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The point is purpose

Jon Hauser

FARGO — In kindergarten, a member of the Williston Fire Department came to our school. Each of us went home that afternoon with a bright red firefighter hat. That was the absolute coolest item I owned, and I was convinced someday I would be a firefighter. A year later my dream career changed. I decided I wanted to own a ranch and be a cowboy. I had cowboy boots, blue jeans, a belt with an appropriate buckle, a western shirt, along with a slick and stylish cowboy hat. That lasted for a few years until my dream changed to being a professional basketball player. This was the dream that I was convinced would stick. After Phil Jackson, I was going to be the second Williston native to make it to the NBA. I even had the red, white and blue wristbands and high-top shoes. How could I not make it in the NBA?

How about you? Think back to when you were a kid. What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher? A policeman? A cook, astronaut, farmer or doctor? Now as an adult, consider this question: Why at age 5, 6 or even 9 were you dreaming about having any kind of job or career at all? You had no need for a job or income. You had no bills or a family you were responsible for. Why do we dream about our future profession at such an early age? I believe it's because we are created by God with a desire for purpose; to accomplish something; to make a positive contribution to the lives of others. Absent of a divine creator that desire would be missing.

Our longing for purpose starts at an early age. And until we die, we cannot deny it exists. In Acts chapter 13 verse 36 we read: "When David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed."

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and one of the most simple and powerful statements I know. David did not live a perfect life. He got off track and made mistakes. But through it all, he was humble enough to admit his sin and hungry enough to seek God's forgiveness and God's desire.

Where are you looking for purpose? Whose purpose are you pursuing? I contend that the only lasting fulfillment a human soul will find is when we seek, discover, and fulfill God's purpose for our life.

If you started a new job it would be impossible to fulfill your purpose for that job without communicating with the creator of that job (the HR department, your supervisor, the owner, etc.). The same is true in life. We must connect and communicate with our creator. It's easy to veer off course. But when we do our hearts will long for purpose. And that longing is placed in us to lead us back towards God. Some seek him and others keep searching.

God bless you. See you next Sunday!