Finding purpose at Outback Steakhouse

Recently over dinner at Outback Steakhouse, my teenaged son asked me: “What do you think is the purpose of life?” I often chew on these kinds of questions. That’s just the way I’m cooked.

So, I took a bite at it: “For us to stand still long enough for the Divine ­– God, to travel through us, so that we may perform His will. Immediately after the words poured out of my mouth, I recollected how seldom over the last 24-hours – or 2-days – or month – or even the past year, I had allowed this act to take place in my life.

In that moment, I was reminded that the spiritual life is less about how much we can cook and more about how much we can digest, and on any given day – I find myself simply nibbling on crumbs.

Now, I know what I believe; in fact, we all know what we believe. Don't we? But we’re easily distracted, to the point that someone else’s steak can frankly look more alluring than ours – and we forget to be still and listen to what God is stirring inside of us. Lack of focus can easily make us turn away from ourselves.

And before we know it, we’ve spent a lifetime looking away at someone else’s filet mignon or glazed chicken.

In those unconscious moments, we lose ourselves, and if we fail to regain focus, we can lose our lives, all because we're too busying looking at someone else's cuisine. At this point, our spiritual beliefs simply become exquisite food laid out on a beautiful plate – yet it fails to nourish us or those around us. Our most important dinner guest is within, and we mustn't ever take our eyes off of Her.


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