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"Am I seeking wisdom from God's Word to understand my purpose?" Thomas Aquinas

Ever feel like you’re scrolling through the channels of life, lost amidst a million options, each promising a different kind of “fulfilment”? That’s a question that even brilliant minds like Thomas Aquinas wrestled with. As a young man, driven by a thirst for knowledge, he embarked on a journey that led him to the very heart of scripture, searching for answers to the question: “Am I seeking wisdom from God’s Word to understand my purpose?”

Imagine Aquinas, a student at the University of Naples (who would later abandon his noble title for a Dominican monk’s robe), surrounded by intellectual debates and philosophical arguments. Yet, something felt incomplete. He craved a deeper understanding, a purpose beyond the confines of logic and reason. Just like us, he grappled with the big questions: “What am I here for? What makes a life truly meaningful?”

Proverbs 18:14 “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” This verse echoes Aquinas’s journey. He turned to scripture, not for quick fixes, but for enduring wisdom. So Aquinas’s turning point came when he encountered the Bible. He saw it not just as a collection of stories, but as a roadmap to God’s will. Imagine him, poring over verses like Proverbs 9:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” These words ignited a fire within him, propelling him on a lifelong quest to integrate faith and reason, scripture and philosophy.

Forget the “perfect life” filters. True purpose isn’t about external validation or fleeting trends. It’s about discovering your unique gifts and using them to make a positive impact. Aquinas, despite facing opposition, dedicated his life to seeking truth and sharing it with the world. His legacy reminds us that purpose is found in service, not self-promotion.

But seeking wisdom isn’t always easy. There will be moments of doubt, distractions, and challenges. Just like Aquinas faced opposition from his family, within the Church and even imprisonment for his beliefs, we too might encounter naysayers or feel lost in the noise. Remember, even the brightest stars face darkness. It’s in these moments that seeking guidance from scripture becomes crucial.

Remember: Just like Aquinas’s writings influenced generations of thinkers, your actions, inspired by faith and purpose, can create a ripple effect of positive change. Remember, Jesus himself said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). So, start asking yourself, “Am I seeking wisdom from God’s Word to understand my purpose?” The answer might just surprise you.

Reflection

Psalm 139:16: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

What are your God-given talents and passions? How can you use them to serve others?

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Do you feel lost or unsure? Talk to a trusted friend, mentor, or spiritual leader. Seek guidance in prayer and scripture.

Action

Start small: Dedicate 10 minutes daily to reading scripture and reflecting on its message.

Discover your strengths: Take a personality or skills assessment. Talk to people who know you well.

Seek opportunities to serve: Volunteer your time, talents, or skills to a cause you care about.

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