Many years ago, I was in the beginning stage of my search to “find myself.” I had absolutely no clue who I was, and what my purpose was in this life.
Mainly, I did all the things that were expected of me, and depended on the thoughts and opinions of those around me to dictate what I “should” or “shouldn’t” be. During this time, I did the best I could with my responsibilities, tried to live a good life, and loved my family and friends in the best way I knew. But I was aware that something was missing inside of me.
Basically, I was floating.
I didn’t realize at the time, that the true, life changing search would not be directed toward myself…ultimately, the search would be to get to know God, which would lead me to loving and serving Him.
I had no way of knowing that my true identity wasn’t contained in what the world thought of me.
My identity is that I am a child of God…and I was created to be with Him for eternity. He created me (just as He created you) because I was meant to be here…at this moment in history. I was created to be called to His Kingdom…just as you were! We are all an integral part of His Salvation Plan and He is calling us to spread the Love of Jesus through The Gospel…are we willing to answer that call?
What could possibly be a more important purpose than that?
Today, I found some notes regarding The Beatitudes, that I had written back in those early years…when my search had just begun. The ideas were found in an awesome book, “God’s Psychiatry,” and I would like to share what reached out to me, and stayed in the back of my mind all through the years:
To be poor in spirit means to give up our pride
To mourn means to be penitent to the point of surrendering ourselves
Meekness means that we must surrender our very selves to the plans and purposes of God
Our hunger for God means turning away from our ambitions for all things else
To be merciful means to pay good for the evil we have received
For purity we must give up all things impure
To make peace is wholly to choose God
These are the seven ingredients of righteousness. They must be bought at a price.
Blessed are those who pay the price, “for theirs is the Kingdom of God.”
My hope is that you are blessed with the knowledge that you are a Child of God…that YOU were specifically created to spend eternity with Him. Don’t waste the opportunity to get to know God, and to understand His purpose in your life. He is waiting for you.
God’s Psychiatry by Charles Allen