Purpose is a curious thing isn’t it?
Bestselling books have been written about it, speeches and sermons are given regularly on it… yet… still millions of people continue to search for it.
Why does it appear to be so elusive for some and so clear for others?
Personally I think it has more to do with how many of us look at or perceive Purpose to be.
In one of the small groups I was in a few years back we talked about Purpose a lot. One night everyone was asked about their Purpose and I was quite surprised by the answers. Most felt they had no clue of their purpose and as a result, were admittedly struggling with their feelings. When prodded a little more, many opened up and shared how they’d hear about others “finding their purpose” and wonder why they couldn’t seem to find theirs, at least with the same sort of clarity. They were frustrated. They desperately wanted to know their Purpose so they could determine if they were on the right track to fulfilling it, but not knowing (for sure) left them with more questions than answers.
Maybe you can relate?
It’s easy to try and put Purpose into a box, as if it has defined lines and is easily understood, but it’s not (at least for most of us). Yes, there are some people who knew from the time they were born that they they were meant to do ____ or become ____ or achieve _____ but for the majority of us, that just doesn’t appear to be the case.
Here’s where I think the problem really exists with Purpose….
It’s easy to look at your life and try to think that you have ONE grand purpose and try to seek it, but what if you don’t? What if you have multiple purposes and God simply wants you to live your life on Purpose in order to find your Purpose?
Let me unpack that a little…
I’m convinced that many of us get trapped by the pursuit of Purpose. We build it up as if it’s that one big thing that we are meant to achieve but I don’t think purpose is one big thing at all. I think Purpose is the sum of many little things that make up the whole of who we are, who we become, and what impact we are able to make in this world.
What I see happen in too many people is that they become almost paralyzed by Purpose. They don’t “think” they know it so they just go through the motions, hoping that one day it will be revealed to them but I’m not sure that Purpose is like that. It’s not a treasure box buried in the woods that we go digging for.
I believe that Finding our Purpose starts by Living on Purpose.
It’s done by us choosing every day to make decisions that better us and better those around us. It’s revealed in deciding not to let fear hijack our potential. It’s saying no to the mediocrity that poisons who we can become and the contribution that we can make. Its recognizing that we are active participants in God’s plan, that we are all called, and that as a result we have a responsibility to step forward in faith, action and intentionality.
Don’t let another day go by merely seeking Purpose. Instead, make the choice to live your life on Purpose.
And, as my friend Jon Gordon says, “your purpose will then find you.”
That simple shift changes everything.
What do you think about Purpose and our pursuit of it? Leave a comment below.