Paddy Kelly grew up surrounded by music. The tenth child in an American family living in Ireland, he joined his older siblings’ band, the Kelly Family, at a young age. When he was fifteen, he wrote a song that propelled the family to stardom, and the group became a global sensation. With money and fame came great opportunities, such as singing in stadiums to 250,000 screaming fans.
In time, Paddy moved into a seventeenth-century castle. He traveled by private plane and helicopter. His family was near him in his pursuits, and he was never far from their love. Yet something strange happened. Paddy felt empty, lost. The higher he rose the lower he felt.
He asked himself a haunting question: “If all this doesn’t make me happy, then what is the sense of life. Why do I exist?” He eventually retired to a monastery in France seeking answers.
Joseph Schooling is one of the best swimmers in the world. His youthful face and friendly grin make him a crowd favorite — especially after he won Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in 2016. He’s one of a small group of people who breathe the rarified air of being the best in the world. But how does it feel to be a gold medalist? According to Schooling, there’s a “feeling of emptiness.” Schooling concedes he didn’t know how to respond to fame and pressure. “I should have taken more time away from the pool,” he said. “I had to change my mindset as I was no longer chasing, I was being chased. . . I needed to find my ‘why’ for what I was doing.”
Like Paddy Kelly and Joseph Schooling, millions of people are searching for the why of their existence. Maybe that includes you.
I encourage you to pursue your purpose. Your purpose is what gives your life both meaning and motivation. It’s the reason behind your behavior and decisions. It answers that nagging “Why?” question. Why am I pursuing this dream? Paddy Kelly knew the “what” of his life — singing. Joseph knew what of his life — swimming. But they couldn’t figure out the why. Was it for applause? Money? Achievement? Self-fulfillment? National pride?
Your vision keeps your hopes alive; it’s your dream of a better tomorrow. Your purpose gives you the strength to move forward even when times are tough. Purpose stabilizes your life. With a clear purpose, you persevere because you know there’s a reason, a cause.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, David Jeremiah