It’s no accident that you’re alive at this time in history. YOU MATTER. You were born for this specific time. You have something that the world needs. Your #1 responsibility in this life is to find out what it is and to do it to the best of your ability.
You may say, “ok, what is it?”
The first clue is in the only prayer that Jesus taught. It’s commonly referred to as The Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. If you think about that very brief little prayer, what Jesus was teaching was for people to ask God to create His kingdom and to fulfill His plans in our lives, and by extension, throughout the earth. He goes on to instruct us to ask for what we need to make it happen.
But what is God’s Kingdom? The Bible tells us that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, meaning right living, peace, and joy. Think about that for a moment. Isn’t that what we all want in our lives? We may think we want a better job, a bigger house, or a nicer car, but what we all truly want in our lives is the peace and joy that a fulfilling job, a house in a great neighborhood, and a reliable car will bring.
And what about the next line of that prayer? “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” God’s will, His desires, and His plans for attainment of them are perfect. We were created with a specific skill set that equips and enables us to do our part to make His plans a reality in our lives, on Earth, right now, as efficiently and effectively as His plans are fulfilled in Heaven.
If every person were to get up every morning and pray that prayer, and then pay attention to the ideas and opportunities that come their way, and then act on those things, their lives would change for the better. Noticeably better. Why? Because they would be cooperating and collaborating with the Creator of the Universe. Their intentions would be to live right and to have the peace and joy that is inherent to living well. Combine that with the sense of contentedness that accompanies a sense of fulfillment, and there’s no other way they’d rather live. Their intentions would not be to force others to change, but rather to be the change, to model for others, the change they want to see in the world.
There is nothing more compelling than a life lived purposefully and successfully. Purposeful living is peaceful and joyful living. It doesn't mean that bad things don't happen. It means that regardless of what happens, we maintain our peace and our joy. And by successful living, I mean maintaining a balance of all five facets of success, which are good relationships, good health, peace, joy, and financial provision.
We aren’t here randomly. We aren’t supposed to just float through life without making our little corner of the world better. We aren’t here to barely exist or to struggle miserably through life. There is no guarantee that the fulfillment of the reasons we’re all here will be easy. Of course there will be difficult times. Accomplishment of anything worth pursuing requires diligent effort.
We’re here to affect change, but it’s not by creating chaos and discord, by protesting and rioting. We're here to be a catalyst for positive change, for improvement in the world. And that is always done by finding and fulfilling the purpose for which we were born. Find your reason for being alive, do it to the best of your ability, and maybe even to the exclusion of all else, and you’ll find yourself living the life you were born to live.
Rhonda Sciortino, author of 30 Days To Happiness (featured on Ellen DeGeneres' show and included in her Kind Box), used the coping skills from her chaotic childhood to create personal and professional success. Through her speaking, writing, media appearances, and Live, Love, Survive and Thrive YouTube show and podcast she shares how others can use the obstacles in their lives as stepping stones to a their real success.