How to discover my purpose
What am I here for? This is the age-old question of purpose and calling. Deep within every human being is the longing to make their mark on this world, to know that have meaning. Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence. Consequently, without knowing this, we often suffer because we are unaware of our own significance. We succumb to the illusion that our lives don’t matter, and we have no connection or impact on the world around us.
If you are wrestling with that question, then know that you are in good company. For millennia, men and women have been seeking purpose. Specifically, the purpose of something is defined as the reason for which something exists.
What we think about, what we believe will impact our words and our actions. In truth, our feet will follow our belief systems. Look around you and see. All over the world, please are living out what they genuinely believe (even if they don’t know it).
In other words, we need to think and believe right. Inside of every single person, God has placed a purpose and destiny. He is after you, and He has shaped you to be uniquely you so that you hit the mark for your life. He doesn’t want you to miss it. We glorify God when we hit the target we are destined to get the bullseye in. And we live a life that leads to a deep abiding satisfaction – and I’m not talking about a comfortable life — instead, a life of purpose and meaning.
LIVE FULL, DIE EMPTY
I think that graveyards are the wealthiest places on earth. Beneath the soil and layers of stone and dust, lie dormant dreams and hopes. There are countless business plans, ideas, songs, books, medical breakthroughs and more buried there. I long to die empty – meaning that I have lived my life allowing the seeds of potential that are dormant within me to emerge and blossom at the right time.
The Scriptures remind us that He has prepared good works for us in advance before the foundation fo the world. In doing so, we can partner with Him to release those good works aka dreams, visions, ideas into the world. He knows you, created you and destined you for more than this – than just existing.
What are the dreams in your heart?
What makes you come alive?
IS SOMETHING HOLDING YOU BACK?
Is it fear? Fear of man, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of making a mistake or even fear of not being enough? Likewise, the enemy would have you believe those lies and remind you that you don’t have a purpose.
Over the past few years, I’ve spent much time thinking about the impact of fear on my life and in the lives of humankind. Fear and love cannot co-exist. They do not belong together. When you know that you are loved, truly loved and you learn to allow that love to conquer your fear, then you can rise victorious.
Five tips to discover your purpose:
- Read bible verses and quotes on purpose.
- Get healed from that which holds you back/your fears/your pain.
- Grow thankfulness in your life. Ask five friends to describe you using three words. Look for the links in their descriptions of you.
- Write your dreams/visions down.
- Share life with others and serve in the area that gives you joy.
They all come with a caveat: Don’t compare or listen to Satan’s lies, or give in to fear/self-pity.
Ten memorable quotes and bible verses about living with purpose.
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever – Westminster Shorter Catechism:
The climb might be tough and challenging, but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain; you just can’t always see it right away – Victoria Arlen.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction – John F KennedyFind out who you are. And do it on purpose – Dolly Parton
True happiness…is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose – Helen Keller
“The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” John 10:10.
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.” Psalm 57:2
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
To live with purpose means our lives have meaning and we are filled with an abiding joy. It’s not always easy, but oh so satisfying.
Which quote or bible verse is your favorite, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.