Why Are We Here?

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Why are we here

To fall asleep at night, I watch old recordings of M*A*S*H. The hypnotic repetition of reruns sucks the day’s garbage out my head and helps me fall asleep. I know. I’ve said it before. I’m weird!

However, I’ve culled many an insight from these old episodes. For instance, I watched an episode the other night involving Father Mulcahy as he tries to prepare the camp for a special visit by a revered cardinal. Excited to have him visit, Father wants the camp to shape up.

Getting antsy about the way everyone is behaving, he takes it as an affront that no one will listen to him. He wants everything to be perfect. He wants to receive a pat on the back and an atta-boy for a job well done.

Unfortunately, he gets sidetracked from his sermon prep as he talks all night with a patient who has just received a diagnosis of leukemia.

Klinger comes looking for Father Mulcahy to tell him everyone is waiting for his sermon, which the Father has totally forgotten.

As he stands before the unit in the mess tent, all eyes are on the Father as he begins to explain why he is not prepared and not even dressed properly, as he is still in his bathrobe.

Visibly upset, in anguish, and almost in tears at his selfishness of wanting approval, he says emphatically, “God didn’t put us here for that pat on the back. He created us so He could be here Himself, so that He could exist in the lives of those He created, in His image.”

And that, my friend, is why you are here. Why I am here. Why we are all here!

We are not here for that pat on the back. We are here for God to dwell within us…

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16 NKJV)

…to have fellowship with us…

Count on this: God is faithful and in His faithfulness called you out into an intimate relationship with His Son, our Lord Jesus the Anointed.” (1 Cor. 1:9 VOICE)

…to live out our lives in service to others…

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:15-17 NIV)

…so God could work through us.
“Now may the God of peace…make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Heb. 13:20a, 21 NKJV)

Charles Spurgeon said…

We are here as the “salt of the earth,” to be a blessing to the world.
We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life.
We are here as workers for him, and as “workers together with him.”

And Paul admonishes us…

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” (1 Peter 3:8-10 NLT)

My prayer for us all is Spurgeon’s words…

“Let us see that our life fulfills its goal. Let us live earnest,
useful, holy lives, to the praise of the glory of his grace!”

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  1. says

    This is a wonderful, powerful post, Lynn.

    Sometimes it takes a lifetime to “get over” ourselves. It has only been in the last few years that I understood that God had me on His writing team, not necessarily to write books that had MY name on the cover but maybe also or more importantly to help other people write books that had His name on the inside.

    • lynnmosher says

      Oh, my! I so appreciate that, Carol! I think it sometimes slips our minds whose name we are writing under and for. Thank you, dear one!

  2. says

    Ahh, the wisdom of Mash. One of my favorite shows too and this lesson is such a great reminder. Thanks for sharing. Here is a fun piece of trivia for you – my hubby loved Mash so much he wanted the theme song played at our wedding. lol. The minister said no. But God does smile. AT my daughter’s wedding, our friend the organist who knew the story slipped it into the postlude as the guests were being dismissed. Brought a smile to everyone’s face. Great memories.

    • lynnmosher says

      LOL Oh, Jean, that’s such a great giggle! I’m so glad you shared that. I love it! Thanks so much!

  3. Mary Gemmill says

    Lynn the wisdom that flows from your fingertips flows from a beautiful heart- I so appreciate you and your gift for expressing the deep truths in words I can understand and appreciate.

    Loved MASH too- and Jean’s comment above- lol.

    God Bless you special lady- I appreciate your ministry in my life deeply.



    • lynnmosher says

      Mary-Mary! You are sooooooo good for my ol’ heart! You always bless me with your kind words. Thank you, sweet one! Love you!

  4. says

    Lynn, I always appreciate your writing but this one truly resonated with me because hubby LOVES M*A*S*H so we watch it often. I know exactly the episode you spoke of here, and the M*A*S*H writers definitely got this one right! Thank you for bringing this to life for us with these wonderful Scripture passages and the Spurgeon quote and prayer.

    <3 you!

    • lynnmosher says

      Aww, thanks so much, dear Anna! Yeah, they got that one right, didn’t they? So glad you stopped by. Saying a prayer for you! Love you!

  5. says

    It seems that I must remind myself so often that I am here to glorify God, and to represent Him to the world. That pesky sinful nature is always rearing its “look at me!” head! Oh, may I not be distracted from the true purposes God has planned for me, and may I only look to the Audience of One.


    • lynnmosher says

      {sigh} You are so right, Sharon! That pesky side of us is always there, isn’t it? It takes practice, practice, practice. And a lifetime of practice to remind ourselves that life is all about God’s purposes. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your taking time to read this and leave a comment. Blessings to you!

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