What is your raison d’être?
In French, raison d’être literally means reason for being. The most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence.
“Someone’s raison d’être is the most important thing to them: Michael Jordan’s raison d’être was basketball. Beethoven’s raison d’être was music. A raison d’être motivates a person; it’s their purpose. Taking care of your family could be your raison d’être, and so could your career. Raison d’être is a strong term for something that gives a person’s life meaning.” (Vocabulary.com)
So, what is your purpose?
What motivates you?
What’s your reason for living?
What gives your life meaning?
So many things we could list:
*school; job; awards
*success: whether for power, social, or financial
*personal gain and satisfaction
I wrote a post five years ago entitled Why Are We Here? It was culled from M*A*S*H and Father Mulcahy.
In a nutshell, Father Mulcahy was trying to prepare a special sermon for the visit of a revered cardinal and to get everyone in the camp to shape up and be a good reflection on the Father.
He wanted perfection. But everyone was behaving badly. He wanted 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 in well pleasing His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Heb. 13:20a, 21 NKJV) ” *
God put us here for a reason.
What is your raison d’être? Do you live by your raison or God’s raison?
May all your raisons for living be centered in Christ and be for the glory of God…Lynn