Every year, the John Templeton Foundation sponsers a worldwide essay contest called "The Power of Purpose Awards." This is no small contest as the grand prize is $100,000. The award winners were announced a couple of weeks ago, with August Turak from Raleigh, North Carolina taking top honors with his essay, Brother John. From the website: "Brother John is the true story of how the author’s contemplative retreat at a Trappist monastery turns both magical and terrible when a simple monk offers to share an umbrella on a cold and rainy Christmas Eve. This simple act of loving-kindness proves almost more than he can bear, and becomes the catalyst for a gut wrenching re-evaluation of life, love, and the terrible yet fascinating nature of God."
This essay includes not only a great story, but very moving reflection on the question of what is life's purpose. Recommended reading. Download the essay, here if you'd like. Or go to the Power of Purpose website.