8.01.2010

To Be Useful

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and have lived well." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mason loves Thomas the Tank Engine. Maybe not quite as much as he used to, but still -- a lot. So we have gotten to know Thomas and those who populate his world. What Thomas really wants is to be a 'really useful engine'. Which to me means that he wants what he does to count for something. I like that. Because that's what I want too. I want what I do to matter. I want the things I do to be pleasing not only to myself, but more, to my Heavenly Father.

So as I go through my days, I remind myself to look for opportunities to be an instrument in His hands. Because I want to be like Thomas: 'a really useful engine.'

5 comments:

Emily said...

I love this thought! Such a fun way to look at it!

Carrie Page said...

I agree! Great post...although his animated eyes are kinda freaking me out! haha

Mia said...

I have always loved that Thomas wants to be really useful. I too want to be useful, I just don't always want to get off the couch ;) (mostly kidding!)

Andi said...

Awesome! My kids are big into Thomas too. I love that in some of their books they capitalize it all - Really Useful Engine, like a title. It's a good goal for all of us!

Kristi said...

Amen sister! I love it, Jan, and I agree...something I definitely need to be reminded of. Especially with the last few weeks of summer left, I want to make the most of it and be a useful person :) I'm trying...

And you made my day yesterday!!! Your comment made me miss you tons...I hope you're doing fabulously.