Have you ever lost a child? One of my children once wandered away from me in a Walmart and I was ready to bar every exit and search the whole store. She was quickly found by an employee who paged the parents of a little girl wearing a blue corduroy jumper… she was too frightened to even tell them her name because they were strangers. I have never been so relieved in my life as I was when we were reunited with her. I shook. I cried. I asked her why she walked away. Not knowing where my child was—was the worst feeling of my life. Everything stopped for me to look for her.
Speaking of LOST!?! Jesus said a shepherd had 100 sheep and one wandered away. The shepherd will leave the 99 who are safe to go in search of the 1 who is lost. And if he finds it? “he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away!” It is not God’s will that any should perish.
So many precious people in Christian circles today are asking, “What is my purpose?”
We’re trying to figure out what our spiritual gifts are, taking personality tests, and wondering about where our place is supposed to be. There’s a temptation to look at someone else who has their act together and wish that was our plan…
I once heard a speaker say that our Purpose is where our Passion meets the world’s NEED.
I’m going to share with you what God told me… He said, “Put some pleasure in the pudding.”
What does that mean?
Have you ever made pudding from scratch? The ingredients have to be added in just the right order for the pudding to turn out. The pudding is about putting our priorities in order.
And the pleasure? Well the pleasure is enjoying our lot in life. Ecclesiastes tells us all about that: Take pleasure in who God has made you to be and where He has placed you in this world. Don’t over-complicate things.
“Give thanks for the 99 who are safely in His hands,” the Holy Spirit prompts, “but for the ONE who is in YOUR path, be content.” Don’t long for something else. Don’t be in danger of missing it… using the passions God has given you in order to meet the world’s need.
God’s love is never reckless, as the song implies, but it is always relentless. God wants us to get our priorities in order, to love Him first of all and make what He cares for to be what we care for; be content and enjoy the moments because every one of them is a gift to us and to the ONE we are positioned by God for Him to rescue.
And remember to put some pleasure in the pudding.