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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: Life's Tapestry
By D Stroup
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Each tapestry is unique in design and variation in color. The light threads represent the joys of life: family, friends, career accomplishments, marriage, and children, to name a few. Many of the dark colors try to drown out the lighter colors, but instead they only make the lighter colors brighter and more alive. These dark threads represent the tragedies of misunderstandings, loss, death, divorce, as well as, the many other obstacles life places in front of us.
With care and purpose, the Creator weaves a unique pattern on the tapestry of every life. As the threads of a life are spread out caringly on his loom, He weaves a beautiful pattern according to His plan.
“For you created my inmost being:
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and
Your works are wonderful
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret
When I was woven together in the
Depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
Were written in your book
Before one of them came to be.”
- Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
Some lives recognize the special pattern being developed through their life experiences. They gladly accept this special pattern and willingly allow the Master Weaver to continue weaving his pattern or purpose for them. Others choose to ignore it, or reject it. They try to weave a pattern for their own lives, which is at cross-purposes with the Master Weaver. In doing so, they lose sight of their purpose. Without purposefulness in their life, they cause a discordant pattern to develop. They miss the beautiful picture the Master Weaver has planned for them.
As the Master Weaver knows, there is only one purpose in life for each of His creatures, that is, to glorify Him, but that purposefulness can be fulfilled in so many ways. Just as He creates a myriad of patterns in the tapestry of life, just so, each life fulfills the Creator’s purpose in so many different ways. He has created us to glorify Him though the gifts He has given to each of us whether through service, arts, or relationships. Are we allowing Him to develop the pattern of His choosing in our life? Is our purpose to glorify Him in whatever way He has planned? The Master Weaver is waiting for us to yield to His purpose in the developing tapestry of our lives.
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