Paul asks a great question in 1 Corinthians 9:26. He asks, “Why would anybody fight if they are just going to swing at the air?” Good question, right?
What is the point of shadow boxing if you are never going to fight? A life without purpose is like a race without a finish line. Understanding the need for purpose is easy. Defining purpose is difficult. To win the race requires knowing our purpose. Paul tells the Corinthian’s that they’re to run this race with divine aims and purposes.
We are to move through life with purpose and direction. When we know our purpose in life it creates energy for us.
If you’re not doing something with your life, it doesn’t matter how long it is!
A man who approached a laborer who was laying bricks and asked him, “What are you doing?” The laborer said, “Can’t you see I’m laying bricks?” The man then walked over to another bricklayer and asked, “What are you doing?” And the workman answered with pride, “I’m building a cathedral.”
Both were physically doing the same thing, but the first laborer was occupied with the present task, and the other was concerned with the ultimate goal. If we forget the outcome of our task, we will become bogged down in what we are doing.