Weekly Blessings: Week 15: Purpose
Welcome to the first “Weekly Blessing” of October! Did you miss me? I’m actually trying to put titles along with the posts now!
This week’s inspiration came from a short article that I read this morning, actually.
The article came from OMG Facts
and discussed George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera. Shockingly the man committed suicide. His reasoning? “My work is done. Why wait?”
This short article made me think spiritually. As a Christian, I do not believe in suicide at all. I believe that suicide is like putting yourself in God’s position and interfering with His ultimate plan for your life. It saddens me to see someone so burdened that they feel the need to bring permanent harm to themselves; it really does break my heart. However, this is not the main purpose of this post and, since this topic is extremely controversial, I will leave my opinions at that and allow you guys to make your own decisions. Got Questions
and Christianity Today
have interesting pieces on suicide if you’re interested in deeper reading.
The second thing I considered was Mr. Eastman’s own beliefs. When looking into his background, I discovered that he was a non-believer. This was saddening because…well, as a Christian we all know why(Matthew 7:21-23, 2 Corinthians 4:4, John 3:16, Psalm 14:1).
And lastly, I considered the fact that he felt as if his work was done. How could he be so sure? This man invented the Kodak camera and basically pioneered the amateur photography, not to mention the fact that he had the one of largest companies in U.S. history. All of those major accomplishments, yet he felt there was no more left for him to do?
I believe that everyone has a purpose in life and that their assignment isn’t done until God calls us home (Proverbs 19: 21,1 Corinthians 7:17) . Who knows how long Eastman could have lived if he would not have pulled the trigger? Who knows what else he could have done?
It’s important that we never take our days God has given us for granted. God has a plan and a purpose for everything that happens to us. It is our job to live for Him and to try to maneuver through this life as best as we can. Yes, times will get hard and we will hate that we have to deal with the world around us, but we have to keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that we have something greater waiting for us in the skies.
I know this post is probably kind of all over the place, but if you don’t take anything else from this post, take this: I urge you to ask God to reveal to you your purpose and live for Him. Don’t let the issues of this world get you down. 1 John 4:4 says, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” No matter what you are going through, God is with you! Just reach out to Him and He will come to you(1 John 4:10, Acts 17:26-28)! Don’t allow Satan to steal your joy or the blessings God has in store for you!
“Still, if you set your heart on God
and reach out to him,
If you scrub your hands of sin
and refuse to entertain evil in your home,
You’ll be able to face the world unashamed
and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless.
You’ll forget your troubles;
they’ll be like old, faded photographs.
Your world will be washed in sunshine,
every shadow dispersed by dayspring.
Full of hope, you’ll relax, confident again;
you’ll look around, sit back, and take it easy.
Expansive, without a care in the world,
you’ll be hunted out by many for your blessing.
But the wicked will see none of this.
They’re headed down a dead-end road
with nothing to look forward to—nothing.”
Thanks for reading! If you’d like to share something(Bible verse, a song, or a message) that God has put on your heart, please do so! If you’d like to contribute to “Weekly Blessings,” reach me via Facebook, Twitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I’ll make sure to get back with you!