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Why Do I Exist?

Do you remember the story of Pinocchio? I recalled enough of it to suspect a parallel between Pinocchio and us, so I picked the book up at the library. Sure enough, Geppetto lovingly fashioned Pinocchio for fellowship with him and poured his sacrificial love onto him. But, Pinocchio rebelled against his creator and authored a declaration of independence; he did things his way. He is aptly called a “dummy” and humans who think that living in rebellion against our Creator are as well. In the end Pinocchio was transformed and became his creator’s precious son. We all have a lot in common with ol’ Pinocchio. Ultimately he said, “How ridiculous I was when I was a puppet! And how glad I am that I have become a well-behaved [son].”

Have you ever pondered a question such as the title of this article, Why Do I Exist? We exist for the same reasons that Pinocchio was fashioned by his creator. God lovingly recreated you for His own pleasure and He is so proud of His handiwork. Now He wants you to bring honor (“glory” is the biblical term) to His name (His reputation). You can identify with that. How did you feel when you first saw your child that you helped bring into the world? Proud enough to take pictures and show them to your friends, I’ll bet! How did you acquire that trait? You got it from your Father. God has a special feeling for His kids, and He has passed that trait along to you.

“Why You Do You Exist?” You exist to glorify God. Are you pursuing this… or are you playing Pinocchio?

Preston Gillham

About the Author

As a co-founder, Preston Gillham led Lifetime for 30 years. Preston is a writer, speaker, and leadership guide. He has authored numerous articles and several books including No Mercy and Battle for the Round Tower. He blogs on “Life and Leadership”. More about Preston, his writings, speaking, and his consulting practice can be located at PrestonGillham.com.