WHAT IS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE (AND HOW TO FIND IT) By Mike Ward on January 17, 2017

Waking up feeling purposeless is incredibly frustrating. You look around and see your friends and coworkers living passionate, engaged, meaningful lives. They have deep relationships, rewarding jobs and a sense of direction that compels them to hop out of bed each morning with a spring in their step.

You know that God has something good in store for you. You don’t believe he intends you to live a life of painful drudgery in which each day is a total drag. After all, the Bible is chock full of passages about joy. While this certainly doesn’t mean that every single day is a parade and circus, it does mean that an overall sense of gladness should permeate your life.

In Psalm 63:7, David said, “…for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” How can you get to that place? Where, instead of wandering aimlessly through life, you’re actually singing for joy (or just making a joyful noise if you’re not the singing type)?

In this post, we’re going to first talk about some key signs that you may not be living in the fullness of God’s purpose for you. Then we’ll give some key suggestions for how to begin living a meaningful, enthusiastic, joyful life.

6 SIGNS THAT YOU MAY NOT BE LIVING IN GOD’S PURPOSE

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Before we dive into this point, we need to make at least one caveat. In one sense, you are always living in God’s purpose. God is God and He works all things, including your life, according to his purposes. Nothing can happen without God ordaining it.

Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” This is key in understanding God’s purpose for your life. God has numbered your days and will fulfill every purpose He has for you.

However, our choices and actions also really matter. In some ways, this is a mystery we can’t fully understand, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We can choose to do things that will bring us more joy and give us more of a sense of purpose. That’s where we’re headed in this post. We want to help you identify those choices you can make to bring more excitement and God-given purpose into your life.

But first, here are 6 signs that you don’t have much purpose in your life.

YOU’RE BLATANTLY LIVING IN SIN.

Let’s start with the obvious here. If you’re blatantly disobeying the Bible, you’re not living in God’s purpose and you will certainly experience a sense of aimlessness in your life. This one is pretty straightforward so we don’t need to spends too much time here.

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YOU LACK JOY AND EXCITEMENT.

If you wake up every day filled with apathy or dread or total boredom, you’re probably not doing what you were meant to do. God has created you uniquely, has really good things planned for you and one of the fruits of the Spirit is joy (Galatians 5:22). Sure, there will be difficult things you encounter that require patience and persistence, but overall you should have a sense of joy and excitement that fills your days, your work and your relationships.

In his book “Desiring God,” John Piper says:

The pursuit of joy in God is not optional. It is not an “extra” that a person might grow into after he comes to faith.

YOU DON’T FEEL MUCH FULFILLMENT IN LIFE.

If you go about your days experiencing little fulfillment, you may be wandering from your God-given purpose. Fulfillment comes from doing rewarding, meaningful, purposeful things. From a job that taps into your skills and passions. From a relationship that involves giving and receiving. From hobbies that are invigorating instead of mind-numbing. Yes, you’ll have to do certain things that are boring and unfulfilling, but if you’re entire life is gray, you probably need a change.

YOU WORK SO THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK.

You know the feeling of pointless work. You go to the office, clock in, do your job, then go home and collapse in front of the television. You work for the weekends and for retirement. All true joy you experience comes from things outside of work. From hobbies or friends or side jobs.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”

Would you say that this kind of joy characterizes your life and work? If not, you may need to rethink where you’re headed.

YOU FEEL STUCK.

If you desperately want a change but also feel totally stuck in your life, that’s almost certainly a sign that you’re not walking according to God’s purpose. Those who are stuck want to go in a particular direction but don’t know how to get there. So they spin their wheels, feeling endlessly frustrated but unsure of how to make the frustration end. Do you feel trapped?

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YOU HAVE NO DIRECTION.

If you don’t know God’s purpose for your life, you constantly feel a sense of aimlessness. You feel as though you’re wandering from thing to thing without any forward progress. Nothing excites you and you don’t have any specific goals you’re working toward. Unlike the Israelites, who wandered for 40 years yet still had a goal (the Promised Land), you don’t even have a goal in front of you.

https://www.cornerstone.edu/blogs/lifelong-learning-matters/post/what-is-gods-purpose-for-your-life-and-how-to-find-it#targetText=Psalm%2057%3A2%20says%2C%20%22,and%20actions%20also%20really%20matter.

What Is Your Purpose In Life-Dharius Daniels

I appreciate Pastor Dharius’s focus on educating the masses regarding their purpose on earth. Everyone was born with a calling on their life, and it isn’t necessarily working for “the man”. It’s to fulfill a need for something missing on earth and when it isn’t done, those requiring your assigned contributions to the world aren’t met. I always refer to myself as a late bloomer because I’ve learned much of what really matters later in life. I realized I wasn’t planted in an environment where the message could manifest, which is in a church where the Pastor manages to connect with my heart. Always so busy working 2-3 jobs the last thirty-one years, I couldn’t hear God’s calling on my life through the noise. Once educated that I was born with a calling on my life, it made sense. Not once in my thirty-seven years of working have I been happy in my position.  I accepted positions that provided for my children as a single mom. This year I heard God loud and clear because I made space by quitting my part-time job. My purpose is to partner with Him to support those with mental health challenges, which runs in my family.

