Saints We Love

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finding Your Purpose - Terry Fenwick

Finding Your Purpose 
Does anyone remember seeing a movie called BABE?  Maybe about 15 years, or so,  ago?  It is a story about Babe, a pig who is raised by sheepdogs, and learns to herd sheep, with a little help from Farmer Hoggett, played by James Cromwell.

I have never been able to forget that mean cat in this movie who said to Babe, "You don't have a purpose." 

Worse than that? The look on Babe's face when she realized she had no purpose - that was a killer. Babe was perfectly happy before being told she had no purpose but, on hearing the mean cat, suddenly Babe was so deflated. That cat was really a rotten cat! Or was she? Maybe Babe needed this incident, cruel as it was, to make her desire a purpose! 
There is a wonderful barnyard filled with animals, all with a purpose. All delightful. Do you remember James Cromwell, the farmer? 

I am writing a story on Finding Your Purpose and using the song James Cromwell sang . . . If I Had Words. I think seeing this scene reminds me of how excited GOD might have been right after he created Adam. Having foreknowledge does not mean you can't be happy and excited (in the moment) when something wonderful happens.  Cromwell has dust on his finger nails from working on the farm; the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground so would he have had dust on his fingernails?  Imagine that! 

This movie, aside from entertaining, made me think a lot about having a purpose and what my purpose was. What a great teaching tool that was for me! Everyone is born with a purpose and gifted for that purpose from his or her mother's womb. We often miss it but we wander around a lifetime until we find it - that is,  if we keep seeking for happiness and being fully alive. 

God gave Adam a purpose right off - he gives us all a purpose built in - a chip?  maybe in the soul?  maybe?  But he gave us a purpose and will have given us the gifts to fulfill that purpose.  We should all look for that purpose! 

One day, maybe today,  he will rejoice over us with singing -  Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you* in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.

Surely he will when we find our purpose and use it.

Go here for If I Had Words and be entertained by James Cromwell.

I like this James Cromwell - same song equally as well - more detail but both wonderful:


Don Gatwood said...

Babe is an enjoyable story. Yes, from the beginning, before we were in our mother's womb He had a purpose for us.

Pam (Rose) Beeler said...

"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope." ~~ Jer. 29:11

Terry Fenwick said...

Thinking about this today as a priest, Fr Wade, spoke yesterday about something the Lord told Catherine Siena - He said, "My daughter never leave the knowledge of yourself, then you will know me in yourself and, from this knowledge you will draw all that you need." (speaking of self-knowledge)

Fr Wade also quoted St. Augustine saying "A man cannot hope to find God unless he first finds himself."

Terry Fenwick said...

I just watched this again - I know, I know, I wrote it, but it is such a fun story.

I want GOD to dance over me with singing like this - because HE sees me doing what I was created to do. I want HIS creation to watch HIM - like the animals at the window in this song - because they delight in seeing HIM delight with such Joy over one of his own! I want to be one of those. Do you?

Cindy said...

Great movie! And the song made me cry every time I watched it!

Terry Fenwick said...

James Cromwell who is the Farmer here later played the Pope in the Under Roman Skies