Yesterday, I talked to a Grief Counselor at my church. I wanted to check in and make sure my children and I are handling the loss of parents in a healthy way. I have never talked to a counselor before, except when I was at my university looking for an internship. I feel so encouraged. The conversation lifted me up.
She said that we all have an eternal purpose. Even Adam and Eve had a purpose. They were supposed to tend to the Garden of Eden.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
— Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)
Each one of us has a purpose. God intentionally made each one of us. We are valued and treasured by our heavenly father. God knew us, not only before we were born, God knew us before conception.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”
–Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
I mentioned to the counselor that I would read the scripture verses from Paul, when my mom was undergoing radiation treatments. The verses said Paul would rather be in heaven, but people still needed him on earth. She said that we all have a purpose, until God takes us to heaven.
For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
–Philippians 1:23-24 (NKJV)
Each morning when you wake up, remember that you have a purpose here on earth. God gave each of us talents and skills that God wants us to use for his glory. We each also have an eternal purpose that will be used in heaven. We are all wanted and loved. God has a reason for each of us to be here on earth, until he calls us home.
To quote the song Nobody, by Casting Crowns:
“Well, the moral of the story is
Everybody’s got a purpose”
Nobody by Casting Crowns