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Having Purpose On Purpose.

Strong coffee and oreo cookies are great but I don't want them to define who I am. So, in light of that confession, I must ask myself daily the following question, "Randy, who are you?" Go ahead, ask yourself the same question. Well, don't use my name; use yours. It's okay, I'll wait. I know it's Monday and the brain hasn't caught up just yet. Take your time.

Really think deeply about who you are and why you are here on this earth. Do you know? Is there a clear definition of your purpose for existing? Our presence on earth isn't an oops moment. We have not fallen out of the sky to aimlessly land somewhere and exist. There has to be some notion of worth and reason for our life.

A friend and mentor worked with me a while back and helped me understand this profound truth. Scott coached, cajoled at times, and encouraged me to formulate the following purpose statement.

'One who invests my life into seeing the image of God in every person and help them see Him within.'

(Randy S. Hughes purpose statement) [December 17, 2014]

It took almost 8 months to refine and hone this statement into its present form. Dare I say, this statement is always in flux and can change as time goes by. It is what helps me navigate this thing called life. It sets the tone for my relationships with and between God and myself, my family, church, community and my vocation. I have reasons for getting up each morning with a purpose and values to guide my words, motives, and actions.

In preparing for our men's Bible study, I was offered these three verses from the material. Read them carefully. Then, read them again.

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn

from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go." (Joshua 1:7, NIV)

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in

the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."

(Psalm 1:1-2, NIV)

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved

by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:21, NIV)

In each of these texts there is either stated or implied a blessing of God for those who obey and remain in relationship with the Lord. Folks who wander aimlessly through life with no thought to their life or what they deem important are less likely to see significance in their lives. They will often think,"What's the point?" Those who seek their own comforts and desire to be served rather than serve will most likely experience a never ending hunger. There will never be enough and I suppose we could say they are 'glass half empty people.'

Stop, jump back up the page and reread the three verses again and begin to write down your initial 'rough draft' of the purpose statement for you. Why are you here? What are you called by God to do? When will you realize the full rich life God has intended for you? It is totally acceptable to work on this project over a good cup of coffee and some no bakes.

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