God designed all of us on purpose, for a purpose. And that purpose is not centered on you. Sorry to say it, some of you have no purpose in life. I can say that because I use to be such a person.
Perhaps your decisions have made it difficult to find that purpose. Not living a life of substance and foolish decision creates consequences. Walk this path long enough and you become buried in mistakes and regret. Life is simply survival; reacting negatively to everything.
Perhaps you have created a value system that is at odds with your true purpose. In our culture, success and status is so esteemed that the basic human needs of reciprocal relationship and community are sacrificed to gain it. Perhaps you stopped dreaming of a life of significance because all around you is the mundane. Every day feels the same. And each day you get a little number. The hope a New Year is already fading to the normal every day.
All of us long for meaning.
We all long for a life that matters. Doing what matters and finding meaning is tied intricately with finding your purpose. Miriam- Webster’s Dictionary defines purpose as:
1: the reason why something is done or used: the aim or intention of something
2: the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something
3: the aim or goal of a person: what a person is trying to do, become, etc.
For many years, I sought my purpose. I had many goals and dreams. But I always lacked the anchored knowledge that I was pursuing what I was made for. I constantly spread myself to thin. Life was a bit of a roller coaster. I would work very hard, get ahead, but hit a bench mark and find no peace. No fulfillment. There was always this feeling of, “There has got to be more than this.”
I stumbled on a wonderful business book called The One Thing.
A few key sentences helped give me the perspective I needed to change my life forever. I’m paraphrasing but he said “Let’s take out the entire heavy connotation with purpose and meaning. What is the one major thing you want your life to be about? What can you be ‘all in’ on?”
If you don’t know or don’t have it, then my friend, it is time to begin the journey to finding it.
What is it that gets you out of bed on the days you don’t want to? Get to know yourself better. What do you love and what bores you to tears? Which strengths do you have and what are your weaknesses? What is it in this messed up world that when you see it you think,” Someone needs to do something about that! “When you come alive, what makes you come alive? The world does not need another widget or another soulless millionaire or another person who gave up. It desperately needs people who are alive.
Find your purpose. It matters. You matter. Your purpose matters to this world because no one can do it but you. If you don’t find it and you don’t fulfill it, the world will lose that brush stroke of God forever.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but the Lord’s Purpose prevails. – Proverbs 19:21
With God’s help, and your commitment, you will seek, and you will find; in Jesus name.