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If you’re not living on purpose you’re like a ship without a rudder, or maybe a car without a steering wheel.  Even if you get it running and pointed in the right direction, you still have no idea which way you’re going to end up going.  Being along for such a ride would be scary, wouldn’t it?  With all of the obstacles out there things are not going to go very well.  If you have no clear destination in mind then it doesn’t really matter which way you go, but people who live this way seem to always be surprised by the destination.

I’m reminded of a quote from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

Cheshire-Cat-talking-to-Alice“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”

And yet, who really wants to live this way?  Many people do live on a whim and then want to complain to God, “I’m your child.  Why is this happening to me?”  Really.  If you don’t care where you’re going then why be upset when you get there?

There is also scripture which deals with this subject.  (Quite a bit actually, but one in particular comes to mind.)

“Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is they way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14

The narrow, strait gate leads to life, and few are able to find it.  Why?  Because they are all over the place, like a ship being tossed wherever the wind takes it.

We are only given one life.  When it is over will we be ashamed with how we lived it?  Finding purpose isn’t hard.  Perhaps it’s following through, staying on the strait path, that keeps people from pursuing it.