I have previously blogged about how to fix the world, in which I said that we need good relationships. The one small flame that pushes back the darkness is that we develop good relationships in our lifetime.
Healthy marriages, wise parenting and happy friendships are the kinds of things we’re talking about here. There’s plenty of literature about how to go about all of that.
And then there’s another, quite significant flame that I believe we need to fan a bit more… and that is that we need a good relationship with our Creator.
When we fan this into flame, many things come into perspective.
Why are you here? What is your purpose? What were you intended for?
The darkness that creeps up on our lives is when these questions are not properly answered. It’s the absence of light on these areas.
But when we properly understand these questions, those small flames add to the collective brightness of fixing the world. Each of us is unique, each of us has something special to offer, each of us is designed to make a difference in the world around us.
Why are you here?
You are not an accident. You were meant for your specific time, specific place and specific community here on earth. Like it says in Esther 4:14: “Who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this?”
I like how Rick Warren puts it: “God calls everybody to use the gifts and the passion that they have, but not everyone picks up the phone.”
What is your purpose?
To give the glory back to Him who made you. I love Oswald Chambers definition of worship: “Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift.”
When we do that we declare trust in Him.
My daughter asked me for R10 the other day, and I asked her what it was for. She gave a coy giggle and I relented. Later that day when I fetched her from school, she handed me one of two packets of Doritos chips. “Here you go daddy!” she said with a big smile on her face. “One for you and one for me!” And we ate them on our way home. My R10 bought me a chip picnic with my daughter in the car on our way home, and it was her idea. And I love that.
What has God given you? And how are you giving it back to him?
What were you intended for?
Significance. Which is found in each moment of the day. I like how Brennan Manning lays it down: “In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.”
Think about when you order your coffee, when you’re with your friends, when you’re out grocery shopping… each and every moment is an opportunity to give and speak life. There are NO neutral exchanges.