This is the sixth in a series of excerpts from Suggestions from a Searcher.
II. The Big Picture — Start With Who You Are!
— Then Visualize Where You Are Going.
Every person was created by God as a unique individual with special talents, interests, and opportunities. Therefore, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all set of goals or daily routine. In order to make the most of your life, it is helpful (even necessary) to recognize who you really are. The following exercises are intended to help you understand yourselves better by following a step-by-step learning process. Actually, I suspect that much of what you will get out of this will not so much be new knowledge as it will be a reminder of truths you will recognize yet, perhaps, view from a new perspective.
A. Purpose in life — Whose are you?
A person’s worldview is influenced by various life experiences such as childhood training and anything else that affects how we come to see ourselves. Many people flounder and do not know what to believe. Consequently, they do not know where they are going. You all, to whom I am writing, have been blessed with opportunities to come to a personal faith in God. You have already expressed your belief in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, and in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. This book is premised on the Christian faith we share. Because of your belief in the triune God, you want to live as a child of God, which you already are. God made you to have a personal relationship with Him. That is knowledge which requires faith to accept. You get your identity from the truth that you are a child of the only God and that He loves you.