Give me Purpose or give me Death

Last October, Kirk Jones jumped into the currents
above Niagara Falls and flew feet first over the brink,
plunging 170 feet into the water below. The fall
should have killed him; the bodies of most of the
others who have tried this have not been found for
days. Kirk swam to the Canadian shore and stood up
before the police arrived.

As Jones relates, he was rapidly approaching middle
age, without a job, a wife, or a home to call his
He says, "I was a 40-year-old-man with no
It was a life or death test in
which he tempted fate: If he died, his unhappiness
would be over; if he lived, his life was bound to be
charged with new meaning.

While Jones was confined to a local psychiatric
hospital, Diane Sawyer found out he was an Ozzy
Osbourne fan, sent him a sweatshirt and invited him
to be on Good Morning America. He accepted
her offer, after spending three more days in jail and
being charged with fines of $3600. He then spent a
couple days sightseeing in New York, compliments of

Fortunately, finding one's purpose in life does not
normally come from confronting God with a test of
the take me or tell me clearly variety. Rather,
it comes from looking clearly at what God has already
told us. The patterns we see in our (1) Skills &
Abilities, (2) Personality Traits, and (3) Goals, Dreams
& Passions start the process. From these you will be
able to see confirmed direction and the best daily

And unfortunately for Kirk Jones, his quest for a
meaningful life is still in question. It appears the
greatest benefits were an Ozzy sweatshirt and a free
trip to the local mental hospital. Today he has a
vague role as a "performer" in the Florida-based Toby
Tyler Circus. He's in a booth right next to the Wolf
Family, the Mexican brothers covered from head to
toe with hair. Not exactly what I would call fulfilling,
meaningful work.

While there may be some merit in tempting death to
find your purpose, I really do believe there is a better

"That every man find pleasure in his work -- this is a gift from God." Ecc. 3:13

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