Before I get into my date with a very suave Australian gentleman, I have just a couple brief announcements.
First: Thank you so much for all your support on Monday’s article, “My Body, My Choice.” I was overwhelmed by your positive feedback – in fact, it got over 130 shares!
Not everyone was pleased with it though…Facebook banned my prolife article AGAIN, for the THIRD TIME. I’m telling you – if you don’t believe they have an agenda, it’s time to wake up. They’re censoring anything that goes against their far left, liberal narrative and it. is. terrifying.
And in my research, I actually came across a sobering campaign that the left is pushing now…it was trending on the news -and promoted by Facebook- : “I had an abortion” t-shirts. They’re wanting to normalize, sanitize and put in our faces the most tragic event in our world today.
So I’d invite you to join me in that.
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1) How do you stay so positive and keep your trust in God when things seem impossible?
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4) What are my thoughts on binge eating in recovery?
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OK – NOW ONTO THE POST!
So last week, I was out to dinner with this tall, handsome drink of water from Australia.
So this looker from Down Under — he’s a top-knotch guy, and this was our fourth date. So the conversation was no longer about hometowns and hobbies, but rather…deeper topics. Territory that is no longer surface level gobbledee gook.
Well, we were at this adorable little wine bar in the Village with twinkle lights and exposed brick. And we were two glasses of rosè deep.
And all of a sudden I hear, “So why do you think we’re here?”
I nearly spit out my wine, not expecting something *this* deep to come up. But, despite being so caught off guard, I think I was able to eloquently express myself without having the proper time to really formulate my thoughts on such an important topic.
I think I said something along the lines of, Using what we have been given or what we’ve gone through to help others. And then I ultimately settled on…”Being a mom.”
Which, looking back now — could have sent him running for the hills, but since then he’s already scheduled two more dates with me, so apparently my answer didn’t terrify him that much.
But we talked about how we want to leave the world a better place for future generations, and that we live on through our children, so we have a responsibility to be a “good person.” And I think for many, that is how they would answer that question.
But over the next couple days, that conversation really stayed with me: Why are we here?
Because, frankly…being a “good person” just wasn’t cuttin’ it.
It’s such a captivating question, that, believer or not — and perhaps, especially if not — can haunt our minds. And I don’t believe that’s by accident — I believe that longing to know our purpose on earth is placed in our hearts by the Father, as a way to seek Him out. Or at the very least, to question if there is something greater than ourselves at work.
Because if the only reason we’re here on this earth is to make money, make a name for ourselves, chase the pleasures of this world, get married, maybe have kids, and then hopefully live long enough into our 80s to feel as though we’ve “seen enough” — then really, what is the point? If that’s all there is, then, yikes…what a bleak and depressing future.
Why are we here?
I think in order to answer this question, we have to determine what “here” means, in the grand scheme of things.
Put another way: here…in relation to…what? Here — living on Planet Earth, instead of buried in the ground, not existing anymore?
Or, here — living on earth, instead of living in Heaven for eternity.
I think what we believe about what’s after “here” plays a big role in how we answer that question of, “Why are we here?“
And as someone who believes in life after here – in Heaven,- then I actually do have a solid answer.
If we are here on Earth, just passing through, temporarily before Heaven, then we are to use our time for a very specific purpose: yes, to honor and love God, but ultimately…to do His will.
I think that when we look at our lives, and the gifts and talents He’s bestowed upon us — when we look at the passions He’s placed in our hearts, the experiences and trials He’s allowed us to endure — when we look at the resources He’s given us access to — I think we can start to patch together an idea of His purpose and will for our lives.
Which I think can really create meaning and clarity as to why we’ve had to go through suffering or grief, or pain.
None of those difficult seasons were ever in vain — they all can be used to shape our hearts and the way we see the world. Those trials give us a unique perspective that can be used for the glory and will of God — which is to ultimately help others, and introduce them to Christ.
Matthew 28:19 – Go and make disciples of all nations.
As children of God, we have a responsibility to bring others to Him — whether that’s by actually sharing the Good News, or raising a Jesus-loving family, or simply by being a light to the world through your actions.
But at the end of the day, we’re not here for ourselves. We’re here for Him.
And the incredible thing about that, is that, when we live for Him, He brings us to a fullness of life that no pleasure-seeking existence could ever achieve. Because He loves us, and wants the absolute best for His children.
So who’da thunk that a casual Thursday night date with an Aussie would have brought about so much deep reflection.
I know that I’m just a small guppie in this big fish tank of life, and I’d love to know what you think the answer to that question is: Why are we here?
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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