Six years ago, our family rescued a one-year old Australian Shepherd, named Khole. She teaches us all sorts of lessons about life and certainly keeps us on our toes. Her energy surpasses that of a 4-year-old, and her intelligence should be harnessed for the CIA (she is an expert at sniffing out food, special hidden toys and my favorite pair of shoes)
The lesson sweet Khole gave me THIS morning was on purpose and function. Are you ready?
A question I get asked frequently when I counsel people is, “What is my purpose in life? How do I know what I am supposed to do next?”
Sometimes, this question may seem super complex but, in reality, the answer is quite simple. Here is the illustration that spoke to me this morning on our daily adventure:
In the back of neighborhood, there is a special Preserve, where it’s just open field, swamp, and lots of rabbits and turtles. It’s Khole’s favorite place in the world because she is free to be a DOG – a really agile, flexible, 4-legged creature that happens to be called a Tri- Black Aussie. She is gorgeous! Yep, I am a little partial.
Imagine this scene with me…….I always let Khole off the leash when we get to the Preserve because there are no people, cars or other dangerous things – just wild nature! This morning Khole was particularly frisky because we had a small “cool front” come down to south Texas and it dropped the heat and humidity so we could all breathe a little easier. Whew! As soon as Khole heard the snap of her leash being removed, she took off running. Full speed forward!!
Did I mention that Australian Shepherds are herding dogs and can out chase a fox or any other predator that is threatening? Well, Khole knows her purpose – and that is to RUN! And not just run, but leap like a gazelle while zipping around in wide oval circles. Every once in a while, she stops to make sure I am watching her- I think she likes to show off. But who wouldn’t if you could run and jump like her? It’s almost as if she is saying, “Look Mom, look what I can do!”
Khole’s purpose is hard wired in her. She doesn’t have to ask me if she can run fast and hard, she just does it. Khole is a suburban dog and has never seen a sheep, goat, cow or any other animal that needs corralling, however, she innately knows she has the ability to run in circles, up and down, and all around. Such an amazing thing to watch. Her leaping abilities put the biggest smile on your face because she looks like a black, sleek deer bouncing through the tall grass.
Khole’s purpose in this life is to run fast, protect, jump, gather and alert us to danger. I didn’t have to teach her this, it is all inside her. I believe the same is true for you and me. Our purpose is built into our DNA. We are hard-wired with a very special purpose – to know our Creator and have an intimate relationship with Him every day. Plain and simple really.
Sometimes, I think we complicate things.
I suppose the tricky part is learning who our Creator is and how to begin that intimate relationship. Maybe, you are like I was once, asking and searching for my purpose in everything and within every person. If you are a seeker, like me, here are 2 simple, yet profound steps that could start you on your journey – if you are willing.
#1. Read, and get familiar with the story of creation. It is found in the bible, in the book of Genesis. Specifically, chapters 1 and 2. God created all of creation, including mankind, and He desires to have relationship with those whom He formed.
(Psalm 139 is a good reference for this truth)
God breathed life into Adam and He became a living being.
Together Adam and Eve were designed for knowing and experiencing God’s breath on their lives. This was so they could walk with Him in the cool of the day and encounter His presence. The Creator of the Universe truly desires for us to know Him MORE!
#2. Get still and quiet and ask God to begin to speak with you about how much He loves you. Ask Him to reveal to you His plans for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11) This may take practice, but if you keep seeking and asking, you will begin to learn how to recognize Him communicating to you. With practice, you can learn how to perceive His presence in every moment of your life.
Sometimes, an empty journal is great to get you started because you can jot down your thoughts, feelings and questions.
As you begin to “unpack” your inner world, it always helpful to get it down on paper. This helps you understand yourself in a clearer way. You can also search and find other bible verses that tell you how much God loves you and write them out till you believe all of them. There are other practices that may help you, but my goal with this article is to get you thinking and taking small actions – really, just the next step.
I am aware that we are all on a journey, a sacred journey of sorts, in knowing and understanding our purpose here. I am confident, that if you truly seek the One who knows you better than anyone, it is possible, to not only understand your purpose but, to actually live and fulfill it.
Journey on everyone!!!!
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Lisa Roitsch is a Christian counselor with the NCAA and loves to be outside, read great books and spend time with her family. Bill & Lisa have been married since 1989 and have 3 grown daughters, and one son-in-love. Together they love to dream and believe God for MORE!