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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: Revealed Path
By Maryolyn Payne
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Purposefulness in Jeremy’s life was his earnest goal. That seemed to be the only thing for his future that he was absolutely sure of. He wanted to make a difference in the world. Somehow he must find his exact purpose. Sitting alone in the darkened room, he pondered this over. Tonight he would graduate from Vanderbilt High.
“Hey, Jeremy. What are you in such deep thought about? You look as though you might be a million miles away.”
“Oh, hi, Brad. I’m sitting here trying to decide the purposefulness of what my life will be, now that I have passed the first hurdle of growing into adulthood.”
“Is that so difficult for you?”
“Actually, it is. I can’t travel down numerous avenues like many people. Before the accident last year I felt sure I would be a professional athlete. I felt like I could climb Mt. Everest, swim the English Channel, or run across the continent. I was confident I could do almost anything. Now, obviously that is impossible. Racing in this wheel chair will not carry out my purposefulness. I do know that life now seems so uncertain,” he said with a disdainful expression on his face.
“Um-m-m, have you prayed about it? You and I know the Lord’s guidance is the best to be found.”
“Sure, I have. It is like God is silent about it. I know he is trying to teach me something in this. As of yet I don’t seem to understand what. I have come to depend on him with all my heart. After the accident I turned to drugs. It was supposed to kill the pain and anger I felt. It didn’t. Once I totally surrendered to the Lord, I became free of that. That probably was the best decision I have ever made. To make another huge mistake of choosing the wrong path is not for me.”
“Everyone that we know tells me how proud they are of you. Who among us can be absolutely sure we would not have acted in the same manner? You know the old cliché’ that until you have walked in someone else’s shoes you don’t know how you will react.”
“That is kind of everyone. God delivered me from my bondage. That’s it in a nutshell.”
The two brothers sat silent for a while. Both were deep in thought.
Brad broke the silence. “Starting the first part of the college career with the basics is always a good idea. That gives extra time to figure out other things. At least that is what one of my teachers pointed out.”
“Actually, I do have that part understood; it’s my only plan for now.”
“Pastor Bennett may be able to help. He has many years of counseling others on just about any subject.”
“That is a good suggestion, and I will certainly carefully consider that. I have done a little research on the web. A couple of things have kind of grabbed me, but that is as far as I have gotten with the whole matter.”
“What grabbed you?”
“Computer graphics sounds inviting. Traveling and writing articles about travel holds some interest.”
“Well hey, the two can meld together. That sounds fantastic for you.”
“Yea. I am somewhat excited about it. Being totally sure is what I must know.”
“Gotta run. Talk with you later; see you tonight. I’m proud of you, Jeremy. You are a wonderful brother. Don’t forget that one of your purposes in life is to use your gift of love. You are very gifted at that. It is so natural for you. Maybe you don’t realize it, but your cheerful and caring way is an asset that glorifies the Lord.”
“Thanks, little brother. I must choose what honors him. Maybe I will be able to help you sometimes when you are searching. I love you. See you tonight.”
After graduation, Jeremy did go to see Pastor Bennett. The talk was extremely productive. Jeremy now knew, without a doubt, after obtaining his degree in the ministry of God’s word he would go into the world to be a missionary. He felt very confident that this was what the Lord wanted for his purposefulness in life.
Enthusiasm filled his heart and mind. He couldn’t wait to get started down that path. He spoke a prayer of thankfulness as he rolled his chair down the sidewalk toward home. Traveling at full speed he couldn’t wait to tell Brad.
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