Live with Purpose.


“For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?” – Mark 8:36


I spent Thanksgiving with my brother and his family last week. Before we went to sleep, we watched some old family videos. And when I say old, I mean old because my mom was exactly my age in one of them.

Growing up, my dad always had his favorite gadget, his camcorder, in his hand. He recorded everything because he wanted to capture every moment.

In one of the videos we watched, we heard my dad in the background joke about how he’s never in the videos because he’s always taping them. He was telling the truth.

My dad was rarely in the videos, but occasionally, he would put the camcorder down on a table and record himself too. That was my favorite part about them—the few moments of watching my dad. His personality and voice are different than I remember.

You see, my dad passed away when I was 12 years old so I didn’t get to know him the way a girl would like to know her father. The family videos that he created are a way for my family and me to relive memories and see them from his perspective.

My dad didn’t know that he would pass away a little over a decade later, but God gave him the desire to record everything so that we can watch it today.

As I went upstairs to go to sleep, a thought kept coming to my mind. God, family, and purpose make life worth living.

I was reading Genesis 18 this week, and at the end of the chapter, the Lord tells Abraham that He’s going to destroy the city of Sodom because the people in it were wicked.

Abraham pleads with the Lord and asks him if He finds ten righteous people living in the city, will he save the whole city for the sake of the ten? And the Lord responded, “For the sake of the ten, I will not destroy it.”

God wants us to live. But He wants us to live righteously.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve the tree of life to eat freely from. His intent was for us to live. But they chose to eat from the tree that would bring them death.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world,

and lose his own soul?” – Mark 8:36

Many people think of God as this distant authority figure who keeps them under a set and rules and restricts them from living their life, rather than as an omnipresent father who wants the best for his children.

You know that great feeling you get after someone compliments you? It feels good at the moment. It can even set the pace for your entire day, but that good feeling eventually wears off.

Feelings come and go, but the Word of God lasts forever. God isn’t distant. He’s always here waiting for you to open the door and let Him in.

He wants you to truly live with an everlasting joy that will never wear off, even through life’s greatest disappointments.

Even if you didn't grow up with a father, you have one who has his arms-wide-open waiting to embrace and help guide you. Stay encouraged because you are not alone.

Keep fighting the good fight, and decide to live with purpose found in God. Don’t just exist.

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- Mags