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I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have an extraordinary life purpose. Admittedly, not everyone has been present with themselves enough to know what their purpose is. Some have a clear understanding of their purpose and reject it flatly over and over again. Others dance around it. Can anyone can be truly happy unless they are on the path to fulfilling their divine purpose? Even those who have no clear idea of their purpose know that deep fulfillment is in the living of that purpose.
A Course in Miracles has a beautiful prayer for Life Purpose:
I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do,
because He Who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes,
knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.
For many years, I either ran from or simply turned my attention away from what I knew to be my purpose. I was being called to be a minister, to study our God nature and the spiritual laws and principles and to walk in them. Initially, I had associated my vocation with a loftiness and an arduousness that made it seem far from my reach. I thought I had to be flawless. I thought I had to live a life of extreme holiness and that felt completely unattainable to me.
Fortunately, in my desire to know and understand the spiritual nature of life, I discovered that there was no part of the Divine that expected me to be anything other than I was. There was no great opinion holder in the sky judging me. Instead, there is an infinite source of love, encouragement and support responding in every moment. I don’t have to be a saint or live without falling down. I only have to pick myself up with as much love as I can muster every time I fall. I only have to keep my attention on what I desire most: love, beauty and wisdom.
The miracle of Divine Law and Infinite Grace is that it is always seeking me. I don’t even have to think about it anymore. It no longer requires major effort because it’s not far away. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I’ve discovered that I’ve had the power all along. And just as quickly, I am home, in the love of God.
Today, I treasure the inspired words of the wonderful mystic, Christian D. Larson, who writes in his powerful classic The Pathway of Roses , “The lilies of the field are all that beautiful lilies can possibly be, and they depend wholly upon the powers divine that are within them. Accordingly, they are an inspiration to all the world.”
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