When I got serious about finding my God given purpose, I thought I could help God in the process by reading “self-help” books, listening to TedX talks, watching Oprah, etc… Alas! Romans 8:6 says, “Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious free life.”
I have come to realize that the first step in finding my purpose is acknowledging that it’s all about God, and not about me.
In Genesis, God told Abraham to pack up his family and “head out.” I read that chapter with so much judgment in my heart saying, “Oh Lord, I know you have my best interest in heart, but sir, there’s no way I’ll just “head out!” It seems aimless and stupid to human eyes, but God knows what He has planned, and He’s asking me to drop my doubts and faithlessness and agree that I am NOTHING without God. I was created for God, and until I can wrap my mind around that, life will never make sense. I’m forever going to be a work-in-progress, but I’m glad to say yes, I’m getting better at this ‘putting my total faith in Him’ thing, only by the Grace of God, and by crying out for help!
Finding my purpose is different from being successful. As Rick puts it, “I could reach all my personal goals, become a raving success by the world’s standards, and still miss the purpose for which God created me! Mark 8:35 says, “Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, God’s way, to finding yourself, your true self.” One quick way to access if you’re in God’s path, is to view your schedule. If you always seem to be scrambling for time, too busy, no time for relaxation, evaluate things. God’s purpose should lead you to do less- by focusing on what matters most, not by having a crazy schedule.
Several philosophers were asked the meaning of life. Some offered their best guesses, some admitted they made up their answers, others said they had no clue! The alternative, and way to finding His purpose is through revelations, which can come easily by studying His word, or through dreams, prophecies, encounters through your spirit, etc.
I have three nuggets for the day:
- You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- God was thinking about you, long before you had your first thought about Him! You may choose your spouse, career, hobbies, etc. But, you don’t get to choose your purpose.
- The purpose of your life fits into a much larger purpose for which God has designed eternity
Food for Thought: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?
39 days to go! I encourage you all to take this journey with me, let’s dialogue! Share with your loved ones, and have a great week ahead! xoxo.