Still thinking about God’s purpose for all mankind: He aims at no less than that He be glorified above everything else.
Along those lines, I found a helpful prayer in a great book called The Valley of Vision. This is a prayer we ought all to pray. (By the way, probably no other book has shaped my own prayer life more that this book; if you don’t have it, get a copy!) A slightly edited version of this prayer; meditate on it and pray through it, asking God to give you this kind of a heart:
Man’s Great End
Lord Of All Being,
There is one thing that deserves my greatest care,
that calls forth my ardent desires,
That is, that I may answer the great end for which I am made –
to glorify You Who have given me being,
and to do all the good I can for my fellow men;
Truly, life is not worth having
if it be not improved for this noble purpose.
Yet, Lord, how little is this the thought of mankind!
Most men seem to live for themselves,
without much or any regard for Your glory,
or for the good of others;
They earnestly desire and eagerly pursue
the riches, honors, pleasures of this life,
as if they supposed that wealth, greatness, merriment,
could make their immortal souls happy;
But, alas, what false delusive dreams are these!
And how miserable before long will those be who sleep in them,
for all our happiness consists in loving You…
Help me to know continually
that there can be no true happiness,
no fulfilling of Your purpose for me,
apart from a life lived in and for the Son of Your love.
Taken from The Valley of Vision (paperback edition, p. 13) edited by Arthur Bennett.