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Life on Purpose [Open Letter Third Place]

Editor’s Note: This post is written by Katie Kiesler, who won third place in the Open Letter Challenge writing contest. The following letter is a response to An Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World. You can connect with Katie on twitter (@katiesjournal) or read the original post on her blog.

Photo Credit Matt (Creative Commons)

Photo Credit Matt (Creative Commons)

Dear World,

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like life is one long email – or like I’m living from email to email. I’m not saying this is a bad thing because honestly, what else would I do obsessively every ten minutes other than check my inbox? The thrill of getting an email is gratifying. When no one has emailed me for 30 minutes, I’m like – dang, buzz kill. At the same time, I get super burnt out on electronic communication. Email is like a baby – it needs a lot of time and attention. Or maybe it’s more like alcohol – fine in moderation, but it will leave you with a swirling headache if you don’t keep your consumption in check.

This world is full of things that try to consume us. It’s easy to get lost in emails and day-to-day tasks, but we were made for so much more. Not saying we should excuse ourselves from those day-to-day tasks, but instead, I’m learning we need to infuse those day-to-day tasks with meaning– that’s what we were made for: life on purpose. In the process of daily living, tedious tasks are meaningful only when they are a means to love those we come into contact with—rather than using the people we come to contact with as a means to our own personal gain.

Forgive me, I’m being my super wordy self. What I’m trying to say is –

My natural inclination is to focus on my own preservation and elevation – I want to be the highest bidder who comes away with the best deal and the finest work, but thank the Lord He saved my soul from being sold out to temporary satisfactions like gaining things and flashy tidings from fancy people who couldn’t care less about anyone other than self. That should be me, and that might be you – but Jesus saved us so that we could leave a legacy of love and sign His name on our grave, forever enjoying Heaven up above. While we’re here on earth living out the dash, I want to live out my day-to-day tasks on purpose, because He’s preserved us for a holy calling, and a righteous commitment, may we not forget it. There is a mission that He wants you to accomplish. Don’t simply take my word for it: grab the Book to get to know the Artist.

The greatest thing that God has taught me lately is that there are going to be deterrents and currents pulling you away from your purpose. These distractions come in all shapes and sizes – in boxes and the faces of a particular book. You will experience trials and set backs, lack of likes and followers, loss of loved ones and unfilled expectations. Demands will be made of you, disappointments will take a toll on you. But never forget: When everything feels like it’s falling to pieces, the pieces might actually just be falling into place. (tweet that?)

Keep looking up.

Sincerely,
Katie Kiesler

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  • I love this. I’ve been letting myself get pulled away from doing important things lately and really appreciate the reminder to live with purpose!