There are hundreds of books dedicated to finding your life’s purpose, yet still most of us are not much closer to actually realizing it.
It’s the standard answer to the question ‘what do you really want to do?’ I’d like to make a difference. So you would like to help people. Have you investigated ways in which you may be able to help? What can you offer? These are some of the questions you can ask yourself to start.
Long before we can help others we have to get things right in our own lives. We must learn to live our lives based on our beliefs and standards. Do you walk it like you talk it, or do you just tell people what they like to hear? When we know what is important to us, we can live our lives based on accomplishing both short and long-term goals that bring us toward the life we wish to live.
Start “trimming the fat” in your life. Do the activities you participate in right now bring you closer to your goals? Do you spend hours watching sports or TV when you could be reading or learning? Do you take care of yourself by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep? Do you have people in your life that drag you down instead of lift you up?
Keep in mind that the way we live each day and what we do for recreation is what our lives become. We are what we do as much as we are what we eat. That also goes for the type of people we choose to spend time with.
Sometimes we must do things we do not like to pay the bills. Think about life for a minute and answer this question: If you could do anything what would you do? Now that you know what you would be doing, ask this: What are you doing to get to where you wish to be? What is really stopping you? All these situations, including your current one, are temporary – steps along the way of life. Life can just be steps to nowhere or steps towards a lifetime of purpose.
I have been up and down in life. I’ve had many toys and no toys. Today, I could care less about any of that stuff. I do not care about wearing something with a logo, I do not care that I live in flyover country. I am happy being me – I enjoy each day.
How many people do you know who seem to have everything in life, yet are not happy? Maybe they have tied their purpose into stuff or a position. Maybe they are looking for purpose in another person or they are chasing a high. Those things bring nothing but heartache.
If you live your life seeking the happiness you see in a tv show, a movie or a magazine, you will never find what you are looking for in real life. It’s all made up. Every single show is scripted, with many people studying it to make the most impact so they can make money. There is no reality in the media – only in what you see day to day around you.
I used to decide how to spend my time and my money based on what I would get in return – what was in it for me. Would it make me “happy?” Then, a few years ago I began to change. I started to do things for others around me, not expecting anything in return. Making a difference doesn’t begin when you leave to help people in a third world country, and it doesn’t begin when you give lots of money to a charity. It begins when you find something you can do for someone around you. Use your skills to be a blessing to those around you.
Have faith, trust in God’s plan for your life. Know that you are equipped with everything you need to fulfill his will. You too can live a life with purpose.
And we know all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.