The new year is finally here and the celebrations are all done. After more than 200,000 years of the existence of human beings, according to universetoday.com, this leaves you and me with our short life span of one to 90 years or so. The Book of James 4:14 describes our short lives this way: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Vanishes? Have YOU found YOUR purpose? Ephesians 2:10 says this about our purpose: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Let’s just take a moment to review a part of the lyrics from the song, “Man in the Mirror.” It says, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror/I’m asking him to change his ways/And no message could have been any clearer/If you want to make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
New Year’s is a time of self-reflection; when we set out to make that change. We vow to lose weight, we plan to marry, get divorced, move to better homes, seek new directions, decide to become vegan, so much more.
First place to look, though, is in the mirror. Take a look at yourself and evaluate whether you are doing what you were sent here to do. Have you gotten the same message year after year, but you have ignored that small voice, because what it is saying into your spirit seems too huge for you to comprehend?
While enjoying family in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix, I have enjoyed several Netflix documentaries. “Quincy,” the story of the life of Quincy Jones, was epic! Even with his humble beginnings on the South Side of Chicago, a mother who was committed to a mental institution when he was only 7 years old, there was one aspect that really stood out: Jones said his grandmother would cook whatever she could — collard greens, possums, rats! It was back in 1939, but rats, of all things — what a shocker! Unheard of! But Quincy said his grandmother did it!
Jones said that when he was a young teenager, he broke into a commissary for food. While he was inside, he saw an old-fashioned, upright piano. The trajectory of his life changed at that moment. Rather than continuing with gang life, which is what all the kids in his world did, Jones followed the voice inside of his head. And look how his life has turned out!
Why do you think his life has been so rewarding? He has lived his life on purpose, writing music, performing, using the talents God sent him to earth with. We really don’t know what will happen in our lives, but the Holy Spirit does know — just follow that lead!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.