“If you have a pulse, you have a purpose” is one of my favorite quotes by Paul Newman, the actor who impacted the world through his acting career and entrepreneurial enterprises.
His quote reminds me of a story from my book, “When Youth Fades.” At eighty-one-years-old, Rose, the main character in the story stood out among the students in her class. Her stooped shoulders and gray hair couldn’t be overlooked as she mingled with college freshmen.
She jokingly replied when asked about her reason for being there, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids.” Eventually, she revealed her real purpose for being there…to accomplish what she had started many years ago.
Newman and Rose aren’t the only ones to focus on what Rick Warren, author and pastor, called “the purpose driven life.” The Bible also challenges us to find and fulfill our purpose, even if we’re performing in life’s third act. Ecclesiastes 9:10 speaks clearly to us:
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go.”
So the question is, what are you doing with your life? Now. Before the final curtain call, and while you have a pulse, ask God to give you a purpose for living. Is it to fulfill a long-held dream, or to dream of fulfilling a new goal? Your hair may be white as snow and your steps somewhat slow, but you can still have a purpose.
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” (Psalm 20:4 NIV)