I have an elder in my ministry who has hound dogs. In their cages, they are some of the sorriest, laziest creatures you’ve ever seen. I have to check in with him, “Have you checked on your dogs? I think they’re dead. Buzzards are circling the cages.” We’ll go out there, and they’re alive. But in those cages, outside of their purpose, there’s no life; there’s no passion.
Yet, all he has to do is drive to the woods, open up those cages, and when that tailgate falls, BAM! They’re on it!
When they’re connected to their purpose, they are totally different. They’re alive! In the cage, they’re barely surviving. In the woods, they are thriving.
Independent of your purpose—independent of your connection to Christ and receiving purpose from Him—you will merely survive in this life. But when you connect your potential and your design to your purpose, you’ll be thriving like a hound in the woods!