Everyone has a purpose in life and has a significance in the world, but which path we take to find it is a choice that we have to make on our own. I believe that God has a purpose for everyone, whether they are good or evil. We can either take the long hard road to fulfill our purpose in life or we can let God guide us down the easier path. I believe everything on earth serves some kind of purpose to the world’s existence. I am not sure if I have always believed this, but I sure do now. I do not know my purpose in life yet, but I do however think that I am getting closer to finding it out with every waking hour. I believe we all have a task in this world. No matter who we are, we have to do something before we die.
It can be as little as letting someone cut in front of me in line at the supermarket or as big as influencing billions of people into my way of thinking. These purposes all add up to a bigger picture. For example, let’s say that the person I let cut in front of me was thinking about committing suicide and my nice gesture led them to believe that there is good in the world. They went off and became the leader of a new revolution that helped the world in many ways. God has a path for me as he does everyone, and for the last twenty years I think I have taken the long road.
What makes me a believer know? In November of 2012, I was diagnosed with heart failure. The doctors did not think I was going to make it out of Mission Hospital, but I did. I was transported to Duke University Medical where I received a heart transplant in January 2013. I survived a Bi-vad surgery and a heart transplant, and it has been six months since and I think I am doing great. For me, there is only one reason I made it through all of this, God was by my side and I haven’t fulfilled my purpose in life yet. This is why I believe God did not take me home with him.
I am not sure what my purpose is, maybe it’s to raise my children so the world will be a better place. To raise them without hatred and prejudice and teach them to love people and treat people with respect. It may be to teach my children that different religions are ok and not every believes in the same thing and to fill their lives with love and not hate. To teach them to live their life under the guidance of the God that they believe in and he will guide them down the right path. As long as I live I will give my family every day I have on earth.
Sometimes if the weight of the world is too much to bear, just remember that God will always be there. I thought that for a time to be a good father and husband was to take care of my family financially. There is so much more to life than just being a good provider. Anyone can be a good provider, but you have to be a leader spiritually. We should teach our kids right from wrong. Men need to be a faithful husband and love their wives like no other. I think this is part of a man’s purpose for being placed on earth. I found out that being just a provider is not good enough. I have to be there for my family emotionally, spiritually, and physically. If my purpose in life is being the best father I can be and the best husband a woman can ask for, then I have a great job to do.
I think that it is our purpose in life or our responsibilities in life to raise our children to make the world a better place for them and their children to come. Making our life and that of those we love, or even those you don't, more meaningful, leaving a legacy of love and kindness to others, maybe even leaving the world richer by us being in it, that's what matters.
I've spent a long time being this negative person, allowing too much of the tragedy in the world to affect me, allowing too much of other people's negativity to affect me. Life's too short to dwell on negativity, it's too short to spend it slaving away at things just because it's what's expected of us. I feel like I'm finally starting to see what life is really all about and how I should be living it. Love is the most important thing. Second to that is wonder, not the baseless, empty wonder, but the wonder that science strengthens.
It turns out that no one can imagine what's really coming in our lives. We can plan, and do what we enjoy, but we can't expect our plans to work out. Some of them might, while most probably won't. Inventions and ideas will appear, and events will occur, that we could never foresee. That's neither bad nor good, but it is real. I think you just need to believe that we are here to serve a higher purpose in life. Whether we believe in the afterlife or not we are here for a reason, so we need to enjoy our lives and figure out how to make the world a better place.