Tuesday, April 03, 2007

What Is Our Purpose In Life?

Yesterday morning was hectic and a bit crazy. Before I realized it, the lunch hour was here. Eating my sandwich in the break room was the first peaceful moment I had. I tried to eat slowly and enjoy every bite but unseen forces seemed to rush me. Earlier in the morning I was late for a meeting that I wanted to reschedule. I went to the meeting a little late and, after I introduced myself, asked if we could reschedule. The first response I received was "Are you that daily thoughts guy"? I admitted that I was and soon was having an enjoyable conversation with one of my "fans". This type of experience is always a little strange for me. My guess is that I am probably less impressive in person than I may be on paper.

People often take me into their confidence. As the "daily thoughts guy" I even get personal emails from people I don't really know. Occasionally people will ask me to pray for them. I am humbled by these requests and I take them all very seriously. For whatever reason people trust me and they feel comfortable confiding in me. Usually there is not much I can do but listen or say a simple prayer. Sometimes all of us wonder what our purpose is in life. I am not a man of great accomplishments and there have been times when I wondered about the meaning of my own life. I am a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather as well as a friend to many. At times I have wondered if I am where I need to be and if I am doing what I need to do. Although I sometimes daydream about being somewhere else and doing other things, in my heart I believe I am where I need to be and I am mostly doing the things I need to do. My daily thoughts started out as a very simple thing. Without any real effort on my part they have grown and become a part of many people's morning. Somehow whatever I write seems to be what someone needs to hear. God has used my daily thoughts to inspire some and give hope to others. What more meaning can I ask from such a simple thing? Not everyone writes daily thoughts like me but we all have the power to touch other people's lives in positive ways. A kind word and a smile might carry another person throughout their day. Never underestimate the power you have to make another person's day.

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