Your Life Purpose Legacy
The Metamorphyx Journey
“I like it,” said Bob as he absorbed the message I dangled in front of him while enjoying a sushi lunch. “Have you ever thought about developing those ideas into a blog or a book?”
“I have,” I said as I ditched my useless chopsticks for a fork. I’m fleshing it out as we speak. It’s all about how life experience, life change, and life purpose penetrated the life of a pugnacious lad from Long Island who found his way into Annapolis, the US Marine Corps, the despair of divorce, the death of a precious young daughter, and a ministry calling in Africa, just to name a few pivot points on the journey. The book tells the story of how all those dots in life connect. It’s about my fight to learn from life experience and discover meaningful life purpose in my future.
The message of Metamorphyx centers on one of life’s most perplexing questions: “How does one embrace life experience and life change . . . and fulfill life purpose with all the confounding mysteries, tragedies, and challenges that make up the journey?
That baffling question opens the door to many others. What does it mean to “embrace” life experience? Where’s the mandate for life change? Can’t we ignore it? What exactly is life purpose anyway, and who defines it? Do we each have a unique life purpose or calling? If so, how do we discover what it is? When does life purpose kick in? Is it a mysterious and predestined focus that only blooms in one stage of life? Does it require spiritual awareness? Does God “appoint” things in my life . . . and if so, what does he expect from me?
A life learner is a person who uses life experience and trials as teaching tools. For that man or woman, life experience is the pathway to redemptive life change and life purpose. If your life-learning aspirations are lukewarm, I fear you may be on a collision course with the status quo of life . . . and an unfulfilling legacy.
The Metamorphyx journey will take you into the storms of life experience and challenge you with life-change decisions. Says Oswald Chambers in his devotional classic My Utmost for His Highest, “It is a dangerous thing to refuse to continue learning and knowing more. If you don’t cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will use a storm to sever them and send you out to sea. Put everything in your life on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes [and mind] will be opened.”
Romans 12:2 tells us we can become something we’re not, something new we were divinely created to be. The apostle Paul preached that principle to Timothy, his younger ministry pal. He called it training in the “battle of life” (1 Tim. 1:18), and he encouraged Timothy to help others avoid a “shipwreck of their faith” (1 Tim. 1:19) on life’s journey. The apostle Paul was no dummy. He knew the battle of life and a shipwreck of faith were two different things. The battle of life ensues every day within the patterns of the world. If you live on planet Earth, well . . . you’re in the battle! A shipwreck of faith, however, is another kettle of fish. It leads to a cynical view of God and a victim mentality.
The Metamorphyx journey will help equip you for the battle of life and keep you off the shoals of unfulfilled life purpose. John Piper, noted author, theologian, pastor, and teacher has this warning for us in Don’t Waste Your Life. “It’s easy to slip through life without taking any risks—without making your life count. But life ought not be wasted. You don’t need to know a lot of things to make a lasting difference in the world, but you do have to know the few, great, unchanging and glorious things that matter . . . and be willing to live and die for them.”
Make that a commitment on your personal Metamorphyx journey.