Our Purpose Defined

From time to time, we all experience the fear that we do not or can not know our life’s purpose. 

Our purpose has already been laid out for us, however. 

We have been told to love God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds, and to love each other as ourselves. 

But, as simple as this sounds, it is often quite difficult for us to accept. 

This simple purpose is difficult for us to accept because, in its perfect expression, we receive none of the credit for our actions. 

This purpose was not our idea. 

Nor will we receive any of the glory for fulfilling it. 

There is no egoistic satisfaction in loving God or our fellows and that makes it very difficult for us to fully process in our minds, embrace in our hearts, and manifest in our lives. 

No matter how humble we are, there is always some part of us that wants the credit for our good thoughts, words, and deeds. 

This is the part of us that we are attempting to transcend through our contemplative practices, but it will haunt us to some degree or another until the day we die. 

In spite of this, our job is to return to our purpose over and over again no matter how many times and in how many ways we stray away from it. 

This act of returning to love time and time again is the essence of what we call the spiritual path. 

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