The Purpose of a Thing

by Mark T. Hancock · 2 comments

Who better knows the purpose of a thing than the Very Creator of the thing?

I recently updated the RAM in my laptop. I don’t know where I found the courage, but I took off the bottom cover of my computer, yanked out a piece of plastic with a bunch of little blocky squares and dots on it, and replaced it with a piece of plastic that looked almost identical. Things seem to work better now.

If you had handed me that piece of plastic I would have been clueless regarding its purpose. Fortunately I knew it was coming in the mail because I ordered it. If I wasn’t expecting it I’m not sure what I would have done with it. It may have ended up under the leg of a shaky table or serving as a really cool bookmark. I probably would have found a use for it. That would have been abnormal use – or abuse. The disconnect with the creator’s purpose would have had tragic results.

Happily, it ended up in the place that it was created to function at its best. It’s working right now to get these words to you. Humming along (if it hums – I’m sure someone will correct me) and doing what I guess RAM does best.

You know where I’m going with this…

When we understand our design and position ourselves for best use (according to our Creator) we never function better. If we misunderstand our design we accept an abnormal use that is determined for us. We may experience some moments of humming, but extended humming for our highest purpose will remain beyond our reach. You see, the Creator knows what is best.

Scripture says, “Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “ He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “ He has no understanding”? (Isaiah 29:16).

When we partner with our Creator in the grand adventure of the realization of our purpose, we not only get closer to doing what we do best, but the journey itself becomes worthwhile as we grow closer to the One Who knows us best.

I love My Creator.

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Monty March 6, 2009 at 2:43 am

great to meet you in the blogosphere! not sure how, but i greatly appreciate your encouraging words…ESPECIALLY this entry. it seems this week God has been shrinking my ego again, reminding me to live into who i am, NOT compare myself with others or attempt to be more than i am. thank you for being God’s voice to me tonight…and affirming the uniqueness of every person’s purpose.

Vladox March 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Hi Pastor Mark,
Great post yet again! Lately, a thought of personal mission has been haunting me. As we live our lives, we so often get bogged down by our daily routine, and our vision gets diminished into “just trying to make it till tomorrow” and get through the day today. It feels like this routine takes away from the fullness of life and dims the colors of God’s created beauty of nature around us. I feel that knowing our purpose is the light out of this daily routine jungle. I have always believed that we all have a purpose in life and it is up to us to figure out what that purpose is. And that’s what impacted me about this blog post. I have realized that one cannot make his/her purpose, it has to be asked for to be revealed, which in turn requires us to really “tune in” with our Creator.. Good job Pastor Mark!

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