Do animals have a mission when they are placed here in this world? Did Miss Annie and Ruger have a special purpose to fulfill or did God put them here to simply to enjoy life, love others and spread joy? I undoubtedly believe it was the latter and they did it well.
Animals are not here as filler. They are not here merely to take up space in an otherwise empty creation. They are also not here to work hard for the betterment of God’s Kingdom. God already did that and on the seventh day He rested from His labor. The same can be also be said for man. We are not filler, nor were we created as worker bees. If animals do not have a specific God-given mission to fulfill, why is it that we believe we do? Why do we believe that we were created to finish a work that God didn’t finish? It sounds different when I put it that way, doesn’t it?
We push ourselves and our children to find an elevated place in the world when our place is merely to be, to reside in God’s presence and enjoy the life that He has given us.
Why all of this pressure and expectation to produce and perform?
Disillusioned and dissatisfied with life, 24-year-old Christopher McCandless gave away the bulk of his money, burned the rest and set off to explore the world. One would think that he was just another romantic boy on an all-American quest. Ultimately, his body was found in an old abandoned bus in the Alaskan wild where he had starved to death. His story made him a polarizing figure with some romanticizing his fate and others calling him a fool with a death wish. Some have gone so far as to label him mentally ill, perhaps a schizophrenic. It’s easy to harshly judge someone you do not know and easier to judge a man after he is dead and can no longer speak for himself. I never met the man and I do not know his heart but his tragic story touched mine in many ways. I wept because I could feel his pain and frustration. I wept because the outcome was so unnecessary and avoidable if only…if only…
Unrealistic expectations lead to disappointment and in Chris McCandless’ case disappointment ultimately led to demise. We place high expectations on ourselves and others. We push ourselves and others to accomplish that which is unrealistic and perhaps meaningless. We force our children to grow too fast. We push them to excel, to be better than other children, to be a bright star in a dark world and we don’t realize that they are born that bright star.
You are that bright star. You always have been. Expectations we place upon ourself are expectations WE place upon ourself, not God. Thus, we are often the cause of our own disappointment. Do you think Miss Annie was disappointed in what she accomplished in her life? Was Ruger? Are the lilies in the field disappointed?
Disappointment is a self-inflicted ailment specific to man. It is unnecessary and avoidable yet we are told it is easily treatable with a little pill or an elixer but there is an easier way to address disappointment.
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Read that again. “God causes EVERYTHING to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to HIS purpose.” Not according to our purpose and our expectations.
So, what does God expect from us?
Jesus was sent to earth for a special purpose, to be the final atonement for sins and He fulfilled His purpose. It. Is. Finished. Remember?
People say they are called to [fill in the blank]. Do we have a calling? Is there such a thing as a calling? There are gifts of the spirit but do those gifts signify life’s purpose for the recipient or are they restoration of God’s original plan for man?
2 Timothy 1:9
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
Called for what? Called to do what? Called to preach and teach and evangelize and…and…a What are you called to do?
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
1) Live justly
2) Love mercy
3) Walk humbly with God