One of the great wonders of Christianity is that you were born into your times.
You can run into mediocrity accidentally but you have to purpose to be excellent.
Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ. Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all thy soul’s range of delight. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Thank you Lord that this has a purpose. You’re going to teach me something of your greatness in this that I would never have known otherwise.
The tragedy of all tragedies is that we should live and die having never found that purpose, that special, God-ordained reason for serving our generation. You have, like no other person on this planet, particular contributions that you are to make to this generation. They may not be as great as your dreams or they might be far beyond your expectations; but whatever they are, you are to find them and carry them out.
A difficult crisis can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
Was God absentmindedly doodling in creation – the way we do, sketching out houses and stick people to amuse ourselves when we are bored? No, the universe shows every sign of having been created on purpose. Did God tell himself he had to create or else he couldn’t be God? No, God was free either to create or not to create. He is sovereign. It was up to him whether to make a universe.
God is looking for one man, one woman, who will become His personal representative…God wants me to be available – His messenger boy, a suit of clothes in His ready-to-wear department that He could put on at will to accomplish His purpose.
More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.