I’m Tired

The following is a scene from the movie ‘Green Mile’ which I found to be one of the most moving ever filmed:

Probably the richest, wisest, most indulging individual who ever lived, King Solomon, said this:

These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. “Everything is meaningless (vanity),” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now. (Ecclesiastes 1:1‭-‬11 NLT)

Sounds like Solomon, who experienced the best this world had to offer, was tired with it. So let’s piece together what we know from Scripture. We know every single person on this earth was created with a purpose:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:13-16 NLT)

We also know that we can accomplish our purpose in life through Jesus Christ:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

So what do we do when we get to the point in our life when we get weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9) and look at things as meaningless? The Apostle Paul gives us a clue to remind us that we must pull ourselves out of the rut:

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16‭-‬18 NLT)

When we are completely aligned with the purpose God has for us in life, nothing can stop us. That is what the 91st Psalm is all about:

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. (Psalms 91:2‭-‬7 NLT)

We don’t ever want to stop short or veer away from fulfilling the purpose of what God has for us in life. It is a tragic thing:

When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich. (Luke 18:22‭-‬23 NLT)

On the other hand, there is a time when our purpose has been fulfilled and we have been faithful. That is why I like the video I shared at the beginning of this article, even though it is Hollywood. Let’s go to real life. The Apostle Paul had come through unbelievable hardships with flying colors (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). He knew he was at the end of God’s purpose for his life so he wrote about it in total peace and confidence:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7‭-‬8 NLT)

So where are you in fulfilling the purpose God has for you in life? Have you veered off from it. Have you stopped short? Or maybe you never pursued it at all! Maybe you never even thought about it! As long as you still have breath, it is not too late to seek it and pursue it!

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