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Look to Jesus for the Answer!

Editorial by Rick Remmers, Chesapeake Conference president

Why do dogs bark? What makes the sun shine? Why do leaves fall? A child’s desire for answers can leave parents feeling stretched to the limit, trying to come up with correct, age appropriate answers.

We grow up, but our questioning nature never goes away. Why am I here? is an important question for all of us to answer. Is there a purpose in my life? How do I go about finding it?

A quick Internet search will lead to many coaches, philosophers and advisers giving their formula for discovering our purpose. The common denominator in all of them seems to be an inward search to discover what we enjoy, like or desire.

But the deeper, more comprehensive questions are: Why did God create me? What is His intended purpose for my life? While each person will need to give individual expression to the question, there are some key answers in God’s Word.

“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Cor. 10:31, NKJV). A core purpose for each of our lives is to give glory to God. This becomes a pervasive principal that can help align all our thinking, speaking and doing.

Another foundational purpose “is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,” (1 John 3:11, NKJV). There are many practical ways to demonstrate compassionate love for others. Everyone has basic needs to be met but, in the spiritual realm, one of the best ways to express love for others is to point them to Jesus. Help others discover the peace, joy and hope that is only found in Him.

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