Living Your Purpose
Have you ever wondered, “What is the purpose of life?” or more specifically, “What is my purpose?”
I know I have, and I hear many others voice the same questions. I have also heard:
• You were made for a purpose
• Find your purpose
• Your purpose guides everything you do
• Your purpose is the one thing you must do
• If you find something you love, and would do for free, you’ve found your purpose
Our society seems to pressure people to find, discover, know, and practice one’s purpose. Maybe that’s why so many people stress over trying to find their purpose.
As Christians, the Bible gives us many examples of what our purpose is. From the Old Testament Isaiah 43:7 says, “Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.” From the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The short answer is our purpose is to bring glory to God. The application and question is often, “How do we do that?” Many people struggle with this, myself included (for years). I remember reading The Purpose Driven Life, by Pastor Rick Warren, during a period of unemployment. My options were plentiful, but I wanted to be sure to take a job that encompassed my purpose. One day, as I was scouring the shower floor, at home, I said outloud, “I know THIS is NOT my purpose.” HAHA. At least I was certain of that!
Fast forward ten years or so. I was being interviewed on a podcast and told the host, “No matter what I am doing, whether it’s writing, speaking, teaching, or just talking to friends and family, I always try to encourage others to move positively forward.” BAM! It hit me… I was already living out the application of my purpose and had been, for decades.
Sometimes, when we are desperately searching for something, we can’t see it, even when it’s the eyeglasses on top of our head. If you aren’t “living your purpose” and are still trying to find it, relax… Take a minute to consider:
• Where you’ve been in your life
• The things you have done
• The things you are now doing
Do you see a pattern? It’s in the times that we aren’t looking so hard that things can become more clear.
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