Lord, sometimes we wander aimlessly throughout life without knowing what our true purpose in life really is. Each time we accomplish a certain goal we are not as happy as we initially thought we would be. We want more. Usually our goals consist of material things, such as for money, pleasures, adventures, and so on. Our goals are usually ego-oriented.
However, we sometimes forget that You are our true goal in life. The reason we are on this Earth is to learn more about You and Your Holy Ways. We forget this because we get caught up in earthly pursuits that do not bring any lasting satisfaction. And how can these things bring any satisfaction if our only true satisfaction is You, Lord?
Teach us how to seek You in everything we do. It does not really matter what our earthly pursuit in this life is as long as we surrender the results to You. It is not following earthly pursuits that is the problem. The problem is that we neglect to revert everything back to You and to give You thanks for everything You have given us.
Many of us cannot renounce the world as many spiritual masters have done in the past. Be we can renounce the world in our hearts by surrendering everything to You. We do not have to renounce the objects of this world. What is the point if we renounce the physical objects, yet remain bound at heart to them and still think about them consistently? If we physically renounce them but still desire them in our hearts, then we have not truly renounced anything. Yet, we can own them and not be attached to them in our hearts.
What matters is that we renounce things by surrendering them to You, and not care about the results. Teach us, Lord, how to work in the world for You. Whether that is sweeping, cleaning, walking, driving, or working in anything whatsoever. Teach us to offer all our activities up to you.
It is an art to learn how to do this, Lord. Teach us this art, and when we finally think of You in everything we do, then show us a way in which we can offer up our services to the benefit of others. Ultimately the most important thing is to learn how to make living an art. And this art means making You our ultimate Life Purpose, and surrendering everything else to You.