My AP Literature teacher assigned the class one last writing assignment ... THE last writing assignment of our grade school careers. I don't know about the rest of the class, but there was a mix of not caring what the final assignment would be but also really wanting to do well since it was the final assignment.
"What is your meaning and purpose?" I struggled with this prompt for the entire two weeks we were given to come up with a plan, write it out, and submit it before midnight. If I'm being honest, I rewrote the entire assignment at 11:45 pm that night.
My Meaning and Purpose
In order to start answering this very complex and existentialist question, I must go back to what my life is rooted in: Christianity. Because faith is such an integral part of my life and is what I lean on for answers, my meaning and purpose is grounded in what the Christian Bible says about who I am and what I am called to do because of who I am.
Who am I? Well, on the surface I am a female, a senior in high school, a daughter, sister, friend, granddaughter, etc. Go a little deeper and I am an athlete, a sexual assault victim, a volunteer at church and a teen with a chronic condition. Travel a few layers deeper and we see that despite all those labels that are put on me , the one label that trumps all the above is this: I am a child of God. Because of this, I know that I am worthy of respect, love, and kindness. I am a person, a human that was put on this Earth for a purpose because if I believe that God created the world in its entirety (which I do) then I question the purpose of putting a person like me on the Earth. My conclusion is this: it must have been for a reason. This label, child of God, means a couple things. First, the label or identity of "a child of God" can never be taken away or threatened because my God can never be taken away or threatened. It also means that I need to/want to go out and talk about the greatness of Him. At its foundation, that's Christianity - to go out and talk about how much we love our God. This is my purpose: to love the world unconditionally in an attempt to emulate Christ. Sometimes I think the world overcomplicates the Christian religion. There aren't millions of rules or regulations or boundaries set up to spoil the fun. We really have one command: love. The most I will ever be able to do is try and love every single person on this Earth unconditionally and without prejudice, hate, or contempt. Is it attainable? Of course not. Is it something that I am ever going to stop aiming to do? Don't bet your life on it.