The Role of a Lifetime (Psalm 8)

You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority (PSALM 8:6 NLT).


Every one of us has a God-given passion to do something. We have been given both a passion and a gift to have sovereignty over certain areas of life. That passion is what gives life meaning and makes us productive.

It’s one thing to have a passion for something, but it’s another thing to live it out. Sadly, most people are not living out their passion. According to a recent survey, only 45 percent of American workers say they are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their jobs and only 20 percent feel passionate about their jobs.

The truth is you have unique gifts that no one else has and you are given these gifts to fulfill a unique calling that no one else can fulfill. When you wake up every morning, even though you cannot control the day, you can control how passionate you’ll be as you enter it. You can use your gifts to do what God has called you to do with the enthusiasm that God deserves…

You need to take the unique passion that God has is you and you alone, and let that passion drive you every day to be what God wants you to be and do what God wants you to do. That is your role of a lifetime.

52 Weeks Through the Psalms


There’s nothing sadder than a passionless life. Even more so as Christians. God has birthed in all of us gifts and talents uniquely fitted for us. These gifts and talents are not given by God frivolously. They have been given for a purpose—a divine purpose. When we discover our unique gifts and allow them to become our passion in life, we find a life with true meaning-eternal meaning.

A person’s gifts may not seem grand to the common eye. We’re not all called to be a Billy Graham or a modern day Susanna Wesley—but we are called to be us. We are called to live out a uniquely designed destiny meant for no one else on earth but us. No matter whether that destiny is small or great in human eyes, faithfulness to that calling brings rewards both here and in eternity.

Have you discovered your “role of a lifetime” yet?


James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.