The Errand of Your Life

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

Your body, your mind and your heart took form on this majestic planet as a result of an enormously complex miraculously managed process of conception, gestation and birth. There is nothing mediocre about your design. In fact, even the most intricate of man’s mechanical creations pales in comparison to just one of your cells, let alone the tissues, organs and systems that your cells combine to form.

Given this reality, I have a hard time believing that anyone on earth was born with no other purpose than to make a living for him or herself. You were born, I was born, to reveal excellence, to give evidence of the expression of the majesty of the truth of life.

Take time to ask yourself: does my life enrich the world? It is a simple question with profound implications, isn’t it? If it appears that your life doesn’t enhance the world, there’s no better time to start than now. If it seems that it does, there is always room for improvement!

Seek refinement, not for yourself, but that your service to others might expand. Arise today with the spirit of blessing in your heart. Begin the day by giving thanks for the apertures you have – no matter how big or small – through which you can enrich the world.

Dare to release your grip on the idea that you are here merely to make a living. Recognize that your limits are not the limits of the world and that much more than you ever imagined is possible for you, for your life.

And yes, as President Wilson wisely suggested, take care not to impoverish yourself by forgetting the errand.

4 thoughts on “The Errand of Your Life

  1. Colin

    People forget that making a living is a means to an end, and not the end itself. The time we spend working is (in most cases) a majority of our time, but even if you do something that you don’t think enriches the world to make a wage, there are always countless opportunities to make the world a better place in all of our day to day interactions. I can think of several ways to enhance the way I enrich the world off the top of my head. Sometimes it is easy to get in a rut of “work so you can have free time to not work”. However down that road lies an unfulfilling life. Thanks!


  2. Lady Leo

    Never thought of Woodrow Wilson as profound but that quote reveals an interesting depth to him. I always think that words, which are able to retain their strength through the ages, show some evidence of the authors character. Well done, thanks.


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