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Human beings are not the only species in God's creation that are born with a purpose to fulfill. Everything God has ever made was created with a specific design and function in mind.

A Natural Purpose
For instance, several years ago, the wolf population was growing too fast in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The governmental agency in charge decided that the rapid population growth of these wolves had to be stopped.

To solve the problem, wolves were captured and transported to other parts of the nation. Some wolves were shot and killed.

Soon the wolf population was greatly reduced. People sang the praises of this wolf management program. The move to regulate the numbers of wolves in Yellowstone Park was hailed a "success."

But after a few years, the deer population grew to be so enormous that it became a danger to vehicles and drivers. Deer even roamed the streets and sidewalks of Yellowstone Park. They also infiltrated the nearby local farmlands, where they trampled and ate the farmers' crops. They even wandered into people's yards. Deer were everywhere!

Suddenly, everyone began to verbally assault the governmental agency responsible for killing or transferring most of the Yellowstone wolves. If the agency hadn't transported or killed so many wolves, the deer population would never have gotten so out of hand.

Without the wolves, the balance of nature had gotten out of order. In the end, governmental officials decided that wolves had to be brought back to Yellowstone in order to restore balance to the animal kingdom of that region.

The point I'm making is that even wolves have a very important purpose.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Everything has a purpose, or it wouldn't be here on this earth.

When you study the animal and plant life on planet earth, it quickly becomes obvious that God made everything with a purpose. In fact, although it may sound ludicrous, even mice, snakes, and insects have a purpose in nature that's very important. Remove them, and the whole ecological system would go out of balance.

Trees and plants also have a strategic part in the earth's ecosystem. Those green leaves are God's filtration system to cleanse the air so we won't suffocate to death! Yes, even leaves have a purpose!

Seas, lakes, rivers, and creeks have a purpose as well. They carry vital water and nutrients that nourish the earth. When rivers overflow and flood, we look at it as a tragedy. But even those overflowing waters have an important purpose. They carry fresh, precious minerals that renourish the land so it can keep producing crops.

The clouds in the sky overhead also have a very important purpose. They store moisture that later descends as rain upon the earth. They also block out dangerous ultraviolet rays of sunlight that would damage our sensitive human skin and burn up all the earth's vegetation. Clouds are not just pretty puffs of white to decorate the sky. They have a purpose!

You Have a Special Purpose
You are under heaven as well; therefore, you have a special purpose too! Everything God made was created with a special design and function. If this is true of the animal and plant kingdoms, then how much more true is it that you have a special purpose in this world?

You were not born simply to occupy space—to eat food, go to the bathroom, sleep, and get up the next morning to start the same dull, boring routine all over again. No! There is a reason you are here on this earth. You have a God-assigned, God-given purpose.

Remember, Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." According to this verse, if you are "under the heaven," then you have a "purpose"! You are not here by accident! There is a great Designer who planned every detail of who you are and the glorious plan you are to fulfill!

When a person never locks into his God-given purpose or assignment in life, he wanders aimlessly from one thing to the next. This is the reason unbelievers drink, use drugs, and frequently go from one relationship to another. They are trying to fill that hole they feel deep inside.

This is also why believers aren't satisfied with their marriages and constantly trade jobs. They are seeking to fill a hole that can only be filled by knowing they are doing what God wants them to do.

Money cannot fill that hole. Relationships cannot fill that hole. Jobs cannot fill that hole. That hole is only filled when you step into God's will and have the satisfaction of knowing you're right smack dab in the middle of His plan for your life.

I guarantee you that if you're trying to fill that hole with your marriage, you will be constantly dissatisfied with that relationship. If you're trying to fill that hole with money, your riches will never satisfy you, no matter how much money you accumulate.

In fact, if you are struggling in any area of your life—your identity, your job, your marriage, or your finances—and it seems that nothing ever satisfies you, perhaps you need to ask a deeper question. Are you doing what God wants you to do? Only you can answer that question.

So seek Him and find out what His will is for your life...and then do it. You won't be happy doing anything else.

Copyright © Rick Renner Ministries
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Rick Renner
Web site: Rick Renner Ministries
Rick and Denise met while they were each on an individual quest to wholeheartedly follow God’s plan for their lives. Rick was a college student, growing in his teaching ministry. Denise was a talented vocalist. She chose not to pursue a course that held the prospect of performing with the Metropolitan Opera so that she could instead pursue a relationship with Rick and fulfill her heart’s desire to enter full-time ministry.

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