I grew up believing I was going to be a hero. A fireman, a doctor, a celebrity, the inventer of a cure for cancer, a footballer, Timmy Mallett... But there came a time when I realised I wasn't going to save lives on a daily basis or score the winning goal at wembley or make a living hitting children on the head with a foam hammer. But that's ok because those things wouldn't have brought any satisfaction any way.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Life is more exciting with a purpose. Not easier but definately more exciting. We have direction and drive. Unfortunately there are many people in the world who haven't found their purpose yet. They see themselves getting older, maybe picking up a few wrinkles and a few scars along the way and wonder where it all went wrong.
God promises us that He has a purpose for us all. Under his guidance we no longer have to put up with drudgery, we can live a life that matters to God and to other people. He doesn't promise hero worship or celebrity status but something much much better, a life that means something not just now but for eternity.
Our primary purpose is to worship God, putting Him first in all things; everything else will flow from that and life will change. Promise.
"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."