjusted adults. People will look down on me and say I'm not worthy of their time because I never jumped through the hoops they decided I needed to because someone decided they needed to when they were in my position.

But ya know what? That doesn't really matter. Because while you may think I have no purpose, I know I've been given quite an extraordinary one. My purpose is to glorify God wherever He puts me whatever that means. If that means working at a restaurant doing whatever it takes to get things done and bills paid -- then I'll do it to the best of my abilities. If it means going to school and earning a degree -- then I'll do that to the best of my abilities. But regardless, my job, my purpose, is to do whatever God sets before me for His glory.

So I know the "what", the question now is nothing more than how? How should I glorify God in my life? What exactly is it that He requires of me? Where can I find the plan that's laid out? According to the Shorter Catechism Question 2 -- the only rule for this is God's Word. The best way to lay out the specifics is in the 10 Commandments which can be encapsulated in these two statements:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Read through that one more time. Can you point out to me the place where it says "Thou shalt be a doctor or a lawyer" or even "Thou shalt obtain a degree from an Accredited University", because I think I missed that part. While yes, education is a valuable thing and it can be quite difficult to find work or build a career without one from a respected college -- it's not one of the things that God requires. He doesn't require that we have a job that makes us lots of money or gives us a high place in the social order. He doesn't ask that we have a big fancy house or designer clothes. All He requires is that we love Him and that we love our neighbors. In Micah it tells us we should do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly before Him.

So it doesn't really matter what the world tells us. They can set up their hoops and chart out their courses till they're blue in the face. It's not my purpose to make the world happy. It's not purpose to succeed by their standards. It's my purpose to glorify God and there's no set route to that end.

His possibilities are endless.