Eric's Sunday Sermon; Beginning To Find Our Inner Purpose
Does a rose have a purpose?
Do you really care?
Have you ever just contemplated what is the right course for you to take at a given time? Hopefully you have. It would seem that you must first consider whether we are just random molecules made up into biological living form. That seems kind of farfetched. Or you could consider a type of fatalism where things are already preordained and you are just a pinball being bounced around in some seemingly chaotic fashion that has been predetermined. Wow both of those wear me out just thinking about them.
Probably you are like the vast majority of humans and believe there has to be a creator of some sentient characteristics. Is your head swimming in gobbledygook yet? I had to say all that just to get back to the original question. Assuming you have a purpose do you ever wonder what that is? Do you think that maybe you have a calling to make something happen in life? Or do you just assume that you are to go from day to day doing the best you can to get by and that the rest is just foo foo talk about silliness?
So if you do not think that your life may have a higher purpose and that you might want to find out what that is, read no further. I fully respect your right to think in that way. Shoot you may not have time to think any other way ;-) But if you grapple with what your ultimate purpose is then by all means come explore the possibilities with us today.
I really wonder if the little carpenter boy knew his purpose at that age. Any how I just love a good Christmas song. Not too many in a row though.
She has some real fancy degrees from a real fancy school. But somehow her inner purpose has to do with children. Let us see what life brings her.
Getting past society.
First let us do away with any notion that politically correct speech even enters my lexicon of thought. Poo poo I say to that. If thought is constricted by the words we use in thinking then thinking is controlled and that is scary. If I say “he treated him badly just like a nigger” do you turn away because I used the “N” word no matter how appropriately? How about the “H” word? If I say “Hitler burned books” do you shut down because I used the “H” word no matter how appropriately? If you do this, then this writing is not for you.
I did that last paragraph because it is important in finding our true purpose. If we are looking for societal norms then we are not looking deep within. It is not fashionable to think aloud or speak in public about finding your inner purpose. Maybe in a book no one knows you are reading but not at the water cooler at work. Talk politics and sports and gossip there. Far more fruitful as far as society goes. I hope you see the point. Popularity is not a contest one gets into in finding a higher purpose. So to say it in short fashion; your purpose is not derived from what others would impose upon you.
You first just have to get into the language of the sweetness that exists within you. Who am I? Why am I here? Am I inherently good or bad? What do I know I can accomplish? Who’s your daddy? (oops just had to lighten it up a bit) Which brings us to the difference between happy and joy filled. Happy is a fleeting emotion normally contingent on our worldly state of being. Joyous is an inner inner depth concept. A deep connection with what is good. Here it is suggested that if you find true joy then you have begun, at least, to find your inner purpose.
There is something special in a desert sunrise.
Wouldn't it be strange if you looked hard for your inner purpose and found out you were just Bad to the Bone?
So what are we looking for?
Let us look at it from a practical point of view. If you are someone who either, just in your head or you write down a planner of some sort then you are ready. I just use a calendar. I put on that calendar things that I must do in the future and things I want to get done in the future. A pretty blurred line there as things I must do are to accomplish that which I want in the future. See how that is? I can see the purpose of a day far into the future. I plan for it. And I am not what you would call strictly organized or a great planner. But even for me I do some planning to accomplish things. And then for me, illness has set a wrinkle in those plans so I had to develop new ones. Goals are flexible. If we have a long term goal we set little goals to get there. A buddy writing a book sets in his mind a chapter a week. Fifty weeks – Fifty chapters and a book – it is all good.
Now if we can do that don’t you think that God does likewise for us? Not set in stone but a rough outline of a goal we are to achieve. Oh do not worry we are more than capable of messing up the plan and goals. But we are also capable of getting in tune with them and getting them done. So get out your spiritual planner. Let us consider some day to day goals that will get us to our inner purpose.
Hey now for all of you who take copious notes and sit in the front of the class and ask “will that be on the test”, lighten up a bit. We are going to write down in our planner what? I bet you thought I was going to tell you what to write down. Life in the spiritual does not work that way. So get out your planner or calendar with a pen, or pencil so you can erase.
Go ahead write it down day by day. Again you ask “what do I write down?” Drum roll please. You write down whatever you want to and can get done that day on the calendar. If I were starting out I would write down for the first two weeks – every day, sit still and quiet for 10 minutes. Or maybe I would write down to think about the spiritual for ten minutes each day. Or maybe even write down to pray for a given time and a given subject each day.
When I was little I was the youngest of 6 siblings all grouped closely together. We had a strong love foundation and most “needs” were met. So struggle was a relative word. If I spoke it was considered as coming from the little runt. I was not listened to. I got over it as it was an easy struggle. But somewhere along the line I did just the same thing as my older siblings. I stopped listening to that small voice within. What a mistake. Isolation in the wilderness cured that issue. I began to listen to that voice and actually value the input or opinions of my inside inner me. Hey, come to find out I am quite a good guy. And I listen to this day. That inside never has steered me wrong. When I do not listen is when trouble quickly appears. Nowadays there is a three way conversation going on most the time. My inner self to my God and then the rude interruptions of the “yes buts” from my societal mind. Those “yes buts” prevent me from reaching my inner purpose goals.
What about you?
What place and space are you at today?
Little steps or a refresher
Back to our calendar. Now maybe in the future we can write down to create a dialogue of understanding with our societal voice. Somehow find a balance so we can live in the world and yet live within our inner purpose. A treaty of sorts. We say something like “OK I know I have to go to work each day and get stuff done to survive but how about we put a little more emphasis on what I should be doing rather than on what I must do.”
It is the Christmas season. Maybe you want to put this off until the immediate “things” get done. Or maybe today is just exactly the day that you start putting some emphasis on your inner purpose and carry on accordingly. I think everyone is special. I think we are destined to create great works. Yours is special to you. I would hope that someday you know what that is. And then I am quite confident you will be joy filled and happy to boot!