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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Beginning To Find Our Inner Purpose

Updated on December 13, 2015

Does a rose have a purpose?

For some reason roses make me smile. I wonder if that is their purpose.
For some reason roses make me smile. I wonder if that is their purpose. | Source

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.

We ask "what we will be". Perhaps we should look inside into what we are.
We ask "what we will be". Perhaps we should look inside into what we are. | Source

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.

What purpose does each day have. It would be cool to have a purpose in each day.
What purpose does each day have. It would be cool to have a purpose in each day. | Source

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?

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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!

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A wonderful sermon, once again. Finding our inner purpose while being a part of the outer environment. Knowing inner purpose is for betterment of one's own life and goals. But one should not abscond from his responsibilities and duties towards his environment and people while pursuing his inner self.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari, you make me pause and ponder. I played here with "Bad To The Bone", but in fact I do not think I ever have met a person "in touch" who was not in harmony with others and our earth. Varying degrees, but isn't everything. Thank you for that very deep concept.

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      CarlySullens 19 months ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I like the idea of writing it down in a calendar. The writing kind of holds yourself accountable as well as helps put your day's purpose in perspective. I remember a professor once taught, you give a 'frame work for freedom.' Meaning set up a framework, boundaries, what have you, and then you have the freedom within those boundaries to create, explore, divulge. The framework keeps it contained and within some sort of parameters so the focus stays on the task.

      Great Sermon. Thank you for eloquently writing down your thoughts and giving us all something to chew on.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carly, Abraham Lincoln said "Obedience of the Law is the greatest Freedom". It is carved into the granite facade over the Springfield Courthouse. Though adopted by legal beagles it is about God's Law. I like how you put the concept of making our own little baby just for us law by putting it down. Thank you, this adds much further for us to chew on.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I write everything down on my calendar, birthdays, Doctor's appointments, when to pay my insurance etc. but the problem is sometimes I forget to look at my calendar. Now what? In church this morning the minister lit a pink candle, ( second advent ) He said in doing this we should start each day in prayer and thankfulness. I know it is just a ritual, but it made me think how much better that would be instead of fretting and worrying about all you must get done today, so it drove home the point, start the day doing something for someone. I'm sure we will find that something if we have a willing heart. Anyhow it, like your message, gave me food for thought. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it! I didn't have to think long for my inner purpose...LOVE, BABY, LOVE!!!!!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great topic, Eric and you gave some good pointers. It is important to for each person to know and pursue his individual purpose. If he doesn't, other people will try to find him one, according to their purpose. You rightly warned against that.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, that deal with actually living by the calendar, is an approximate deal for a healthy person. I give it a shot, but I would not put any great percentage to getting it done. But the effort is good for something. I like the willing heart concept, what a difference an attitude makes. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ain't life Grand?!! I think if there is one real purpose we all share it is love. Even if we don't care to admit it.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, I can't count the purposes that have been thrust upon me, later to find out it was somebody else's agenda and not benevolence. Thank goodness we can learn from life.

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      Linda Lum 19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - There is so much here on which to comment, a hardly know where to begin. You know that I believe in a Divine power--everything meshes together just too perfectly for all of this to just be a random juxtaposition of atoms.

      As for planning--I am depressed, and have found that I need to make lists to FORCE myself to get off of dead-center. If I don't make a plan and PUSH myself to act, it never gets done. (And the list is as simple as write a hub, cook dinner, buy groceries, comb my hair, get dressed, take a shower, get out of bed--in reverse order).

      Do I know what God wants me to do with my life? Not a clue (although I hope that after 6 decades and change I've managed to eliminate a few items from His Heavenly list). What I DO know is that He must have some use for me. I have faced death twice (thus far) and He has allowed me to continue on this earth.

      Thank you for another wonderful, thoughtful hub.

      BTW - I cannot hear the song "Bad to the Bone" without thinking of Jay Buhner, retired player for the Seattle Mariners baseball team. His nickname was "The Bone" and the PA system at Safeco Field always played that song when he came up to bat.

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, I got gifted a new diary for 2016 the other day. I just took it out and gave it pride of place on my desk. I am going to start writing down things I must do, want to do etc on set days and really strive to get them done on those days. My problem is I am a Person who says "I have to get around to.." too much without setting it in stone. That's going to change. I am going to stop saying "What if" and "Yes, but"...and start saying "Why not" or "Let's do it". This hub helped give me the impetus...and if I don't have time to do something, well, I'll write a hub about it. Thanks. (Cool song choice too)

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing down and keeping note of the important events is a great idea. I don't do it. Often I try to remember what to do and that works fine. I focus on the important events. A great purpose for this hub indeed. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carb Diva, in this area of depression I am sadly too familiar. You have just contributed in such a way that some reader will find solace and comfort in knowing they are not alone in fighting such a tragic disease. One of your purposes has just been made manifest in your sharing.

      I just assume that in your case there are many readers who have found joy and a healthier way to eat because of you. I have. Perhaps there is no greater purpose at all.

