In the Martin Scorsese movie, Hugo, the young orphan's friend, Isabelle, sincerely wonders aloud about her purpose in life as they look out at a beautiful night-time scene of Paris from their hiding place in a clock tower.
Regardless of our age, most of us ask ourselves the same question, "I wonder what my purpose is...". The response of Hugo, the orphan, is lovely:
Isabelle: I wonder what my purpose is...
Hugo Cabret: Everything has a purpose, clocks tell you the time,
trains takes you to places.
"I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine.
Machines never come with any extra parts, you know.
They always come with the exact amount they need.
"So I figured if the entire world was one big machine...
I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.
And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."
I think God, our Heavenly Father, has a purpose for each of us. That's why we are here on earth, to discover our own value and worth, to help other's discover their own as well. What greater worth can we feel than to understand ~ to really "get it" ~ that we are God's children?
I believe we are destined to return to be with our Father in Heaven again, and our purpose is to bring others with us on that journey back to live with Him again. We are His children and he loves us. His love is perfect and extends over the face of the earth to every one who has, or ever will live.
If we feel like an extra, unneccessary part, if we wonder what our purpose is, the easiest way to find out what our purpose is is to ask God, "Why am I here?", "Where did I come from?", and "Where will I go after this life?" If the answer you receive to the last question is, "someplace really good", like to live with your Father in Heaven again, you may ask, "Then, how do I get there?" Keep asking the questions. You will get answers.
Jesus Christ was made in His father's image. Christ was a perfect listener and a perfect conversationalist. He was perfect in everything he did. If Christ was those things, then God, our Heavenly Father is also a perfect listener and a perfect conversationalist. He will listen to your questions if you ask, and he will answer your questions if you wait for His response.
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[Movie based on the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick.
Screenplay by John Logan.]