Perhaps you have heard this story of a lighthouse. I know I am not the first to tell it. In fact I will share it here exactly as I found it…
-A lighthouse along a bleak coast was tended by a keeper who was given enough oil for one month and told to keep the light burning every night. One day a woman asked for oil so that her children could stay warm. Then a farmer came. His son needed oil for a lamp so he could read. Still another needed some for an engine. The keeper saw each as a worthy request and measured out just enough oil to satisfy all. Near the end of the month, the tank in the lighthouse ran dry. That night the beacon was dark and three ships crashed on the rocks. More than 100 lives were lost.
When a government official investigated, the man explained what he had done and why. “You were given one task alone,” insisted the official. “It was to keep the light burning. Everything else was secondary. There is no defense.” -source unknown
This story serves as a parable for all of us. It is vitally important that we understand what our purpose is. The scripture makes it plain. The purpose of man, in fact the purpose of all of creation, is to bring God glory.
Paul wrote that a desire to bring God glory should permeate our daily lives.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31
So, how does that apply to your life today?
It’s fairly simple. Let everything you do be done for the purpose of bringing God glory.
Let the time on your job be spent as if you are working for God. When you speak with your kids, do so in a manner that brings God glory. When you disagree with your spouse, find a way to navigate the conversation while pleasing, and bringing glory to, God.
Today, let every decision you make be made in a way that glorifies your Creator.
That’s quite a challenge, but it will make for quite a day.