We all reach that point in life when we wake up feeling purposeless and that can be incredibly frustrating. We see others living passionate, engaged, meaningful lives. They have wonderful relationships, great jobs and this sense of direction that gets them out of bed each morning with a happy courage to face the day.
Before I proceed, purpose according to the dictionary is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. It can also mean a person’s sense of resolve or determination.
A quick internet search on what it means to have a purpose generated several things from which I lifted this paragraph below:
“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.”
You know that there is more to the life you are presently living. You don’t believe you are meant to live a lackluster life in which each day is a total drag. No joy, no satisfaction, no knowing that you are actually doing ‘something’…anything. Now, this doesn’t mean that every single day should be a circus, but there should be an overall sense of happiness in your life.
To live a meaningful, enthusiastic, joyful life will require you live purposefully. It would demand you live intentionally, enjoying every moment.
Some live their lives, doing nothing worthwhile or positive with the gift of life, under the guise of trying to still figure out the purpose of their existence. But if you have ever carefully thought about what your purpose is in life, you will realize it isn’t far from you and it is in every word, every action, every value you uphold, every resolve. There are those people who know their purpose, but still they get diverted from them. This is why it is important to make it a duty to live intentionally, being diligently guided by who you are within.
You tend to live a more meaningful life when you know who you are and what you are here for. You know this deep within yourself. Let that light guide you!
But, if you, at this point, still feel purposeless, first of all, relax…
Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
In a sense, you are always living in God’s purpose. Because God works all things, including your life and everything about it, according to his purposes, and He has numbered all your days and will fulfill every purpose He has for you. This knowledge is vital in understanding the Creator’s purpose for your life. I have seen people who ran into really bad situations in their lives and who eventually turned their story into a message and are by it impacting a lot of people positively. When asked, they believe that they are fulfilling purpose by that very act of using their lives as an example to others and being a beacon of hope to many others facing similar situations.
Nevertheless, our choices and actions also have a part to play in steering us, consciously or unconsciously on the path of purpose. Knotty but true. You can choose to be your real self, live your real life and do things that will bring you joy and give you a sense of purpose. Or you can chase another’s shadow and miss out of what you were made for, the joys and reward of being your authentic self. I do not wish the latter for you!
Also, even if you feel like you’re just wandering without any real purpose [yet], know that you’re not lost. You can regain your sense of purpose and discover what God has for your life. What He had in mind when He carefully molded you and placed in you all he did, and gave you the capacity to also build yourself and add to your qualities, strengths and virtues.
J.R.R. Tolkien in his classic book “The Lord of The Rings”, wrote a poem including the line, “Not all who wander are lost.” The same applies to you.
Since we have talked about what really is “finding purpose” in previous posts (please read, if you haven’t), we are going to focus on living purposefully.
First, determine your specific gifts and strengths. Your purpose probably involves the things you’re already good at. Second, determine your passions. What are you particularly passionate about? If money wasn’t an issue, what would you love to spend your life doing?
It is often said that God works at the intersection of our gifts and passions. Where do your gifts meet your passions?
Start from there and live from there, purposefully!
Worried about making a living and surviving in this fast paced, commerce drowned world while following the inner you into life’s purpose? Well, Rancho, from the movie “3 Idiots” has this to say to you:
Follow your passion and success would chase you pants down!
Now, quite frankly, success doesn’t always mean a six figure in your bank account, dainty dinners and cocktail parties in the magnificent mansion of your choice. Success is happiness and fulfillment within.
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