Are you doing what you were created to do?Personally, I think this question is incredibly provocative. And the responses were quite revealing...
Girl #1: "if it was plan a Woody's Roundup party, then I'm right on track...(cough)"Before I respond to these statements, let's look at what the Bible has to say about humanity's purpose. This list isn't exhaustively completely, but I think it hits several major points.
Guy #1: "Apparently not...and thank you for pointing out the pathetic uselessness and futility of my life! Ok...I feel better now."
Girl #2: "Some days, maybe most days. But "we all fall down", so I know I'm in good company. (-:"
Guy #2: "I think so, I am going hunting today ;-)"
Girl #3: "Yes! I'm a childlike heart amongst children all day, and being humbled daily by the lessons that God teaches me through each one of them!!"
Girl #4: "possibly!! i know i am using my gift that i have been given!!"
Girl #5: "Well, I'm not procreating, if that's what you're asking."
- Reflect the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27)
- Multiply and fill the earth (Gen. 1:28)
- Work (Gen. 2)
- "Leave and cleave" to one's mate (Gen. 2:25)
- Preach and make disciples (Matt. 28)
That got me to thinking, how would I respond? Am I doing what I was created to do? Although there are a lot of tough situations in my personal life right now, I do think that overall these are the goals that direct my life. If my purpose in life was about attaining personal satisfaction, then I think I'd be really depressed. I wonder what difference it would make if people thought of their purpose in biblical terms, rather than making it self-focused, existential terms.