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Finding your purpose and living every day ready to die

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 8:00 AMTamara Bailey
Reverend Al Miller

Mandeville, Manchester:

While we are faced with many uncertainties in our lives, there is one thing that we are sure of, and that is death.

Even though we have no idea when and where it will happen, we are advised to live everyday as if it where our last, finding the reason for which we were brought here, and working actively to pursue it.

The Reverend Al Miller, during his message at the Kendal Conference Centre in Manchester, recently, expressed that every individual should live to fulfil his purpose.

"There are four questions of life that every person should wrestle with if we are going to ever live fruitful and productive lives, and yet, many have lived and have never asked and found the answers to these questions. I challenge you today, as a servant of the living God, to pursue your life, wrestle, and answer the questions ... Who Am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?

"Live to fulfil your purpose. Everything that God created, He created with purpose. You can identify the purpose for everything, therefore, fulfilling how much more that you can be in the world," he added.

He beseeched the congregation to acknowledge the short time individuals have on this earth and encouraged them to focus on how one lives instead of how long he or she lives.

"Living is not about longevity - although there is a place for long life and long life has its good. The essence of life is fulfilment of purpose, and so you want to know that you find your purpose and live your life to fulfil your purpose because at the end of your purpose, life ends."

"You are given life on the earth with a purpose and how you live here, in the time you have here, will determine where you spend eternity. Life here is short. It is a few days. Many of us may not necessarily get to the three score years and 10, but by reason of strength, may get a little more into the 80s.

"The purpose of the thing is not in the mind of the thing, but in the mind of the maker of the thing, and that's why you need to know God because He made you. And when you have found the purpose for the rest of your life, you will be in active pursuit of the fulfilment of that purpose. At the end of it, you must be able to say 'I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course'," he advised.

 

SATISFYING THE CREATOR

 

Impacting lives positively and satisfying the Creator are two of the benefits he shared for finding one's purpose.

"The days of a man are determined, so God has set the time clock for your life since you were born. The word of God says you cannot do anything to extend it. You can, by your folly, shorten it, but you don't really have the power to extend it, so live ready to die."

He continued, "Live triumphantly now so that you would have done what you were created to do. Know the word. Give yourself in service to others, serving humanity, loving others, having an attitude of gratitude, an attitude of thanksgiving and praise to God with a heart of humility. Live life to the fullest to the glory of God and the satisfaction of your Creator, who, when you are done, would have said 'well done'."

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