I have to admit that at some point, I was envious of people who seemed to have “mastered” life and appeared to be living purposefully. While I felt like I was wandering through life like a nomad in no specific direction, they seemed to have figured out their purpose and calling and were living the fulfilled life I so much craved.
I imagined I must have been out to lunch the day God handed out purposes and as a result missed out on mine; I seriously believed I had been overlooked. It wasn’t until I learned that every single thing and person in existence has a distinct purpose that I finally got really excited about life and determined to discover mine.
Every human being craves significance & relevance and wants to feel that their life is meaningful. In his book, Unleash your Purpose, Myles Munroe states “the greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without purpose.” It’s no wonder so many people feel empty and are dissatisfied with their lives.
A life lived without purpose not only feels empty but can be life-draining as well. Until we discover our purpose for living, we will waste a great deal of time, money and energy in the pursuit of things that won’t bring us fulfillment or happiness and serve only to delay our true calling in life.
Your purpose and assignment in life is unique to you, only you can fulfill it and are perfect for it. God has equipped you and instilled in you everything you need to fulfill his intended purpose for your life in way of the talents, gifts, qualities, characteristics, abilities and skills you possess.
What comes naturally for you? What are you really good at? What are you passionate about or derive satisfaction doing? What do people compliment you on often? These are some questions, along with deep contemplation that can help you determine your purpose. You will find that what you love and desire to do naturally is often what you were born to do.
Often times we compare ourselves with others and feel like we don’t measure up and try to emulate others without realizing that we all have something special to offer, we have a contribution to make in life.
We limit ourselves in thinking that since we don’t have the most obvious and sought after talents such as singing, acting, dancing and so on, that we really don’t have much to offer at all. I guess that’s the real reason behind celebrity fascination, their lives seem larger than life and their talents/gifts so obvious and “exciting”.
It’s easy to feel like we are pale in comparison when we idolize others so much and fail to recognize our own significance. Your talents, skills and gifts might not be as grand, glamorous and attention-grabbing or even land you on Forbes World’s richest list but they are important nonetheless.
Never underestimate yourself or the difference you can make in the lives of others. Know that while you are waiting on life to reveal to you your calling, life is also waiting for you to finally discover why you are here and really start living life.
Along with your purpose comes the provision with which to fulfill it. Once you determine your purpose and choose to actively pursue it, doors will open for you that will enable you to do what you have been called to do. You will receive provision through guidance and ideas or encounter people and circumstances that will facilitate the manifestation of your purpose and help bring it to fruition.
Rest assured that you were created for a divine reason, are extremely significant and that God does indeed have a purpose and plan for your life.