Thinking about Smitty and purpose


In an odd turn of events, I found myself singing Michael W Smith’s song “Place in This World” tonight. It was odd because I haven’t thought about that song in easily over 10 years, and yet I was confident that I sang it word for word. What’s even odder than that is that I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m not too proud to admit that I was a huge fan of Smitty back in the day. Heck I’d still turn it up if I heard one of his songs right now.

So out of nowhere, these words started going through my head tonight.

“The wind is moving
But I am standing still
A life of pages
Waiting to be filled

A heart that’s hopeful
A head that’s full of dreams
But this becoming
Is harder than it seems”

Once again I found myself thinking about how very fortunate I am to know that I live a life of purpose. That in the difficulty of the steps that it takes to get certain places, I know that taking steps leads me to and through those things that have been laid out before me. That just as Jesus’ disciples, I’ve been given this promise from John 15:16

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”

Since I have this promise I have the opportunity to live out His follow up statement in verse 17.

“This I command you, that you love one another.”

I may feel sometimes that I’m “Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world.”
I may feel at times that there’s “Not a lot to lean on,” but I have no doubt in the promise and the purpose; that out of the many, He most certainly does still hear me.

If you are looking for a purpose, if you’re looking for a fulfillment, I would suggest heading Jesus’ greatest and then second greatest commandments.

” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR G OD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37-39‬ NASB)

If you can focus on loving Him and then loving others, you will quickly find yourself standing in your “place in this world.”

2 Responses to “Thinking about Smitty and purpose”

  1. There he is in all his glory, looking like a straight George Michael. 🙂 I remember the first time I heard a song from that album when we were on a trip and it was late at night (it was “for you” by the way). It kind of arrested my attention even though I didn’t find out who it was until much later. No google back then! Sorry, trip down memory lane.

    I am thankful for purpose too. 🙂 Thanks Philip.
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    • philip says:

      Sittin in the rain water on your brain….. I’m pretty sure I could sing that entire song as well. Thanks Jason!