Have you ever felt like you don’t have a purpose? Do you think there is something you are supposed to be doing, but you can’t figure out what it is? You know you are destined for more but can’t quite put your finger on it. When we find ourselves in this place, it is easy to get complacent or frustrated and give up on finding our real purpose and passion.
At some point in your life, you may have been in touch with your passion, but your passion took back seat to other “more important” things. Perhaps you got married, had children, fostered a ‘safe’ career or had a crisis or tragedy. You haven’t had time to figure out your purpose and passion. And sometimes people let go of their desires for those of others. This might lead to temporary happiness, but eventually, they come to realize that they aren’t as fulfilled as they thought they would be. They lost touch with their original goals and soul and have no sense of what their passion or purpose is any longer.
Your inner being holds the key to finding purpose in your life-whether or not it has been squashed by others, buried by fear and pain or simply put behind others’ needs and wants. In our society, we tend to ignore our special talents and make choices, relating to career and family, which provide a sense of security. Too often, however, what makes us feel safe does not necessarily bring true joy or spiritual fulfillment.
I don’t know how many times I have heard and even repeated the phrase, “God has a purpose in your life.” I haven’t figured out what that exact purpose is but I know life is a journey, and we are always changing. We make choices every day that either guide us in the right direction or knock us off track. We know as Christians that we all have a common purpose as well as a purpose that serves the whole. Our common objective is to walk in the spirit, bear fruit, love one another, preach the gospel and be a disciple. It’s our unique purpose that poses more of a challenge, especially as it relates to making money, having security, or achieving power or fame.
The key to finding lasting joy is to discover your purpose based on your gifts and abilities. We all have God-given gifts and talents; if you use and nurture your gifts, you will experience fulfillment. However, if you fail to recognize what they are or fear using them because others may pass judgment, then you are going to continue to feel a void in your life.
Tips for Finding Purpose in Life
- Seek God First – Listen for His voice and spend time in prayer and meditation. Remember our purpose to be Christ-like.
- What are Your Gifts? – Whether you think you have a gift or not, you do, we all are good at something. Some people are good with their hands; others are great teachers, leaders, communicators, listeners, and healers. Some people are wise, compassionate, forgiving, caring, loving and giving. Ask people close to you what they think are your special gifts.
- Evaluate Your Situation – Are you doing what you want to be doing or are you doing what others want you to do?
- What Makes You Happy? – Are you taking the time to do things that make you happy? Could one of your hobbies be a career? If you enjoy helping others are you taking the time to meet that need whether on a volunteer basis or career choice?
- What are Your Goals? – Surprisingly most people don’t take the time to set goals for themselves and pursue them. They may have ideas in their head of what they want, but they don’t have a plan of action or a way to measure their progress so remain stuck year after year.
- Get Rid of Limiting Beliefs – “I’m too old to go back to school.” “I will never be good enough.” “I’m not smart enough.” The things we tell ourselves are the difference between success and failure. Remember, anything is possible!
- Take Action! – You aren’t going to find your purpose unless you are obedient to God, nurture your gifts and pursue your goals.