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What is the purpose of life?  It’s a question many contemplate, some offer answers and many avoid – too afraid of what the answer might be, or afraid of the lack of answer.

Is happiness the purpose of life?  I don’t think so.  Happiness is a fleeting emotion that comes and goes.  It seems like purpose would be involved something more long-term.

Is power the purpose of life?  I don’t think so, although we certainly see plenty of people seeking it, thinking that it will give them everything they need.

Is the pursuit of money the purpose of life?  I don’t think so.  I have read about too many people who sought money and once they obtained it were more miserable than when they lacked money.

Is sex the purpose of life?  I don’t think so.

Is working the purpose of life?  Really?  You even have to ask?

What is the purpose of life?  Family?  Pleasure?  Relaxation?  Sport?  Health?  Entertainment?  What?

People seek out so many things that they think are the purpose of life – as if the purpose of life were some kind of object or destination.

I believe that the purpose of life is the pursuit of life – it’s the process by which we live.  It’s what guides us each day – not to obtain anything or get anywhere, but to live our life to its fullest – to be fully oneself, unlike anyone else.  This will be different for each person because we have been given different gifts and talents by God.  We are stewards of these gifts and we are called on to use them in life to their fullest.  I think God gives us these things and watches and urges us in directions and is full of joy to see what we make of these gifts in our own creative ways.  This is one way of looking at it – certainly not the only way.  Maybe not even the best way, but its one way.

How would you answer the question – what is the purpose of life?