Thursday, 11 October 2012

Every part has a purpose

Have you seen the movie or read the book Hugo?
Hugo working on the train station clock

I recently saw it and was really impressed. It is an amazing story of a little orphan boy named Hugo, who is on a journey to hear a message from his father whom has passed away. His life revolves around working on the clocks at the Paris train station, all the while he is trying to fix a machine that he believes holds a messaged from his deceased father.

It is a wonderful story of many characters who are searching for their meaning in life. Some have lost their sense of purpose, while others crave to one day find a sense of direction for theirs.

In one scene Hugo is talking to his friend Isabelle; a girl wishing she knew her purpose; and he tells her his view of the world.

Hugo Cabret: I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.

I was blown away by the child like perception of the world. It is so basic, yet deeply complex. It has thought and value, it truly is a beautiful picture that Hugo gives us.

The Bible also touches on the subject in lots of different ways:
We know our purpose is to ultimately follow God and bring him glory (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
We each have a part amongst the body of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 12)

Now if you want to figure out which part you are, you need to look at your gifts and talents and use them, but don't just use them for yourself, use them for Christ. Just as Hugo was good at fixing things, he didn't just use it to fix clocks, but he used his gift of healing people to really pour into the lives of others to help bring healing and peace into their lives.

So what is your gifting? -If you know it use it!
If you don't know it, find out by asking others and go from there.


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