Finding Your Purpose
Moving from frustration into significance!
Sally was frustrated. She was living alone at 40 with no job satisfaction. Each day she dragged to work knowing she had to if she was going to pay the bills. Work wasn’t rewarding; therefore, she began searching to find significance. She was challenged when the Bible said, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” Proverbs 19:21. Her many plans were not yielding God’s purpose. Therefore, she was motivated to take the following steps which moved her from frustration into significance:
Step 1: What do you love to do?
Your purpose is directly related to what you love. The most purposeful people in the world spend their time doing what they love. Bill Gates loved computers, Mother Teresa loved serving, and Alexander Bell love to invent. What do you love? Is it reading, writing, playing sports, singing, business, talking, listening, creating things? Whatever you love, it’s directly related to your purpose.
Step 2: What energizes you and sparks your curiosity?
What do you love to learn about? What kinds of books or magazines do you like to read? Do you read about leadership, business, running, serving, designing, building, speaking? Whatever you do in your free time is another sign of your purpose. If you like to cook, then that’s a sign, if you like to talk, then that’s a sign.
Step 3: What you are willing to sacrifice to better yourself or someone else?
Observe events surrounding you, what do you want to fix? Who do you want to help? What could you do better? By figuring out the specific person or people you want to help, you can more easily find your purpose. Are you energized in caring for preschool children to start a business? Are you motivated to work in a nursing home due to the neglect of the elderly? When you find something that you are willing to sacrifice for, you know that you’ve found your purpose. Your purpose will be a lifelong commitment to learning, stretching and trusting when God asks you to do something you don’t feel qualified to do.
Step 4: What do people compliment you on?
Others will recognize your gifting. How are they complimenting you? If no one likes your cooking, then you probably won’t make a good chef. Do people compliment your writing, you may be called to write or Blog. Do they notice your love for children, you may be called to teach? Once again, this is a sign of your purpose.
Step 5: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
What would you do if success was guaranteed and it would bless the Kingdom of God? It’s a sign to your purpose, ask yourself: “What do dream you love to do?” To find your purpose, figure out how you can best use your passions and skills to achieve your God-given goals and solve unique problems.
Something to consider:
Your life purpose is a lifelong journey. It’s purposeful to take it one step at a time. It’s important to pause and reevaluate regularly. And it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Nothing worth doing is easy, and this will not always be easy. “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,” Isaiah 58:10.
You will encounter frustrations and challenges along the way. Some days, you’ll throw your hands up in defeat. But then you’ll remember these steps. You’re driven to solve this problem, and for some reason, you won’t let yourself give up. It’s because you’re working for the Kingdom of God so push through and great will be your reward. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the LORD as a reward. It is the LORD Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24.