Purpose

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:7-8)

When he commands, his every purpose is fulfilled, and none can limit his saving power. The works of all are before him, and nothing can be hidden from his eyes. From the beginning to the end of time he can see everything, and nothing is too marvelous for him. No one can say, “What is this?” or “Why is that?”—for everything has been created for its own purpose. (Sirach 39:18-21)

We know that all things work together for good—for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

For Contemplation

Life, God, meets us on our path and continuously takes a measure of who we are and what we are doing. We are born into this world and are soon granted the freedom to choose our direction. Once we have awakened to the spiritual nature of life we realize that the same choices that work for other people do not work for us. We have things we like and that interest us, and these are unique to us. No one sees them quite the way we do. Certain of our skills develop quickly and easily, sometimes even when it seems we are not paying attention. Learning about the things that interest us and developing our skills are never boring. There are difficulties to overcome, but those difficulties help us reach levels of interest and skill far beyond many who try to do the same things. For others, it is a difficult sacrifice to develop skills that, for us, feel natural and part of the core of our being. Up to a certain point, we can live in the realm of our interests and skills without much need of others. But eventually we reach a plateau, and to fully experience our gifts, we must share who we are and what we care about. The beauty of our work is enhanced by sharing. We are doing things with our work that are synergistic with a higher power. Our purpose is closely linked to our interests and skills; it resides inside of us waiting to be expressed just as we found our work needed to be expressed. Our purpose, though intimately a part of us, actually takes us beyond self-interest to the interest of others. The energy and power of our work attracts others, just as we were attracted to our path in the early stages of our development. Our purpose becomes a need to express the creative power of all pure expression. Its expression is accelerated and refined by love, and we realize that it is love that has always been seeking expression, and it is love that chooses to express itself through our interests and our skills. Love hides beneath the surface, hidden such that it can only, in a very subtle way, call attention to itself. We hear the sound of this love first and then it becomes our purpose to express this love, dedicate ourselves to this love—and show that it is the essence of our work and expression. The beauty of this purpose is that it allows us to be ourselves and express ourselves in freedom. We can do what we choose to do. In order to sanctify this and make it holy, all we have to do is dedicate it to God and the love from God that made it possible.

Prayer

Wherever we go, whatever we do, God, you are there with us. In moments of struggle and in moments of beauty we learn to recognize you are present. We give thanks for our unique gifts and the opportunity to express them with love. Help us align with your purpose—all things working together for good, everything fulfilled according to your purpose. In aligning with your power of love, may we accomplish union with you through fulfilling our unique purpose. Through oneness of purpose may we show others a path out of any suffering and pain that become a hindrance to the authentic expression of love in this world. Amen.

From The Readings

2012-72 All of these things must be understood in the proper context. All of them must be understood in the context of spiritual life. Jeffrey cannot move through life anymore without consciousness of the spiritual purpose, and hence the movement from one location to another location, for him and for Stelli, can only be done when they are connected with purpose.