A Higher Purpose

February 21, 2013

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A Higher Purpose

Something hit me very strong this morning on my bike ride. One fundamental need for all humans is to be heard and understood. If I understood that what I’m going through is for my good and for some higher purpose I’m Ok with it.

No one wants to suffer just to suffer. Maybe it’s for my kids in the future. It may be for my wife. Maybe it’s for my brother. Maybe it’s for me. Who knows? HF (Heavenly Father) is the only one that knows.

It’s kind of like a person that runs for exercise. It’s painful to get up in the morning when everyone else is sleeping. Your heart rate increases. You sweat. Your legs get sore and ache.

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What’s the point of running if there is no benefit or pay off? Why would I want to be in pain and discomfort just for the sake of it. There would be absolutely no point to it.

Now when I’m able to see the benefits of running every morning than I’m able to go through the pain because of the payoff. Because of the higher purpose in the pain I’m able to handle it. I’m able to go through it.

Running for 2

No one would ever run just for the pain and discomfort. They run for a higher purpose. A higher goal. A greater meaning then just running.

A few years ago I knew this lady that was a professional piano player. Everyone would comment on how well she could play. Many would say.

“Gosh I wish I could play the piano as well as you.”

She would smile but deep down she knew the real answer to the comment that she later shared. If you truly wanted to play the piano as well as me you could. You just have chosen not to.

Piano

If you would have practiced as many hours as I have practiced. Studied as long as I’ve studied. You would play as well me. You just have chosen not to.

Hiedi and I are limited by our own experiences. How great would it be if everyone was honest and conveyed in a simple way the experiences they’ve had and what they’ve learned.

A place not limited by religion, background, race or education. What if there was someone in the world experiencing things that you have gone through.

That somehow we could help them avoid some things we’ve learned because we went through the same thing.

What’s the one asset that everyone has that no one else has? Themselves. There own experiences and background. There’s not a human being that is exactly the same just like a snow flake or a finger print.

I’m not talking about flinging mud by just complaining about all our problems or how someone did us wrong. I’m talking about a different level of understanding. Tell your story and let others draw their own conclusion.

I’m not telling the world what they should or shouldn’t do. This is just my experiences. This is what I’ve learned. This is what I would have changed.

My Purpose

Now forget about the money for a moment and just think about this project as though money was not an object. If all your financial needs were taken care of. What would you do with your life beyond just playing?

What is Gods purpose? He has everything at his finger tips and could do whatever he wants. So what does he do? What makes him happy? What is his purpose?

“To bring to past the immortality and eternal life of man”.

His purpose is the help us become our best self and the true happiness that he is.

When does a tree die? When it stops producing seeds and other trees just like itself.

When does a tree Die?

So back to the question. What is your higher purpose beyond just surviving and providing for your family?

What do you do after you’ve done this? Then what?

I think the people who are the happiest are the ones that help others get where there at not those that have the most stuff. I don’t care who you are, who you know or what religion. When you die. There won’t be a u-haul attached to your grave.

Uhaul and hurst

We leave this earth as naked as we came here. All of those material things we acquired remain here on earth. This is a FACT!

So what would give you the greatest Joy and happiness when you leave this earth? What would make the sting of death less? I think letting others know what I’ve personally experienced and learned to help them rise to a greater more happy level than me.

That’s my only desire for my children. For them to become better and more happy than I was in life not based on any kind of circumstance. A higher purpose rather than just surviving.

In the book Man Search for Meaning. Dr Viktor Frankl gives an example in his own words:

Viktor Frankl happy

An elderly Doctor consulted with me because of his sever depression. He could not over come the loss of his wife who had died 2 years before and whom he had loved above all else.

Now how could I help him? What should I tell him?

I refrained from telling him anything but instead confronted him with a question. What would have happened Doctor if you had died first and your wife would have had to survive you?

Oh he said. For her this would have been terrible. How she would have suffered.

Then I replied. You see Doctor such a suffering has been spared her and it was you who spared her this suffering. To be sure at the price that now you have to survive and mourn her.

The Doctor said no word but shook my hand and calmly left my office.

In some way suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning such as a meaning of a sacrifice.

This was no therapy because his despair was no disease and second I could not change his fate. I could not revive his wife.

But in that moment I did succeed in changing his attitude towards his unalterable fate in as much as from that time on he could at least see a meaning in his suffering.

Man’s main concern isn’t to gain pleasure or avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.

That is why man is even ready to suffer on the condition to be sure that his suffering has a meaning.

 

All the Best!

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