Live Your Life with Purpose

“George Mueller, You’re My Hero”

One of my favorite movie lines is, “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.”  It rings in my head whenever I hear someone called a hero.  Fortunately, the world is full of real heroes and George Mueller is one of them.  Recently, I read his autobiography and I was impressed.  He is a new hero of mine.  This is why.

George had a specific purpose in life and lived it out well.  His purpose was to help orphans.  He cared for over ten thousand orphans during his lifetime.  He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000 children.  He founded and directed the Ashley Down Orphanage which began in 1836 with 30 orphan girls.  By 1870, there were 5 homes built with the ability to accommodate 2050 orphans.

The most remarkable miracle of George’s work is that everything was paid for by unsolicited donations.  George never asked anyone for money.  He simply trusted God to provide.  In his autobiography February 12, 1842, he wrote:  “A brother in the Lord came to me this morning and, after a few minutes of conversation gave me two thousand pounds for furnishing the new Orphan House … Now I am able to meet all of the expenses. In all probability I will even have several hundred pounds more than I need. The Lord not only gives as much as is absolutely necessary for his work, but he gives abundantly. This blessing filled me with inexplicable delight. He had given me the full answer to my thousands of prayers during the past 1,195 days.”

Mueller’s work continues today with a trust in his name.  His legacy lives on.  This all happened because George Mueller lived a life of purpose.  There is no reason why you cannot do the same.  We all have 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Time is not the problem, rather it is our priorities.

I remember when I began to ask this question to myself, “What is my purpose in life?”  I was in my early twenties and I accomplished a lot but still felt empty inside.  I felt something was missing.  It wasn’t money, a career or a significant other.  I had all those and yet still felt something missing.  So, I began my search.

I found my purpose in Miami, Florida of all places.  My search began back home by going to church where I met a really cool guy.  He was a sports psychologist and a speaker all over the country.  I envied his lifestyle.  He took me a long on one of his business trips to Miami.  While we hung out for a couple days, there was something emotional inside of me that was strange.  I was overwhelmed by the presence of God in my life.  The next morning as we prepared to leave for his speaking engagement, he prayed for us.  That is when I lost it.  Nobody besides my Mother ever prayed for me.  I knew for the very first time in my life that God was real and that He loved me.  I felt His love and I was a changed man.  I have never been the same.

God showed me through my friend that He had a plan for my life.  He had a purpose for me.  Since then, I daily discover that purpose as I get to know Him better through the Bible and by hanging out with other Christians.  I live out my purpose in the context of my relationships.  In the past 20 years, I have taught and coached hundreds of teenagers.  I have also pastored a church of really great people.  My goal is to inspire others to be better than when I first met them.  I love encouraging people to do great things.  I believe there is no greater joy than living a life of purpose.

How about you?  Have you found your life purpose?  Are you living it out?  Will you be the next George Mueller?

Take some time to really think about what matters the most in your life.  Write it out in one sentence.  That is your purpose statement.  Then, think about the important roles you play in life.  Determine what matters most as a parent, a spouse, an employee, etc.  Write down the main goal in each role.  Now frame it.  Keep looking at it.  Don’t let temptations or distractions get you off track from your mission.  Be wise with your time and priorities to stay focused on your purpose.  Recommit as often as necessary so that you can live your life with purpose.

Do you want people to just remember you as a good person or do you want people to say, “Wow, he or she lived with real purpose.  What an extraordinary example. I want to live my life like they did.”

Maybe you will be their hero.

That only happens when you live your life with purpose.

I hope this helps you and please add your comments below.

Muller, George, and Diana L Matisko. The Autobiography of George Muller / Edited By Diana L. Matisko. Springdale, Pa.: Whitaker Ho., 1984.