Ever took the time to ask yourself; “what is my purpose?” Why are you on this earth, especially at this time and during this season? Is there something that you were born/created to do?
A good friend of mine once asked me, “How do you know your purpose?” At the time I think she may have been experiencing her quarter-life crisis. You can imagine how perplexing such a question can be. That is such a difficult question to answer, especially for a mortal being like myself. I have no insight into the future… I AM NOT GOD.
However, through the basis of personal experiences and my faith I give the best answer I could. I believe in order to find your purpose and understand it we have to first understand who we are as well as who’s we are.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We have to know and understand that although we are unsure of many things, God is sure. Remember that the one who created you placed in you a unique gift, the passion for pursuing something special and the best way to tap into that is to ask the person that places it in you.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
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.
Life becomes a little bit simpler when we discover our purpose. We become empowered. There is a reason to get up each morning with a new determination to achieve! A purpose driven life is a life worth living.
Just think; what would the world be like if people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi never discovered their purpose. Can you imagine it? What would have become of the many oppressed people all over the world? Who else would have stood in the gap? Think of it this way; you and only you can fill in a certain gap. You are the only one with the passion, the drive and the desire to create, change and develop something that the world lacks.
Think of your life without electricity? I KNOW!!! How will you charge our phone, use your computer, or get a Uber? Thanks to Benjamin Franklin’s discovery, we can now live in a world powered by energy. What if he never “discovered” his purpose? What would have become of the world? I do not believe that another individual would have done so. Why? Well, we are all unique and because of all our individual qualities, we each have something different to offer. Even if you and another person share the same desire, the execution will be different and the outcomes will be unique.
If you leave this world never having discovered your purpose, you leave a gap in it and even worse, you leave unfulfilled. I can only imagine how many inventions and ideas that could have improved the world but never did because someone died without ever discovering his/her purpose.
A few simple tips to figuring out your purpose:
- Pray about it, seek the word of God.
- Listen to that thing at the bottom of your heart. Follow your heart it drives your passion. Your head will talk you out of it.
- Be daring; be unapologetic in your pursuit.
- One of my favorites; break up with the One. It doesn’t have to be the one thing, it can be many different and unrelated things.
- Is there a lack that you’ve observed and no one else sees? Look more into that.
- Start doing; get out there try new things and you may discover your purpose in the process.
I once heard someone say that the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed is your purpose. If it makes you happy, if you find fulfillment in it, go for it!
Finding your purpose is bigger than you, the world needs it!