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My nonprofit, Dsquared Homes for the Homeless (Dsquared4homeless.org) was an idea in February and reality in April. I was worried about taking the leap of faith because I knew nothing about nonprofits. That’s why it was a relief to learn that the gifts, talents, and skills required are already inside of me. HE has my back and if I weren’t sure, it has already been proven by the supernatural growth Dsquared has had in these few short months. Soon I will post a blog on our three different programs supporting the homeless community but for today, I’m working hard to complete the book started three years ago, Renewal of the Mind: The Upside to Schizophrenia. October 31st is my updated and last deadline. While I thought sharing my family story that proves recovery from mental health is possible, I was thinking too small and it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Dsquared will create a movement that supports our mission to create transitional housing for the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) population. It doesn’t matter who refuses to help when God has already what it will be.

3 Unexpected Ways to Find Your Life Purpose ByShannon Kaiser, Contributor 04/19/2014 04:01pm EDT | Updated September 25, 2017

That feeling that something is missing goes away when you lead a passion-filled life. The need to seek our purpose comes from a lack of passion. When you don’t feel connected to your life, you lack purpose and passion.
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Do you feel lost or as if something is missing in your life? Maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world than you feel you are, but you aren’t sure how. So many of us walk through life, feeling numb and desperate for a deeper connection, but aren’t sure how to get it.

The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is, but if you don’t know what your purpose is than you don’t know why you are here, and it can be hard to keep going.

 

I know this feeling all too well. I used to suffer immense inner turmoil while trying hard to find my purpose. I was in a job I hated, working in advertising under fluorescent lights, and suffocating from the stale corporate air. I saw people like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake shine so brightly when they performed. I wanted what they had, infectious passion, a thirsty love for life and an unyielding connection to their work.

I struggled daily to figure out my purpose, but it wasn’t until I took a step back and realized that my purpose isn’t “figure-outable” from my head that I found a way to get there. I thought to myself, “Maybe the problem isn’t that I don’t know what my purpose is; the problem is the way I am trying to find my purpose.”

 

We can’t think our way into our life’s passion and purpose, we have to do our way in. This means taking steps towards what you want, and removing those things in your life that you don’t want. I left my successful corporate job on a mission to find my happy, and it came by taking one step at a time and exploring many different passions. If you are looking for your purpose and passion, stop looking and start doing. These steps will help you.

 

How to Find Your Purpose and Passion

 

1. Get More Action

 

You can’t think your way into finding your life purpose; you have to do your way into it. Take a mental note from Nike and Just Do It. The more we act, the more we get clear on things. So instead of overthinking it — Will this work out? Should I try that? What if I don’t like it? What if I don’t make money at it? Start taking steps toward your goals and start trying new things. This will help you get out of your own way. I struggled for years trying to find out what my purpose was. This cycle only created a deeper lack of clarity. It wasn’t until I started doing that things changed for me. I began writing, and sent a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. The second I received the letter of acceptance was unlike any ever before, love flooded into my heart and I knew that this was what I had to do with my life. You see though, I had to start writing to learn that my biggest passion was indeed writing. That only came with consistent action.

The experience is the reward; clarity comes through the process of exploring. Action is where you get results.

 

2. Drop From Your Head to Your Heart

 

Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. Ask yourself what you love? Start taking steps to do what you love. When you are inspired and connected to your happy self, inspiration floods your heart and soul. When you lead from your heart, you are naturally more joyful and motivated to explore. By doing what you love, you will be inspired and gain insights into what brings you the most joy.

 

3. Break Up with The “ONE”

Many of us struggle because we try to find that ONE thing that we are meant to do; but trying to find only one thing is the reason why we feel like something is missing. The notion that we have only one thing we are meant for limits us from fulfilling our greatness. Take me for example; I have six different job titles. I’m a life coach, travel writer, author, speaker, teacher, mentor, designer, and each thing I do brings me joy, but none of these are my purpose, they are my passions. So start getting in touch with your passions! When you lead a passionate life you are living your life on purpose.

Let go of thinking there is only one purpose for you and embrace the idea that our purpose in life is to love life fully by putting ourselves into our life! This means we jump in and try new things; we stop resisting the unknown and we fully engage in what is happening right here, where we are. To lead a purposeful life, follow your passions.

When we live a passion-filled life we are living on purpose, and that is the purpose of life.That feeling that something is missing goes away when you lead a passion-filled life. The need to seek our purpose comes from a lack of passion. When you don’t feel connected to your life, you lack purpose and passion. To fix this emptiness simply add more passion.

To boil it down, remember this simple equation:

 

Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life

Consider that the real purpose of anyone’s life is to be fully involved in living. Try to be present for the journey and fully embrace it. Soon you will be oozing with passion, and you will feel so purposeful and fulfilled you will wonder how you lived life without it. Enjoy the journey into your own awesome life.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/3-unexpected-ways-to-find_b_5176511

From The Mouth of Toure’ Roberts

I’m all about sharing the importance of fulfilling your purpose. Especially since I’ll be 53 in a few days and have been in the trap for twenty-years. Familiar paid the bills so I could take care of my kids, purpose took a back seat. In fact, I’ve only recently learned EVERYONE is born with a specific purpose. I’ve learned you aren’t in your calling when existing only for the weekend and hate Mondays.  That’s been me all my life, but now that I know my purpose, I’m intentionally working towards exiting stage left! Feel free to join me! If clarity is needed to pinpoint your sweet spot, I suggest subscribing to Ken Coleman podcasts and purchasing his book, Proximity Principle. Consider today’s share,  a life-changing page from Purpose Awakening, your call to action 🙂

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