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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: My purpose in life
By Karie Spiller
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When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist. I loved to color, and I loved to draw. Mom’s refrigerator was covered with drawings, and my room was full of crayons, markers, pencils, and pens, whatever I could use to be creative.
Then I decided that it would be cool to be a teacher because I loved to write on the chalkboard and tell stories. My friends and I would pretend to be teachers, and we would make up lesson plans and teach school to each other and our dolls.
I also wanted to be a mother. I wanted to meet my Prince Charming and walk down the aisle to him in my white dress. Then I wanted to have lots of kids. I loved dolls and played countless games of house.
I also wanted to become a writer. I wanted to write out my stories and see them published. I wanted kids and adults to enjoy what I wrote. I wanted to see my ideas and creativity put out in a book.
So what did I become?
First I became an artist and Children’s Church teacher. My first class was a wonderful group of four and five year olds who quickly became “my kids”. I loved them all like my own and I got to finally use my crayons, markers, pencils and pens to do something really creative. I discovered that my purpose in life was to teach kids about Jesus.
Then I became a wife. I met the most handsome guy at Bible school and he swept me off my feet. He was my Prince Charming. Now my purpose was to please him.
Then there was that wonderful day 9 years ago when I became a mother for the first time. Then I was blessed with a son and another daughter. Even through the long nights, runny noses, and teething, my purpose in life was to raise them up the way God would want me too.
Then I became a teacher again. I was given the blessing of teaching my kids at home. I got to teach them to read and write and count and do math. My purpose was not only to raise these kids but also to teach them how to live and work in the world.
Now I am a writer. I have not been published and have not seen my stories in print for many to read. My purpose in life is to write a book that will bring a smile to someone’s face or joy to someone’s heart.
By compiling my gifts and talents I have come to the conclusion that my purpose in life has many layers. I am to be a wife first, then a mother, then a teacher, then a writer. By sprinkling a little art in all I do I can have that purposeful life I wanted as a child.
But now that I am grown I realize more and more every day that my purpose in life is to please and glorify God. By using my God-given gifts and talents, I can have a purposeful life.
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