Does Someone Need a Caddie?
Rannulph Junuh was talking to his caddie when he said, “I can’t…." Bagger Vance replied, "Yes
you can... but you ain't alone...I'm right here with ya... I've been here all along...Now play the game...Your game...The one that only you was meant to play...The one that was given to you when you come into this world..." This quote is from the movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance." I’m not a movie buff, but I am a word girl. These powerful words came from a caddie who was talking to his player whose golf bags and clubs he was carrying. The meaning for the word caddie is the person who carries a player's bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support. A good caddy is aware of the challenges and obstacles of the golf course being played, along with the best strategy in playing it. Is anybody out there going with me on this one?
How powerful are these words, especially from a Christian Perspective. How many times have we asked ourselves, “Am I living in my purpose, the purpose that was only given to me from God himself? Am I using my God given gift or talents to help someone on this earth? What is our purpose and how do we live in it?
Most of us are deeply concerned with living meaningful, purposeful lives, and we spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out if we are accomplishing our goal. The meaning of purpose
is "the reason for which something exists or is done." Which simply means that we exist for a reason. How do we show the world the Christ in us? When Jesus walked the earth, He blew up everyone’s paradigm on what it means to live a purposeful life. We all have been given specific gifts to help lead us into a more purposeful life. When we live out God’s mission and not our own, we will begin to live in our purpose. When we are walking in the Spirit we are living in our purpose. When we commit to a relationship with Jesus and realize that this is a lifelong commitment of speaking, acting, thinking and relating to the world just as He did, we are living in our purpose!
And if I we are fortunate enough to have found our path and are living in our purpose, enjoying the excitement of being in a transforming relationship with Jesus, is there someone we know who needs a Christian Caddie? We are not alone in this thing: insightful advice and moral support is always warranted and needed. Sharing with someone the challenges and obstacles of the course can always be helpful to the next Christian. We are meant to be built up together, to be united in harmony to do some good for the Glory of God, to be of one mind and one mouth to Glorify God. Romans 15:1-2 says, “1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Ephesians 4:10-12 says, "He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ."
Living in our purpose takes courage and faith, what a wonderful thing when the Holy Spirit helps
us develop our God given talents to the level of being useful to bless the lives of others. Your talents can be a testimony that Jesus is the Christ. We are to use the gifts that have been bestowed upon us to do some good, to bless the lives of others by influencing them with charity and love, joy and longsuffering, and with service and inspirational experiences. We can all do more, be more. Together we can help build up one another in the Body of Christ. Let our light shine, that others may see our good works and glorify the Father in Heaven, as Jesus taught. By not living in our purpose could we be postponing the miraculous transformation of our walk and our talk in becoming more like Jesus? How are you living your life on this earth? Are you, on purpose, living your life with what you have been purposely given to complete your divine task?