Have you ever wondered what your life purpose was?
Personally I used to always wonder about it too, but when I found out what it was my life has never looked the same. I have hope and know that life is full of possibilities. No more will I be subject to the expectations of others but I can now define my life according to my passions.
Before finding out my purpose I used to go crazy trying to figure it out. I used to be dramatic about it too. When I got a bad grade, or was not doing as so well as a biology major I would want to give up and the excuse was always “I’m not cut out for this”, “I don’t want to do this for the rest of my life”. I wanted to switch my major, and I honestly think I would have if my parents didn’t tell me not to do it. I was like this all the way up until my Senior year in College. Going into senior year, my mindset was completely different. Even though I hadn’t figured out my purpose, something told me to give it all that I could, and push myself past my limits. That’s a lesson in and of itself.
So when did I figure out my purpose?
Well, one day, while I was home for Thanksgiving break, I was laying on my bed… staring at the ceiling… thinking about life. I know, a little cliché, but that’s not just it. Something told me to pull out my bible and to read the book of Ecclesiastes. I’d remembered the words of Solomon as he told of his experimentation with the ways one could live life, and his conclusions and findings of what he observed. I read the whole book from the beginning of Chapter 1 to the last verse of Chapter 12, writing down scriptures that stood out to me. I came out with three main points.
- Fear God and keep His commandments
- Eat, Drink, and Enjoy the work of our hands, for it is the inheritance of God
- Do what is the joy of our hearts
(Ecclesiastes 3:12-13; 5:18-20; 9: 10-11; 10: 5-6, 9-10)
I found these to be very mind stimulating points. Our sole purpose as humans is to fear God, keep his commandments and enjoy life by doing what brought our hearts joy. Pretty simple, right?… Not quite.
I wasn’t so sure of what it was that brought me joy, I knew what I wanted to do with my life, but I wasn’t sure why I wanted to do it, and that brought into question the reasons behind my decision to even major in biology in the first place, but that will be discussed in the next post.
So I took out pen and paper and wrote down things that I enjoyed doing, writing down anything that came to mind. After I couldn’t think of anything else, I went back to the top and evaluated each item on the list, one by one, asking myself these questions:
- Can I do this for a lifetime and not grow tired of it?
- If I never did this again, would my life be miserable?
- Does this come easy for me?
- Do people respect me when I do this?
- Am I passionate about this?
There was only one item that answered all five questions. And the way my heart warmed when meditating on this was evidence that it was the right one. I thanked God for the revelation.
So, that is how I figured out my purpose, it wasn’t as hard as I thought, but it took a lot of being honest with myself and digging deep. If this way doesn’t work for you there is a Tedx talk that I found to be helpful which also reassured my purpose once again for me. Check it out, and I’d love to hear how it goes for you.
Live life on Purpose, don’t allow people, or society to tell you what to do with your life. A life spent chasing money and fame, without passion will always be a life lacking true happiness. God has given each of us a specific purpose that was designed uniquely for us. They are found in our gifts and talents. Don’t sit on them. It is written in Proverbs 18, verse 16 “A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.” Find your true life purpose, chase it, use it to bring God glory, and I guarantee your life will be great.
I pray God reveals it to you, just as he did for me, may God bless You!