      "Bad to the Bone" always perks me up when I find myself being too self critical. Kind of an anthem that reminds me that I am really not bad to the bone.

      Thank you for bringing so much to this sermon, they are made so much better than I could make them by outstanding comments like yours.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, now be careful, I speak for a lot of people when I say "please don't change too much, we love you the way you are." Funny you should say that though about the calendar/planner. My new one is actually touching my keyboard as we speak. One of the first things that went into it was "take the time" -- I know what I mean. We are blessed that each new day affords new opportunities to improve. Life is good that way.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika, thank you for coming by and commenting. I have this gift that if I write it down I can see it in my minds eye, even a map to a new place to go. My memory has not faded that much to where I cannot function without a calendar but using one sure makes it easier to pay attention to the good stuff. I know you are plenty productive so keep doing what you are doing.

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      whonunuwho 19 months ago from United States

      I've always felt that knowing one's self first and then relating to others in the best way is of greatest importance for the human race. The inner self reflects ones true heart and this may be shared with others. Thank you for the well written work my friend. whonu

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      Linda Lum 19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - You have brought tears to my eyes. I feel unworthy of the words you have written, but I will put on my big girl boots and (attempt) to accept them graciously.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu,

      I use that same train of thought with love. You have got to love yourself first before you can show it to another. Clearly the best testimony to a good life is leading one. And by far the best life is one shared with others.

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      Dana Tate 19 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      If you ask an older person if they could do life over again what would they do? Many will say, "I will take more risks" Finding your purpose is not as hard as pursuing it. I remember hearing someone comment negatively about homeless people, and I said, " You may see them as homeless people, but I see them as lost treasure". Undiscovered cures and undiscovered inventions.

      I believe we were all born with the tools we needed to survive in this world. The difference is, who is willing to pursue what they feel in their heart they should be doing, and who will become a skeptic and do what society tell them they should be doing.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carb Diva, we do not give compliments here we just state the facts in a loving fashion.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana,

      I always like the thought; It is not what you are going to be that is important, it is who you are that is important. Kind of twisted but I like it. My son in typical young child fashion said he wanted to do what I do when he grew up. Made me wonder just what it is that I "do". Hopefully I do more good than harm.

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      Denise W Anderson 19 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It has taken me many years filled with plans and failures to find my inner purpose. I feel that God has spared my life more than once so that I would find and accept it. Now that I have it, I feel that I have found a great treasure of worth in his presence. Each time I accomplish something that is connected with it, the heavens open and the angels rejoice!

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool Denise. It is what we want to hear from people. That connection when He and us are working toward the same purpose is awesome.

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      Aliswell 18 months ago from Iowa

      Eric, I find your depth of introspection and literary style very engaging.

      My question to you would be:: "Where is the value in referring to some Master Plan, as God?"

      Do not animals or plants or the single cell organism simply exist, with the same life and death multifunctional spark of being that we humans do? Do you suppose those forms spend any amount of time examining their purpose?

      Is it anymore beneficial to search for purpose than to simply exist amongst everything we exist with?

      Now at 71 years of age, I have accepted the fact that seven decades of mind manipulation has made it extremely improbable I find a purpose.

      Such is my view that "As the Babe is innocent and ignorant of the world he enters upon his birth, similarily will he become again one with the truth upon his death." All time in between the two events equates to simply the" Right or Wrong Time at The Right or Wrong Place!"

      Man has long wondered the mysteries of existence in the realm of meaning. An intelligence has formed our world, but will that intelligence give a test at the termination of our cell reproduction? Or will the Purpose of these healthy cell functions and eventual death--Fulfill our long questioned but unanswered Purpose???

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My friend you have given much good thought to your purpose. Perhaps your purpose was to make me ponder and be less pompous. Should I struggle against the current or just give in and go with the flow though it gets hard to breath. You spoke of much. Let me cogitate and meditate on the beauty of it. I will then possibly respond. Perhaps I shall just let it grow in me.

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      Aliswell 18 months ago from Iowa

      Eric, my intention was certainly NOT, in any way, a negative take on your point of view. I am grateful to several ( you certainly included) individuals on this site for all mind exploration and life purpose articles and points of view.

      I am very uneducated in the world of life purpose and ultimate force of creation for those so desperately seeking to make sense of ones' own personal reality.

      I do, however, find a ---very true to me truth in believing that a force of purpose can never be taught, but must be assimilated via some majestic experience in ones' own life.

      Still looking!!!

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Aliswell, you cause me to re-examine. Thank you for that. Perhaps one teaches one's self what their purpose is. The Grand ethereal purpose for our presence may indeed never be know in this time. Then again it may.

      In thinking of this further I realized that my darling wife knows exactly what my purpose is and gives me several each day ;-) Maybe it just does not get deeper than that.

      I am not done with you and your stimulating comments - I am now going to re-read my article here for what purpose I am still not clear on.

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      Shaloo Walia 18 months ago

      Great hub! The purpose of life is a life with a purpose.

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      Eric Dierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well said Swalia, we are fortunate if we can look and find some purpose.

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