The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 (ESV)
What is your aim in life? What is the charge that guides and directs your life? That is an interesting question. It sounds almost like a trick question. Maybe, trick question, is not the word I am looking for. I suppose that you don’t ask trick questions. I do not. Is it a question that is testing what is in my heart and on my mind? Yes, it is. Are you asking me about what motivates my life? Yes, I am. I don’t want to have my own aim or charge that guides and directs my life. I don’t want my own desires to motivate my life. What do you mean by that? At one time my life went a thousand different directions based on my temporary and transient motives and desires. I wandered from one thing to another. My life had a constant feeling of aimlessness. I had no real purpose, passion and pursuit in life. I went wherever I wanted to go. I did whatever I wanted to do. My life lacked focus. It was filled full of activity that accomplished very little of real importance. That’s not good. No, it’s not good.
Do you have a question to ask me? Do you have a statement that you would like to make? Yes, I have a question to ask you. I want to know what your aim and charge is for my life? I think your answer to that question is far more important than how I might answer it. Are you sure? No, I’m not sure. Let’s come back to that question later. You did ask me a question. You already know what my aim and charge is for your life. Yes, I do. Your aim and charge for my life is to love you and others. That’s right. How do you feel about that aim and charge for your life? I am excited and challenged to pursue that aim and charge in life. So, you have taken a hold of that aim and charge in life and made it your very own? Yes, I have. Then wouldn’t you say that your aim and charge in life is very important? Yes, I would. Wouldn’t you also say that you now have an aim and charge in life that gives you real purpose and passion and focus, and is the pursuit of your life? Yes, I would. That is very good.
You mentioned aimlessness and wandering. Yes, I did. What will keep you focused on the aim and charge of loving me and others? If I keep my eyes on you, my life will be focused. If I follow you, I will live the life that you have called me to live. If I keep on going and doing whatever you ask of me, I will continue to love you and others. My heart will be pure, my conscience will be good, and my faith will remain strong as I live my life with and for you. I will fulfill the aim and charge of my life. Yes, you will.
Lord, the aim and charge of my life is to love you and others. Keep me on track. Help me to never wander away from this aim and charge. Help me to have a pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith as I keep on loving, following and serving you. Amen
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