Now, finding a Purpose for things is easy. A hose brings water from one place to another. A lawn mower cuts the grass. Goggles keep water out of your eyes. A personal purpose is another story. If you feel like a fish out of water — you’re not alone.
I’ve struggled greatly with this, especially through my times of deep depression. As I begin crawling out of my deep, dark hole – I see how important understanding what my purpose is. Yet, there seems to be a huge learning curve. I have no idea where to start.
So let’s start here.
Let’s begin with an exercise:
- Make a list of what your passions are. (Some of mine are: fitness, creativity, listening)
- Make a list of what people tell you you’re good at. (Some things for me are: positivity, encouragement, work ethic)
Keep these lists in mind as you read on:
• Your passions make up the key in your map of life.
They direct you where to focus your energy. They help weed out certain paths so you can stay focused on your own path. They show you where the gold is and which fork not to take when you come to a fork in the road. They lead you to success and understanding, and the create passion within passion to continue your adventure. Listen to those passions. Focus on them.
• The things you excel at are the cities and stops on your map.
You learn from them. You grow from them. They help build up your character and help you understand who you are through other people’s eyes. They help you see how far you’ve come, and where your next stop is. Continue asking others what you excel at. Hone those positive qualities.
• God is the creator of your map.
Ultimately, He’s the one who has blessed you with your gifts, personality, and character. You are the result of God’s beautiful hand — you are a masterpiece. If you struggle with understanding your purpose, like I do on a daily basis, run to Him. He will begin unveiling your understanding. Please remember to always look beyond yourself for your purpose. It’s not just about you, it’s about what you are for others.
Do you have tips for finding purpose that have helped you? What’s worked? What hasn’t? Where are you in your journey for finding your purpose? Where ever you may be — I wish you well.