Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:22-25

I heard this commercial the other day for a retirement planning company and it made me stop in my tracks. The tag line at the end was this: Life is about knowing what you’re living for.

Even though the writers of that commercial really meant to say, life is about knowing what you want and going after it so you can have it in retirement, the principle they hit upon couldn’t be more right. Research shows, having a purpose for our life keeps us focused, healthy, hopeful and youthful—unless your purpose is meaningless, of course.

What if your goal in life is to escape into a fantasy world created by addiction? Drugs, gambling, video games, take your pick. In that case, you’re wasting your life by running from it. Or maybe your goal is to win the lottery (or work like mad) and have enough money to do whatever you want later. Independence always sounds good, right?

For many people, escape or freedom is what they’ve set as the ultimate purpose for their lives. But the problem is that no escape will ever last long enough and every type of freedom comes with a price, except for one—the freedom that comes from living out your divine destiny.

When you walk beside the God of the universe as He whispers your purpose, the chains of the world fall away and your heart is free. So really, life is about more than knowing what you’re living for.

Life is about living for something that’s worth it.

And what could be more worth it than a life that fulfills the unique plan designed for you by almighty God? His plan includes you. Are you in?

Dear Lord, remind me that Your plan is so much better than mine. Give me strength when I don’t understand. Keep me humble and grateful for the place You have put me right now, and let me strive for the place You have chosen for me in the future. In Jesus’s name, amen.


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