I recently ran across a description of a man ( I can’t locate the source, or maybe I dreamed it ) that went something like this:
“He loved to smile. He avoided anger. He was never haunted by “Why am I here?” He knew why — he was here to give to others, to celebrate God, and to enjoy and honor the world he was put in.”
A simple purpose, but yet so tremendous in scope. This description sticks with me as I meditate. How much different would we all be if we woke up every morning with an attitude that every task we undertake is a gift to someone else. From a simple smile as we pass a person on the street to a meeting on world peace, we go about our day consciously working at giving to others.
We celebrate God. How much I envy those whose life is clearly a celebration to God. They are so filled with spirit and warmth. They exude a joy I marvel and wish at least a small bit would wear off on me. Their life is one huge volume of gospel music. I must continue to pray to learn how to celebrate God more.
Enjoy and honor the world we are put in. We can take this part of the description to many levels. Sometimes it takes an event like the one I just went through to make one realize that part of God’s purpose for our life is simply to enjoy life. A teammate called me the other night and as we swapped stories he reminded me that it is never too late to simply enjoy life and honor the world, whatever our circumstances. I know I can go deeper here, but that will be another day.
The man I described earlier sounds like someone I want to walk on a beach with and learn his secrets. You available anytime soon –friend?