What is My Purpose

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13
What is my purpose? Why am I here? …..These are questions asked frequently by people of all ages and are especially common for those in long-term care. Often times those in long-term care feel that their lives do not matter anymore or that they no longer have any purpose in life.
Struggling with one’s “life purpose and meaning” is not just a modern phenomenon but has been around since Old Testament times. King Solomon was a man who according to Scripture (1 Kings 10) literally had anything he wanted and then some. He had riches, fame, wisdom and power. He even had camels and baboons!…. How cool is that!…. But even the great King Solomon wrestled with this idea of life purpose and meaning.
The book of Ecclesiastes chronicles the King’s examination of all that life has to offer and his search for meaning in all the most logical places. After doing so, the wise King comes to this conclusion, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” ….Wow! So simple, yet so profound. After the most thorough examination of all that life has to offer, the King concludes that life’s purpose and meaning are not bound up in things like work, relationships, possessions, hobbies, or even the size of one’s bank account but in living in a reverent, awe-filled relationship with God and doing what He desires for us to do. Everything else is—to put it in the words of King Solomon—“like a chasing after the wind”. Nothing can bring purpose and meaning to life as fully and completely as living in a reverent, obedient relationship with the God who made us and knows us better than we know ourselves.