For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV ~
Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence. Without knowing this, we often suffer because of our own lack of significance. We become disillusioned that our lives do not matter. We have no connection or impact on the world around us. Scripture offers many insights into our purpose and living out our lives within a meaningful mission.
This sense of purpose is not fixed in concrete. It changes from youthful innocence and throughout the stages of our lives. Often in transitions where we experience new growth, confusion may seemed to abound. Our lives had become chaotic and unmanageable where we experience powerlessness. Any sense of meaning and purpose had collapsed. We all experience those moments where we questioned the point of living, questioned if anything truly mattered.
There is a why for our own personal existence and participation in life. We are sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, brothers, and sisters. We are friends, and colleagues. We have a community that extends beyond our family origins. Our very purpose may change as life circumstances change. We get married, experience divorced, alienation from children and parents, and friends come and go. We experience the death of loved one’s. Each time life happens, we are asking ourselves: Now what?
Opposition calls us to awareness. In adversity, we face the seasons of our lives whereby we find those hidden meanings and purposes. We allow ourselves to being open and keeping our barriers down. Yes, life happens. We just need to understand and realign with our purpose and understand our deep sense of meaning in life through all seasons.
Today, let us continue to respond to the every changing seasons of life and be open to the renewal of purpose which is here for each of us.