On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 117: Why Am I Here? Part 1 (10/23/16)

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2: 10 RSV)

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why am I here?” Have you heard others ask that same question? It is within each of us to know the purpose of our life here on earth.  Each of us ought to want to know why He created us uniquely, with individual skills, experiences, and talents. We ought to ask questions. What am I supposed to do with what God has given me? What is my calling and what will give purpose to my life?

We all have occupations that provide us with a means to support our life and our family. Most people have more than is necessary to live a complete life. Beyond the “complete life” all becomes a selfish endeavor perhaps to compete with our neighbor. But we must ask the question, “What gives meaning to our life?” I will tell you now, competition with our neighbor does not give meaning to life.

In the passage above, St. Paul tells us that we are to do good works which God prepared beforehand. God has a plan for us, and what we are to do with the skills, experiences, talents and treasure He has given us. The question before us then is: Are we listening to what He is telling us? If we listen intently to His words, we will learn of our purpose is in this life.

 This weekly series of brief thoughts on stewardship and Orthodox life is brought to you by your Diocesan Stewardship Commission.

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