Everyone needs purpose in their life.
I see people in grocery stores, moms at the park, teenagers hanging out, elderly people in the nursing home, and there is always one thing you can almost always pick out by talking to a person.
Do they have purpose?
Words are a good indicator if you have purpose or not. When someone is constantly speaking negative words about their life, it’s a pretty good sign they have not found their purpose. I believe negativity can come from a lack of purpose.
I am not taking about each person running a ministry, or a homeless shelter, or becoming a New York Times best seller. I am talking about something that they are excited to wake up to every single day, when you aren’t just living for the highlights in life, because life is just one big highlight.
You see people trying to find fulfillment in relationships, at work, eating, volunteer work…but if that is not what their purpose is, they will not and cannot be fulfilled by these activities.
Before I go any further, I do want to clarify that I am not talking about identity. There is only one place where we can find our identity and that is in Christ. We are not what we do in life, we are who we are in Christ. Your identity is found in Him.
When I say purpose, I am speaking about a God-given reason to do something. God placed dreams and desires in your heart, and those are the keys to finding your purpose. If you still don’t know what I am talking about let me ask you a few questions to get you thinking…
- Are you excited about life?
- Do you ever look at someone else’s life and wish you could be like them?
- Do you try to find things to take you away from life? Movies, reading, social gatherings…
- Are you satisfied where you are?
- What do you spend your time talking about?
These questions will help you determine if you are truly living life to the fullest. And that’s what purpose is: Living life to the fullest.
Depression is a good sign that you have lost your purpose in life. Purpose brings fulfillment. You cannot be depressed and fulfilled at the same time.
Another thing about purpose is that it always includes other people. It will never be just about you. It will always be about meeting other’s needs though your gifts.
I highly encourage you to start by looking in your local church. Are there needs there? (If they are like any other church, there are.) Are there areas where you can see yourself helping?
Simply start where you are needed. You may not think that helping in the nursery or with toddlers will help transform your life, but believe me, one step in the right direction will lead to other steps into that perfect direction. Before you know it, you will be on the road to finding your true purpose.
God has big plans for you. Don’t miss out on them by settling for less. Take the time right now to search your heart for hidden desires, and ask God to show you the first step in the right direction. He’s ready. Are you?