The son of a tenant farmer in the Indian Territory that is now Oklahoma, Albert Brumley quit school after tenth grade and didn’t have much of a future to look forward to–except to pick cotton for the rest of his life. Then, when he was sixteen years old, he attended a singing school in his farm community of Rock Island and discovered he could sing better than most adults and he could harmonize, too.

So at nineteen he went to a music school in the Ozark Mountains to learn how to write music. He dropped out after a year and went back to picking cotton. One day while picking cotton, he started singing a popular song called ‘The Prisoner’s Song.’ I was like that prisoner, he thought. When he saw a bird flying away to a better place, young Albert got an idea for a new song. He returned to music school and continued to struggle with his idea for a song. Seven years later, he felt the song was ready to be published. Immediately, it became a favorite.

In time, Brumley became known as the world’s most recorded songwriter, but none of his songs rivaled the popularity of “I’ll Fly Away.” He also wrote “This World is not My Home.”

Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away;
To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.
I’ll fly away, O glory, I’ll fly away;
When I die, hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away.

God has a purpose for each and every one of His children; not just in a general sense to serve Him but a specific thing to do that is unique to each individual. If we truly want to serve Him and seek Him with all our heart He will reveal that very special piece of the puzzle that is God’s plan for eternity. Besides being born, what is His purpose for your life?