Existing vs Living

Why are you here? Why are you here on this earth, at this time in history?

Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Why not a 100 years ago, or a hundred years from now? Surely there must be a purpose, right? Why do we exist right now? Which begs another question I ask myself often… Are we existing or are we living?

And that is the most important question of them all. Obviously there is a reason why we were born in this generation. We each have a role to play in this life. Each role lived makes a difference.

But what kind of difference are we making?

If I am just existing then I am just getting through. But if I am living with purpose then I feel confident I will make a difference in this generation and generations to come.

Which, of course, leads to another important question, yet often hard to answer: What is my purpose?

I’ll go first…

This is what I believe my purpose is –

To love well. To daily consider God’s grace and mercy on me so that I may extend it to others. To embrace life and hold it in high regard. To smile at, and compliment, strangers. (Yes. I deeply believe this is one of my jobs on this earth) To be a supportive wife. To be a loving and inspiring mom. To be an open book. (Quite literally) To share the ugly, scary, and often frowned upon moments in hopes another will find freedom to do the same. To be an encourager. To bring laughter.

To me, these all are high callings. Some may seem insignificant. But to someone else they may change their world. Who knows. All I do know is that, collectively, these purposes help me stand tall and embrace my role in this life. When I walk out my front door each day I leave knowing what I can add to the world around me. No one little task is small. They are all a big part of our time here.

So, I ask you…What is your purpose? What is your purpose in this time, in this place, in your world today?

You matter. You make a difference.


[repost 11/30/14]

2 thoughts on “Existing vs Living

  • So weird you mentioned to compliment strangers … my sister and I were just talking about that! I’ve been so convicted to start doing this!
    In regards to my purpose in life, I’m still trying to figure that out, but here’s a few reasons why I think I’m here:

    – To fervently pray for my family’s salvation.
    – To make others laugh (I say weird random things).
    – To comfort those who are hurting.
    – To rely a 100% on the Lord.
    – To share my story.


  • So many of the things you believe are your purposes are also things I believe are MY purposes!
    I fervently believe I have been placed on this earth to share the love that God has so abundantly blessed me with. I love unconditionally and I embrace that. Like you, I compliment strangers, I smile at folks, I say hello. My motto is, if I can impart a tiny bit of happiness and positivity in someone’s day, I have had a successful day. I am a fiercely loyal, supportive, submissive, traditional wife and I KNOW that is part of my purpose. I support and encourage my children and those I encounter. I share my experiences (haven’t quite gotten to the level of openness that you have, and I commend you for it!) in hopes that I can help someone through a situation or prevent them from going through some of the hurtful experiences I have had. I believe God has placed me here to impart the small amount of wisdom I have acquired in 49 years on His beautiful earth in hopes of enlightening someone else’s day, life or perspective. I have so much hope, joy and love to share… and I feel those are my biggest purposes.

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