The need for purpose in your life
Each of us has a purpose on this earth. Even if we don’t know what it is. Our life has relevance, whether or not we see it or believe it. Your life matters. There’s a reason why you’re on this earth. There’s a part in this universe that can only be fulfilled by you. No one else can take your place. No matter how many deviations your life takes, you’ll always have the possibility of living in your life purpose, should you choose to do so. It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are. Whether you’re 18 or 80. Whenever you discover your life purpose, you can start living in it, if you aren’t already doing so.
I didn’t used to think you need to know the purpose for your life. I thought knowing what I was passionate about was enough. Passion and purpose are not the same thing. I believe God will use your passion to fulfill the purpose for your life. Psalm 138 verse 8 states “God will fulfill his purpose for me”. This verse made me trust that the purpose for my life would be fulfilled even without me knowing it. It will, but knowing it has changed things around for me. It has added meaning to my life, brought alignment and peace that I don’t believe I would have otherwise. It has also showed me how much God trusts me and what He trusts me with and that even though He’s the driver, I now know where I’m going.
Why purpose matters
1. It gives your life meaning and direction
When you know your purpose, your life will have meaning and direction. When you have that, you’ll be able to make better choices and decisions. It’s not something you can just give up like you could your latest fancy. You don’t have to feel rushed because it’s not something you can achieve and move on, it’s a lifetime thing.
2. It brings alignment into your life
When you are aware of what you should do with your life, things make more sense. You feel a sense of alignment. You don’t feel there’s discord in your being. You become more at peace. At least that’s what happened for me. I still wonder about certain things and face disappointments but at the end of the day, I know my life matters and there’s a purpose for my life.
3. It gives you a reason why
It’s easy to just live your life aimlessly, not knowing why you do what you do. When you know the purpose for your life, it forms your “why?” Where you face difficulties or opposition, your why will give you a reason to keep going.
Many people have given different ways to find out the purpose for your life. These ways have helped others figure out their purpose. Here I’m going to share my experience because that’s how I discovered mine. It doesn’t prove or disprove any other way a person may find out their purpose, it just tells you what worked for me. After reading you can decide if it will work for you or if you will take a different route.
How I discovered the purpose for my life
I’ve written about it in my free book Do you have an ‘H?’ so I’ll use an extract from that:
Whilst reading the book In a pit with a lion on a snowy day by Mark Batterson, he suggested that we should ask God what we should do with our lives. I had never thought to ask that. I asked God what I should do with my life. Within days of asking that I kept seeing this verse everywhere, Ephesians 2 verse 10 which says: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I must have seen it 3 or 4 times in less than 48 hours. I knew God was telling me something but I wasn’t sure what exactly. Then the next morning even though I was reading a different book of the Bible I felt compelled to read a chapter from another book of the Bible. I read it.
That day, I watched two separate sermons and they all preached about the part I had read that morning. I knew God was telling me something but I had an event to attend that evening so I didn’t get a chance to dwell on it too much.
The next day I watched a sermon where the preacher preached on this same part of the Bible. In less than 48 hours I had read this part of the Bible and watched 3 different preachers preach on it. I sat down and asked God to reveal to me what exactly He was saying. When He did I realized it was the answer to my question of what I should do with my life. When I saw how big a task it was, I freaked out.
I started hyperventilating and crying. It felt like I was having a panic attack. Then from nowhere Ephesians 2 verse 10 came to my mind, the verse I had kept seeing a few days before. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I said that verse to myself over and over until I calmed down because that verse made me see that God has already prepared it all, I just have to walk in it. This means God knew that when I found out what I was meant to do I would freak out and had me memorize that verse before I needed it. God doesn’t leave anything to chance.
Because I asked God, now I know the purpose for my life. I believe in fulfilling my purpose, God will allow me to live out my dreams as well.
I believe only your maker can tell you what your purpose is. I don’t know how or what it’s going to look like for you but for me I found out mine through asking my maker, God. Because I now know the purpose for my life I’m able to move forward in things I never could have imagined doing or being a part of. Hosea Women International is an example of that. I might not know what your purpose on this earth is but I believe if you ask God to tell you what it is, He will.