What wrecks you

So, last night I went to a talk and the guy spoke about what is God’s will for my life? What is your purpose for life? He asked the question ‘What wrecks you? I count myself fortunate to have good idea of what I am called to do on this planet and what my purpose is and I have come to realise that is a rare thing.

Most of you who have been following my journey will know what makes me tick and what my dreams and goals are. As the guy was talking last night, I realised that I haven’t articulated the main purpose and drive behind my dream that clearly. So I was inspired to try here!

As I answer the question, ‘what wrecks you?’ my immediate reaction is probably apathy. The earth is the Lords and everything in it. We were created to look after the earth and everything in it. Our bodies are a reflection of our creator, they are a temple and should be looked after. I get so sad when I hear people (particularly women) complaining of how they look, spending so much money and time changing their hair, trying to look lighter or darker or thinner or stronger. Most of these things are not bad in and of themselves, but they can develop into such a destructive pattern and define the way we see life. I hate seeing people destroy their bodies and waste their life by striving aimlessly towards a goal or dream that is not theirs.

I am passionate about protecting the earth we were given to look after as well as everything in it. It makes me sad and angry to watch friends, colleagues and acquaintances unhappy in their job or what they look like, instead of being the beautiful human God created them to be and living in the freedom of that. It doesn’t mean I have got it right or that I have all the answers, but I strive to be authentic in inspiring sustainable change to the people around me as I live out my dream and pursue the goals set before me.

The real question is ‘what wrecks you?’

I still don’t think I have done a great job articulating what wrecks me, but I hope that it gives a slightly better idea of why I want to swim 40km across an ocean so far away. The swim is not about me and pushing boundaries, although that is part of it. I hope that the swim is a stepping stone for greater things to come, I hope that it will open doors for me to make a sustainable difference in society with regards to conservation of our planet and inspiring youth and rural communities to become their unique self and live in the freedom of being who they were created to be. The real question is ‘what wrecks you?’ Go and find it and live it.

Author: Jenni Petersen

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