“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”- Romans 8:28
What marks our time here? What is the purpose of our days? Why are we placed on this earth?
This weekend I had the privilege, along with Jay’s extended family, to lie to rest his grandfather who, at 85 years old, lived a life so beautiful that I was brought to tears countless times, by just witnessing the legacy he built within his community and most importantly through his family. I am so blessed to have married into a family that shares such a deep love for one another. I did not know Jay’s grandfather for very long, but it was throughout my time with his family that I began to see how much of an impact one man can make. I spent a lot time throughout the weekend leading to his funeral thinking of the three grandparents I have lost and the beautiful legacy that they have left behind within their own communities and families. This brought me to reflect on the purpose of our life here on this earth.
As Christians, we know that in death (even though our bodies may still be intact) that our soul is brought forth by God the Father to the heaven’s, bringing it home to the place where we ultimately belong. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that every spiritual soul “is immortal: It does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection” (CCC 366). Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ. (CCC 1022). This judgment is something we all will face. As Christians, we have the faith to understand the beauty of this concept. It is something that is waiting for all of us. Our lives, every action, and every choice we make will be set forth at the judgment.
(For scriptural evidence of this, see Luke 16:22; 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23.)
Jay and I have spent the better part of a year, walking tediously though the adoption process, filling out countless forms, sharing our lives with our social worker for hours, praying and just waiting for that phone call that an expectant mama has chosen us to be parents. We have spent countless hours wishing and focusing on our own prayers for our lives that it seems we may have forgotten why God has chosen this trial for our life. Asking him what is our purpose? What is the point of this suffering, questioning, and wondering? This weekend this was all put into perspective.
Romans 8:28 promises us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” So, indeed, God has a purpose and we have been created as part of that purpose and for a purpose. And Jesus tells us what that purpose is – to love and serve God, and to love and serve others – and it’s repeated three times in the Scriptures (Matt 22:36, Mark 12:29, Luke 10:25). The purpose of life is so very simple. When we fulfill the purpose that God has set forth for our life, we will be filled with harmony and contentment.
This weekend I was sure that Jay’s grandfather had fulfilled his purpose. He spent his days living for others and living for Christ. When I think over our grandparents lives, I know that they had fulfilled their purpose. They followed the Lord’s plan, sharing in the beauty of it with their families and within their communities. Their legacy is a testament to their faith and the fulfillment of God’s purpose.
Why have I decided to spend a blog post talking about death? The answer is simple, we must start living out the Lord’s purpose NOW! Our souls depend on it. Jesus’ one wish was to save us from eternal damnation and we have a way to grant this wish, by living for the Lord and others. As Jay and I wait for our little one to come into our lives, we will spend our days fulfilling God’s purpose.
All of us have the ability to spend the rest of our days living for others, sharing in Christ’s love, and holding on to His hope of what is yet to come. For it is in our living for Him, that our purpose for this life might be realized.
Lord, help us to know your ways, hold onto your truth, your word, and your promises for us. Help us to be patient in the waiting and hopeful for your purpose to reveal itself. Let us be calm in the face of our trials and grateful for our blessings in life. We ask that you may be understanding of our shortcomings as we work to become more faithful to you. Help us oh Lord to be faithful to your purpose. Amen.