Be The Weird You Wish To See In The World
This past week I was stopped dead in my tracks by my son. I was asked, "do you ever wonder about your purpose?"
As a kid, I don't remember thinking about my purpose much. Although, when I look back, I see there was direction in my life even when I lacked a sense of purpose. Sometimes I knew what I was doing, sometimes I pretended I knew what I was doing and other times I dragged my feet, but did what needed to be done anyways...and here I am.
While sitting in church on Sunday I started thinking again about our conversation. What is my purpose? As I looked around the room, I saw a variety of talent shining through from musicians to leaders to welders.
Like my son, I remember never feeling like I fit in anywhere. I'm weird.
Then I started thinking about people who have affected my life ...
* Mother Teresa: the love this woman demonstrated is humbling. She showed me that it doesn't take money or fame to make a difference in this world. It simply takes a loving heart.
* Martin Luther King Jr: would adopting a child of a different race even be an option without people standing up? What would my worldview look like? If he didn't stand up and lead, how long would it take before someone had? And at what cost?
* My Grandpa Ferwerda: my father's dad died when he was a young child. Even though grandma had four young kids, the grandpa I grew up to know stepped in. He had a great job (He might have helped plant the accounting seed, in fact.) and he stepped up to the plate when honestly he didn't have to. This was probably the first time the seed of adoption was planted. Not once have I ever felt like I wasn't his. In fact, him and grandma demonstrated love and what a healthy marriage looked like. They have left a legacy within me.
I could list many influential individuals, but they all have one common denominator: they simply loved in their own unique way. They were weird. They went against the grain of the wood.
So our purpose? Be the weird you wish to see in the world. Be very weird.
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV)
The Greatest Commandment
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c]There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.