A few years back, a friend of mine had me read, When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box, by John Ortberg. In the book, Ortberg tells the story of how he finally beat his grandmother at a board game. He was so excited about his victory and was taunting her that he had beaten her. She smiled and looked at him and said, "When the game is over, it all goes back in the box." This statement is so true of life as well. We create all of these crazy purposes and illusions of what will bring us happiness, but we forget that there is an end to this game. We forget that the games that this world would have us play are only temporary. They are not the true purpose that exists for us.
The one true purpose that we have is salvation. Regardless of the trappings of this world, it is only salvation that we should pursue because it is only place where our purpose exists. The vast majority of people will never pursue their purpose. They will struggle and suffer and fall because they have no clue why they are here. They will live in a self-created prison of wanting to find out what else is out there, why any of this matters, and if there really is purpose in life. It is only in releasing all of the self-created purpose that we can discover our rightful place. When we wipe our slate clean and let go of worldly pursuits, it is then and only then that our purpose can be revealed.
It is only in seeking salvation that we can become a savior for another. When we live our life as a seeker of salvation, we begin to strip away the miscellaneous things around us that would distract us from that. As we peel layer upon layer of distraction away; we learn that we were always great for we were created for greatness. When the distractions are removed and our focus is set, we begin to live into the purpose that we were created for. And when we do... we become someone else's savior. We become the success that we always were beneath the surface. We become the light of the world and we create a path for all to follow.
As you focus your life today on living into your one true purpose, take time to notice the thoughts that would interfere with that purpose. As each thought of fear or anger or desperation or doubt arises, simply say, "That thought takes away from my purpose and I have no room for that in my life." Then, let it go and refocus on the purpose of salvation that you have. Your only purpose, my only purpose, is salvation. In finding our salvation, we will lead others to their salvation, and we will fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Live today as a light for others. When you do this, your slate will be wiped clean and the entirety of your purpose shall be written and revealed for you.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Fellow Purpose Seeker
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.