By Divine Design, we have been given a higher purpose, to live a life with purpose and destiny! This moment and each moment after that is given for us to experience the life we planned in the Heavens as we counseled with our Heavenly Father.
Enjoy This Moment...This Moment Is Your Life!!!
As you may know, I am on a new adventure and it is bringing up new thoughts and concepts. It is taking me places that I haven’t allowed myself to venture before....it is a whole new journey and a more engaging way to see this life. I have found a higher purpose, for my life, that opens a way to a more meaningful relationship with my Creator.....my Father in Heaven.
From the first time I heard the concept that I was a Child of my Father and Mother in Heaven, and that with that lineage came a promise of an inheritance of Eternal Life, I have felt loved and wanted to do all they wanted me to do to be worthy of that inheritance.
I also held on to the idea that He has prepared ‘many mansions’ for us.....I took it literally.
D&C 98:18, “Let not your hearts be troubled; for in my Father’s house are many mansions, and I have prepared a place for you; and where my Father and I am, there ye shall be also.”
I have looked forward to that day and have tried to live worthy of it. I know in my heart, that because of their love for us, their desires are for us to come and live with them....to be with them again after we have proven ourselves in this life.
Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
This command to be ‘perfect’ even as He is, has never been a burden or seemed like it was too much to do or expect of me. I either have an unyielding faith in my Father, or I really do live in a fantasy world....as I have been accused of several times. :)
I know that this seems like a hard or an insurmountable task for many and I do not want to minimize how overwhelming it can seem. But, I also know that we tend to make life harder than we need to because of our tendency to magnify things in our minds.
But, really........wouldn’t you like give up your fears and over commitments to find and follow a more meaningful, higher purpose for your life? Don’t you want to be someone who has been given.... a reason to live, to learn, to discover and to be free.....and yes, to find the peace and joy we are seeking?
We can live the life we were intended to have from the very beginning, by living each moment with intention. You do not just find a happy life....you create it by embracing each moment and making it a moment worthy of your higher purpose, your divine design!
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I heard a Christian song a couple weeks ago, titled “Live With Abandon” by the Newsboys.
The words “I wanna live with abandon...” have continued to stay with me. I knew in my heart that, that is what I wanted for my life from this point forward because it’s a life with a higher calling, a life that really counts, because we are turning our fears and desires over to Christ....we are giving Him our hearts.
The song helped me understand that there is so much more to life than what I have lived in the past.
A Higher Purpose
As a Child of God, we have been given a life with a divine design.....a divine purpose.....to become as He is.
Psalm 82:6 “Ye are God’s and all of you are children of the most High.” All men are children of God and thus all can become like Him....as He is.
There is a parable that Elder Dallin H. Oaks shared with us in the October 2000 General Conference. I think it helps us to better see the desires our Father has for us.
It goes like this: “A wealthy father knew that if he were to bestow his wealth upon a child who had not yet developed the needed wisdom and stature, the inheritance would probably be wasted. The father said to his child: “All that I have I desire to give you - not only my wealth, but also my position and standing among men. That which I have I can easily give you, but that which I am you must obtain for yourself. You will qualify for your inheritance by learning what I have learned and by living as I have lived. I will give you the laws and principles by which I have acquired my wisdom and stature. Follow my example mastering as I have mastered, and you will become as I am, and all that I have will be yours.”
Like this parable, we have been promised ALL that our Heavenly Father....God has. “All that I have I desire to give you.” When I think about these words, I am truly humbled, and reminded again, of the love that He has for me and of His desire for me to become like Him so I can inherit, or have, all that He has. I love that I am His child and that He has given me everything I need so I can do what is required so that I can have and become ALL that He has and is.
His Plan Of Happiness For Us
Can you imagine coming to this life without a plan? It sounds like chaos and living lives without the blessings we need and desire. Lives lived without purpose or direction. Nothing to live for or strive for. No peace nor joy....just chaos and frustration!
In 2 Nephi 2:25 we read, “...and men are, that they might have joy.”
His design is for us is to experience His quality of joy and thus fulfill the measure of our existence. Fathers’ plan....the Plan of Salvation is truly a plan of joy and happiness. His plan for us to become as He is, gives us purpose and direction so that through our experiences we will qualify for our inheritance because we will learn what He has learned and we will live as He lived! I find that exciting!!
The Plan of Salvation or God’s Plan of Happiness makes it possible for ALL people to be exalted and live forever with our Heavenly Parents. God knew we would struggle to stay on course and make good choices all the time....that too is part of the plan!
Because He wants us to experience joy and inherit all that He has, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this earth to show us how to live to receive all those blessings. And....He gave us the most precious gift of all, the Atonement....the only way for us to be redeemed from the effects of our sins and become reconciled to God.
C.S. Lewis made this remark, “For God is not merely mending, not simply restoring a status quo. Redeemed humanity is to be something more glorious than unfallen humanity would have been, more glorious than any unfallen race now is....and this super-added glory will, with true vicariousness, exalt all creatures.”
Blessed with the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can gain access to unlimited possibilities and powers and potential. It makes it possible for us to follow His example and master as He has mastered... and we will become as He is, and have all that He has.
Carefree In The Care Of God
There is another Christian song by Jason Gray titled ‘Sparrows’. I heard it several years ago and was touched by the message. It’s message tells us that life is difficult and we spend a lot of wasted time worrying about life and what is going to happen to us. We can’t change a thing! We just need to know that when we feel alone....we are not on our own, God is taking care of us.
It’s a beautiful song with a beautiful message that God loves us and wants us to live fully and find happiness in the choices we make and the mistakes we overcome. His intent is to always take care of us, just as the flowers and birds are carefree in the care of God, we too can trust Him for our care.
“Look at the sparrow....for even the sparrow knows that God holds tomorrow.” Jason Gray
The purpose of this glorious life is not simply to endure it, but to soar, stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love with existence....knowing we are always in His care. We were born to live not to merely exist.
Because our Heavenly Father....our Creator loved us without exception, He created a way for us to gain our inheritance by giving us everything we need.
Your Divine Destiny
Although we don’t know all that was decided in the Heavens, we do know that we are here to chose righteously and to stand strong each moment for the things that we know in our hearts to be true. Because of His love for us, He not only provided the perfect plan, but He is watching over us and caring for us so we can fulfilled our higher purpose and return to be with Him and claim our mansions and enjoy Eternal Life.
Title: Look At The Sparrow
The purpose of this glorious life is to become free of all that keeps us tethered. We need to “Look At The Sparrow” and live as he does, free from care and concern. We are always in His care...we were born to live a higher purpose...to fly, not to merely exist.
We can live the life we were intended to have from the very beginning, by living each moment with intention. Embrace each moment and make it a moment worthy of your higher purpose, your divine design!
I feel that we all learn and grow from hearing and sharing thoughts and feelings from one another. I am not the specialist on this topic or any other topic I have shared, but I hope that I have given you something to think about. You too, can help us all gain better insights and move closer to our higher purpose by adding your inspirations or experience that you have gone through.
Maybe these questions will help with getting several comments or even a discussion going.
Wouldn’t you like to find and follow a more meaningful, higher purpose for your life? Why?
What have you experienced that has allowed you to ‘live with abandon’ and give up fears and desires for a more meaningful way of life?
Lots of Love and Gratitude,