pastor's article 05-26-24

“As I get older, I sometimes find it hard to know what my purpose in life is.”
The above statement rings true for 63% of 18- to 34-year-old respondents to a CVS Health and Harris Poll survey released during Suicide Prevention Month last September. It’s a heartbreaking window into the mental health of today’s young adults, considering more than a third of this age group also said they had moments in the past year when they contemplated suicide.
Why has this become such a struggle for people? That is the question that I think needs to be addressed. There are obvious reasons, such as the time people spend looking at the false narratives that others post about themselves on social media and then trying to measure up to something that isn’t even factual. Then there is the lie that is told by so many with good intentions but sometimes fatal consequences, “you can be anything you want to be, or do anything you try to do.” This lie is harmful only when a person believes it so much that he or she sets out to do or be something that they can’t. There is nothing more discouraging than failing at something you were told you could do - but were never equipped or created for. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,”  John 8:32.
The truth is that, “for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him,” Colossians 1:16. It is so important that each and every one of us understands our God-given purpose and His plans for our life. Our identity must be found in Christ and our life lived through His purpose and power. That is true success!
Rev. Wayne Marcus