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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Random Living

Yesterday I had the opportunity to judge FCCLA Star Events. I enjoyed listening to several young junior high students give their illustrated talks about many different subjects. One young lady did a talk about the use of slang. It was interesting and made the other two judges and I think about the words we use ourselves. The girl pointed out the differences in the use of slang throughout the generations.

I'm not sure this word is considered slang, but I do believe it's use has increased dramatically over the last few years. The word is RANDOM. If you see pictures on Facebook, the albums are often titled as "Random" or "Randomness". Blogs feature a weekly post that can be found in the "Random" category. My son will hear one of us say something and comment, "That was random!" What it means (in "my" language interpretation, anyway) is "That was "out-of-the-blue"!

Every day, most likely, we will all most likely have a "random" thought or a "random" action. It's something we do "out-of-the-blue" or as a "spur-of-the-moment" thing. That makes life more spontaneous - more interesting. And while randomness in that sense is fun and exciting, our lives must not be lived in totally random fashion. No. Our lives must be lived with a certain purpose in mind.

God created us for a purpose. He created us for more than just living our lives randomly and according to our wants and desires.He created us for His purpose. We are His.

"Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:3

Jesus came to this earth with a certain purpose.  He was sent by God to do His Will.

"...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
Jesus's purpose was to do His Father's will.  As Christians and followers of Jesus, we do must do our Heavenly Father's Will.  And what is that?

1.  Serve Others
2.  Give Our Lives for Others (Not that we must die, but that we must devote ourselves to helping others.)
3.  Save the Lost

Random pictures, posts, and thoughts are fun and spontaneous.  But, let's remember to live our lives with a PURPOSE and not just randomly.  Let's remember WHOSE we are and WHO we are following and WHAT our purpose is as we live out our lives here on this earth.

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