Healthy Habits of a Life of Faith
Week 4: October 1
Purpose of life
We’ve touched the last two weeks on original value and the importance of understanding our value from God’s viewpoint, not from a self-centered viewpoint. This week, we will explore the question, what is the purpose of life?
We often ask ourselves, “What do I want to be? What are my goals, my dreams? What do I want to do with my life?”. However, since we didn’t create ourselves, we can’t find our life’s meaning by only asking ourselves. In fact, we could reach all our personal goals--find a career, make money, get married, and have kids-- and be successful by the world’s standards but completely miss the purpose for which we were created.
Divine Principle reveals that we can’t experience fulfillment without understanding God and our relationship to Him. God created us to experience a true life by fulfilling the three great blessings which essentially outline a life of love. Each of us discovers how we uniquely fulfill the three blessings in our own lives. We strive for maturity in heart and character, lasting love in our families, and to discover our unique mission in life. All these experiences result in a joy that comes from connecting to something much bigger than myself.
Knowing this, we are asked everyday to align with God’s purpose for us. We are given situations in which we make choices of our own free will to fulfill this original purpose. When we center on this value system, it brings clarity to our decisions in life, and a confidence that we are going in the right direction.
ON THIS WEEK'S CALL/MEET UP
- Name 3 of the most important things you feel called to accomplish in your life?
- What is a life purpose that is socially accepted by society?
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- What is different in our way of thinking of life’s purpose and of society’s way of thinking?
“Why are you born? To be responsible for true love. Only in true love can you find true value. Nothing else, not money, possessions, power of knowledge is of value.” - The Way of Tradition II, 222
“...Make a determination to use [your] talents to help the world rather than just serve themselves. Many young people today seem to be studying just for its own sake. Unless you have a purpose in life, your studies will lack the passion needed for happiness. - A Peace Loving Global Citizen, 328
“To set your objective is to give meaning to the life you will lead… Your goals should be about where your talents can have the most impact. So you should think of the world as your stage as you decide what you want to do in life. If you do, you will likely find many more things to do than what you were originally dreaming about. You have only one life to live, so use it to do something that the world needs. You cannot reach the hidden treasure on an island without adventure. Please think beyond your own country, and think of the world as your stage in setting your goal.” - A Peace Loving Global Citizen, 331
This week we invite you to take some time to reflect further on 3 of the most important things you feel called to accomplish in your life. How are you investing your time and energy right now to contribute to achieving those goals?
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