Why Am I Here?

I met a very interesting man once. He was introduced as a life coach. The minister introducing him said of this man that he had a very unique way of helping you find the answers already placed within you by God, simply by asking the right questions. I spoke to this man about the crossroads I had come to in my life. Unable to decide which way to go. I don’t remember all that we talked about, but I remember him asking me two questions that day that changed my life forever.

The first question: “What are you afraid of?” My answer: “Failure.”

The second question: “What would failure be to you?”

He asked me this question several times. I answered it several times but he just kept asking me, “What would failure be to you?”

And then the answer that was deepest within my heart finally came out. “Failure to me would be to not follow the Holy Ghost.”

In yesterday’s post I asked a question: “Why am I here?” As I write this, it is Sunday morning and in a few hours church congregations will be meeting all over this nation. Just as I mentioned yesterday about walking into that grocery store and asking, “Why am I here?” This morning as we walk into churches let’s ask ourselves, “Why are we here?”

Recently I was presented with the question of why I am at my current church. For the next few days, within my own heart, I answered that question several times, and several times I was presented with that question again and again. I was surprised by some of my initial answers. Many of them had to do with me and what the church could do for me. Then the answer that was deep within my heart finally came out. “I am here to love — to love God and to love people.”

It reminded me of a scripture from First Corinthians 13.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside… And so faith, hope, love abide… but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:11,13; Amplified)

I heard a minister once say in reference to this scripture that a child tries to manipulate people to get what he or she wants. However, a mature man manipulates himself to be what others need.

Why are we going to church today? To love God and to be loved by Him. To love people and to learn how to take His love to others.

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