Why Am I Here?

Many people wonder about their purpose in life. Movies have been made to address this timeless question which is one worth taking some time to contemplate.

Why was I put on this earth?

Some people seem to know right away that they want to be a doctor, or an actress, or a teacher or a pilot. They just know what they want to do and make a plan. Others of us kind of drift into our careers sideways and many switch careers several times in a lifetime. But is a career, a job, a profession one’s purpose? To some degree, it can be. But in the bigger scheme of things, what are we here for? Really?

This question is not unlike the question posed to Jesus two thousand years ago. When discussing philosophical and theological issues, a teacher of the law asked Jesus, “Of all the commandments which is the most important?” “The most important one,”answered Jesus, is this: ‘Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord, is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matt 12:28-31).

Basically, if we want to learn anything about our purpose in life, we have to start with loving God, loving ourselves, and then letting that love flow out to other people. It is truly a hurting world out there. Many are lonely, tired, hungry, poor, and hopeless. Once we realize how much God truly loves us, we will be made whole and then we can go out into the world to do good to others. That, dear ones, is the purpose for each and every one of us.

Everything else is secondary. As the Apostle Paul put it so well in his famous discourse on love (1 Corinthians 13) it doesn’t matter what we do, what we have or how much we know for if we do not have and give love, we are nothing.