KNOWING YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE
“What is my purpose in life?” Do you always ask that to yourself? Many people go through life feeling discouraged about themselves and thinking they don’t have a purpose in life. But that’s not true. Whoever you are—whatever your life experiences, talents, physical ability, or role—you have a purpose.
Basically if I will try to explain it in simple terms, your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning.
Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life.
Purpose will be unique for everyone; what you identify as your path may be different from others. What’s more, your purpose can actually shift and change throughout life in response to the evolving priorities and fluctuations of your own experiences.
There are two ways to go through life: We can strive to be conscious of our purpose and pursue it, or we can leave that call unanswered. When we choose to be more conscious, we live the same peaks and valleys of life as everyone else, but we experience them differently. The peaks and valleys in the life of a conscious person inform them, strengthen them, and ultimately lead them to greater well being. If we live an unconscious life, without purpose, life just happens to us.
“Finding your Life Purpose means that you feel good with the way that you are situated in the world and your actions in it have a sense of meaning to you. It does not mean that you have suddenly discovered that you are going to be the person to cure cancer (although that is a possibility). Our purpose is, more often than not, not one act or one career, but a greater sense that our inside self and our outer life are in alignment.
Find God's Purpose for Your Life
God has the purpose for your life and the roadmap to reach it. In fact, the plan that God has for your life is greater than you can ever imagine! You would want to pursue it because you want all that your loving Father has in store for you.
Begin by asking God to show you his plan for your life. You might not get the whole picture of what he has for you at one time. It is far too big! But as you open your heart, little by little he will unfold it to you. Then, as you move forward, ask God to guide your steps. These instructions from King Solomon are very insightful and helpful : Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight" (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
Do you really want to achieve purpose beyond yourself? Then seek it with all your heart, as Jeremiah 29:13 instructs. Yes, God has a good plan for your life, but to experience and achieve it, you need to cooperate with him. Don't settle for less than what he has for you, go for greatness! This is not about becoming famous, it's life with meaning that touches the lives of others.
God has better plans for us than we can imagine and he does things, which we may not be able to understand but trust in his will. Through scripture, there are several ways we can live a purpose driven life.
Take time and reflect if you feel you desire materialistic possessions or want pride and power. It’s futile to focus on temporary pleasures because on our deathbed we can’t take anything with us. Besides more than likely, your family will be by your bedside, and they love you unconditionally, not because of what you have.
Cultivate a Wise and Discerning Heart
As you set your heart towards God and delight yourself in him, he will give you the wisdom you need to chart the course. Obstacles that seem insurmountable will yield because you receive divine insight from your heavenly Father.
What is it that you are passionate about?
Know that God is thinking about you, and he has great plans for you! As you set your heart towards God, you will find that the desires you have become more and more in line with his plan for your life. Then you can identify your passions and pursue them.
According to John Maxwell, your passion is often linked with your purpose. Furthermore, your passion sets you apart from the crowd and distinguishes you. When your steps are ordered by God, it is he who gives you these desires.