Hadithi - Are You Running?

Quick Show Notes

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One dictionary defines purpose  as - The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.


At some point in life, most people wonder what the reason for their existence is. Some in a light, curious manner, others in moments of despair.  Often when we don't have a strong vision, we ask ourselves what the purpose of our life is. Have you ever asked yourself that question?


Now, while I don't have a one-size-fits-all solution for how someone can find their purpose, I believe having a vision that goes beyond you can help us answer that question. In dark seasons of life and moments of despair a God-given vision can make the difference between going down the wrong path or holding on till the tough times pass. As it is written,  "Where there is no vision, the people perish."- (Proverbs 29:18)


Because they say no man is an island,  your purpose will always involve and benefit someone else,

in one way or the other. 


Living a life of purpose is not a one-time event, but an ongoing process, that can change as we grow during the journey of life. No one can actually reveal your purpose to you except your creator. Some people can help you clarify your vision and find the purpose that is already in your heart as a seed. Others can help you nurture it unto fruitfulness. But just like no one can do your press-ups for you, no one can live your vision and purpose for you.


We each have a race to run, based on that unique purpose.  And just like runners in a race, everyone has their lane. As you and I stick to our designated lanes, we can run with faith and patience until the day we reach the finishing line. But what matters in life is not just winning for ourselves. What matters in life is helping others to win as well, even if it means slowing down sometimes. Today's short story (hadithi in Kiswahili) illustrates the significance of supporting each other, even as we run individually.


Because we are all interconnected and part of a bigger picture, when all of us finish strong, everyone wins! 


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