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Created for a Purpose: How to Fulfill Your Mission

Few years ago, I wrote a letter to an inmate that was returned to me stamped, ?Return to Sender? and the reason given was, ?Not in Custody.?

The letter didn?t achieve its purpose. The inmate had written to ask me to be his friend because all his associates were drug abusers. He had read my column and decided to trust a stranger. He mentioned that he would be released soon but didn?t say when.

I misplaced his address. When I finally found it, I wrote telling him how he could get help and encouraging him to contact me. But it was too late.

Have you ever asked yourself, ?Why I am in this world?? God created you for a purpose. The question is, are you living for the purpose you were created for? Fulfillment in life comes when we are performing the purpose we are here for.

My work with thousands of people in businesses (public and private), football teams, homes and churches has led me to know certain attributes of life that make people fulfill their mission. Paul in Philippians 3:13-14 says, ??but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.? He emphasizes the importance of leaving our past behind.

Leaving past hurts, anger, and the motive for revenge is a consciously developed characteristic of people who have a purpose to live for. They know that regardless of how their past has been, their future is still stainless. They resolve to use the past as a stepping-stone not a stumbling block. They refuse to let the past hold them captive or rather they are determined not to let their past be an obstacle between them and their future.

Purpose-focused people are the chief executive officers of their own lives?not other people. They don?t blame anyone else for their situation. They are in-charge of their spiritual growth, health, relationships, professional and personal development.

People who find fulfillment in life are those who know their purpose--why God put them where they are. The goals they set are aligned with the big picture of the life they envision. Their efforts are focused on what matters the most. They devote resources and energy in simplifying their lives.

We don?t have forever to perform our purpose in this world. I learned the pain and the urgency of doing what we can to help someone with that returned letter. While I was happy that the inmate was free, I was sad?I had lost the opportunity to share with him what could have helped him. God does not want us to go back to Him with un-used talents, gifts and experiences.

A personal relationship with his/her Creator is an experience words can?t describe for a person with a purpose. That relationship with God is the basis of their relationships at home and in the community. They know their relationship with God will affect their relationship with other people and vise versa.

That inmate has never read what I had written to him. He never felt the love, encouragement and sense of being accepted that my letter contained. I pray that you and I don?t leave this world without those in need ever knowing the love of God through our kindness, self-sacrifice and commitment to the eternal journey. And let?s not wait to write on headstones how much we loved someone when he or she is beyond our reach.

Do you know why God put you in this world? Do you consider what you do as your mission? How are you using your talents and gifts to enrich other people?s lives? Remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson that, ?Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.?

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