In the 1987 movie, “The Untouchables,” Sean Connery (playing Jim Malone) and Kevin Costner (playing Elliot Ness) are talking about how to take down the legendary gangster Al Capone. Sean Connery says, “What are you prepared to do?” Kevin Costner responds, “Everything within the law.” Connery counters, “And THEN what are you prepared to do?” It was a memorable moment in a movie with the tagline, “Never stop fighting till the fight is done.”
When you grasp the sober reality that the average length of life in the United States is 78.49 years (women 81.05 and men 76.05), most of you reading this blog are beyond the 39.245 halfway-point. So the question really is, “WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO?”
If you haven’t thought about or clarified your life purpose, when do you plan to take time to figure it all out? Do you have a clear sense of what God created you for? Do you know what on earth you are here for? Do you have a mission statement? Are you living it?
The most basic question everyone faces in life is, “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but author Rick Warren says in best-selling “The Purpose Driven Life,” “the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for putting us on earth.” If you’ve never read the book, I suggest you join the 32 million people who have bought the book and read the short 1-1½ page chapters designed to be read over a 40-day period. Millions have been inspired to live with greater clarity and focus.
The big question remains—What are you prepared to do? Before you were born, God planned this moment in your life. It is no accident that you are reading this blog. God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live —here on earth, and forever in eternity.
What first step or additional steps will you take today to discover or clarify your purpose? If I fall into the average lifespan for a man, I’ve only got 17 years to go. I’m very grateful I figured out my life purpose on inspiring transformissional living years ago. How about you? What are you prepared to do?
QUESTION: Would you mind sharing your life purpose statement? Place it in the comment section.