Recently I’ve been reading a book (or several, I should say) called “Achieving Your Life Mission” by Randal A. Wright. There is a lot of talk about God, the mission we were sent here to earth to do and how to find that mission. While reading it I found a burning desire to wake up every day with a new purpose to fulfill what I think I was sent here to earth to do. This book helped give meaning and direction to my life. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I think when we do these things is when we find happiness. What did God send you to earth to do?
I believe that all things have purpose, even if we have limited understanding. The definition of purpose is, “The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists” (Google dictionary). Mark Twain is believed to have said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born…and the day you find out why.” Finding your purpose may sound cliché, but when you wake up every morning, do you wake up excited and ready to tackle the day, or do you wake up dreading the tasks laid out before you?
I don’t think that all days will be merry and bright. I don’t believe all days will be filled with easiness and comfort. I do believe that when you have a purpose and a focus on others and your mission in life, something within helps you to face the mundane and ordinary days that inevitably come.
So how do we find our purpose? I think it is wise to remember what is said in the book of Matthew, “Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). When we die, our bodies will go to the grave. When we die, our “mansions”, possessions, and money will be left behind to those here on earth. When we die, our knowledge, the way we treated and spent time with people, etc. will be allowed to come with us. Where is our heart? Goethe, a German writer and salesman said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” I have often read in books from stories of successful people who at the end of their life wished they had spent more time with their children or spouse, even though what they contributed to the world was magnificent and great.
An author for Forbes, Margie Warrell, asks four questions to help you find your purpose.
- What makes you come alive?
- What are your innate strengths?
- Where do you add the greatest value?
- How will you measure your life?
She then continued to say, “Ultimately, living with purpose means focusing on things that matter most. Ironically, the things that matter most are rarely “things.” That said, while some people are in a position to trade the security of a regular salary in order to pursue a passion, many simply can’t–at least not in the short term or without violating core values (like paying off debt or providing for their family). But following the money and following your heart don’t have to be mutually exclusive. By shifting the lens in which you view what you are doing now, you can profoundly shift your experience in it. No matter what your job, you can draw meaning from it and find greater purpose through how you do what you do. If you don’t think you’re the kind of person you’d want to work with, then consider that it may not be because of the job you do each day, but your attitude toward it.
Knowing your purpose may compel you to take on challenges that will stretch you as much as they inspire you. Just as a boat under power can handle any size wave if perpendicular to it, when you’re powered by a clear purpose, there is little you cannot do.”
With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). We can find what our purpose is. We can choose to get up each day and be filled with God’s love so that we can fulfill his purpose for us. When we master our self-control, the Master himself guides us into valleys of opportunities and endless blessings. Therefore, “The purpose of life, is a life of purpose.” (Robert Byrne).
I believe in you. I believe you can make miracles happen. And I believe that peace (true inner peace) is the answer.