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A child was taken by her parents to the county fair. She tugged at her mother’s hand, pulling her to the merry-go-round. The ticket was purchased and the family stood in a long line with the child anxiously awaiting her ride. Mom placed her on a short, wooden Shetland pony and told her to hold on tight before she joined her husband behind a portable fence.
The little girl had a thrilling ride for the first couple of revolutions of the merry-go-round. She quickly got bored with just riding, so she jumped up and down on the small pony, much to her father’s concern. On the last revolution, she got off the pony and played with the dirt on the floor.
She got off of the merry-go-round at the same place as where she entered and complained that the ride was too short.
How many of us are like the little girl. We expect a thrilling ride, only to become bored. We try a few of our own tricks, attempting to make the ride more exciting. We get off at the same place where we got on, complaining that the ride was too short.
John the Baptist was Never Bored.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
Why am I here?
John the Baptist was united with God’s Light and Life. Thus, he knew the answer to why he was on planet earth. He knew he was sent by God with a clear purpose.
John knew his place. He accepted the role God gave him. He lived to be a witness to the greatest Being to walk the face of the earth, Jesus.
Jesus is the “true light.” He knows what is really real about life. He wants us to know that we, like John, are sent. We have a purpose in life that is not going round and round on a too short, boring ride.
Part of our purpose is to live in a friendship relationship with Jesus and to help other people do the same. Like John, all we have to do is to reflect the light and love of our Savior, Jesus.
Dear God, please help me to live out the purpose you have for me. May I live in a genuine friendship relationship with you and reflect your love and grace today.
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