Why Wins Over When

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Google recently unveiled its new “quantum machine” which scientists have been working on since the 1980s. It’s amazing! Cade Metz reports in the New York Times that it needs less than 3 ½ minutes to perform calculations that would take a traditional computer 10,000 years! Wow!

This new machine uses the properties of particle-level physics to boost it to exponentially exceed the speed of conventional computers. I don’t have room here to explain to you exactly how it works!! The amazing thing is that Google says that it has no immediate uses. It is simply a demonstration of advanced technology. That’s a huge invention, but what does it do?

It’s hard to conceive how such a machine could be constructed. It’s even more amazing how God has constructed human beings. The Bible tells us that we are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14). Nobody can truly explain how all of the aspects of the human creation can be understood. The same question arises for a human being just like the one for that quantum machine – what’s the purpose?

Mark Twain once said, “There are two important dates in your life – the day you were born and the day you find out why you were born.” We all know when we were born – do we know why we were born? The why question is far more important than the when question.

Knowing why we are here becomes the compass by which we live every day. Life is not intended to be measured by the number of days, but by what we do with each day. Real life is lived by knowing why we’re here and what our purpose is. Real life is experienced when we measure life by direction and not days. We need to evaluate our lives by a compass – not a clock!!

The great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Chuck Fletcher, the Philadelphia Flyers General Manager, fired Coach Dave Hakstal last year. When questioned about his search for a replacement, he said, “Until I know what I’m looking for, I can’t find it.”

When we know that we’re living in God’s purpose, we have focus and discover great benefits. Warren Buffet said, “The most successful people in the world have learned how to say no to the things that pull them from their purpose.” When you invest your time each day fulfilling God’s purpose, you can overcome temptations, distractions, and people who tell you that something can’t be done.

Following God’s purpose gives us a reason to get up every day and look forward to the journey. We realize that God says to us, like he said to Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

While the quantum machine doesn’t have a purpose now, Google says that it has great potential – it could even make the most powerful supercomputers look like toys! You have more potential than that!! When you were born was written by a doctor on a piece of paper.  Why you were born is written by the Great Physician on your mind and heart.

Why were you born?

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