Many people wrestle with the question of, ‘What is my purpose?’ It is human nature to desire purpose, and meaning. Everyone is looking for a place of power, influence, and a sense of importance. We are designed to want to make a difference, and it can be disheartening at the very least, if you have no sense of purpose for your life.
For those wondering how to discover their purpose. Here are some ways…
Firstly, your pain is your pathway.
Everyone has walked through challenge and pain. If you have made it to the other side of pain, your purpose is to use your lessons to help others. Along your journey to healing, or freedom, you would have picked up some keys on the way. Hand those keys over to people at the start of the journey. Let your pain be a pathway for others.
There is a beggar in the Bible who sat on the ground and was spat on every day by people passing by. This was the same beggar who Jesus met. Jesus himself spat in the mud and rubbed the mixture into the beggar’s eyes – AND THE BEGGAR WAS HEALED! His eyes opened!(John 9:6). Why would Jesus spit? What a bizarre way to bring healing? The answer is that Jesus used the very pain, and struggle that the beggar experienced every day of his life to heal him. You will do the same for others. How you heal, is how you will help.
Secondly, what is your God-story? How did you first encounter God? How you found Him, is your purpose in how you will find others. If you know what it is like to be a struggling single-mom and then find a supportive church community, then you will have the heart to go and find single-moms and bring them to church. If you know what it is like to have an addiction and have no control, and then find freedom in God, then you will understand people who are slaves to addiction and you will have a heart to show them the freedom they can find in God. God will use that which you have experienced, to bring other people to that same place.
I personally can testify to this. Although I grew up in church, it wasn’t until older, God-loving women in my life starting investing a great deal of time and energy into mentoring me as a teenager that I really found my own relationship with God. In return, I now have a passion to mentor young people through my profession of teaching. I love helping teenagers find value, purpose and passion, because someone did this very thing for me. Part of my purpose is tied up in my God-story.
Remember that your job/profession/career is not your purpose, it is a vehicle by which God will use you to point people to him. If you have a career in acting, pursuing it with all you have – but getting a Golden Globe isn’t your purpose. Your purpose is to bring people in the entertainment industry to God through your influence as an actor. If you have a well-paying job, your purpose isn’t to earn as much as you can, it is to be blessed so you can bless. If you are a CEO, it isn’t so you can be in control and feel accomplished. It is so you can bring the kingdom of God to your company through your God-given gift to lead.
Finally, what are your gifts and talents? What are you good at? Don’t be something you are not. If you don’t know your gift, try things and find what makes you come alive. Recognise your gift and then fan into flame. Timothy said,
‘I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands’ (2 Timothy 1:6).
Ephesians 2:10, ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.