I have been doing a study on purpose, as well as we talked about it in the Women's meeting. Danny is also doing a Sunday morning study on God's will for you life, Titled, God's blueprint. So there seems to be a lot of talk about purpose and I wanted to go deeper into it, so here goes.
I want to say for me, purpose is easy. It's to be a blessing to others, share Christ, and make an impact. As you get deeper though, purpose can be a job, a volunteer opportunity, a ministry, etc…
You can look at it in three ways, our Eternal purpose, which is easy- Matt 28:19.
Our Earthy purpose, wife, mother, nurse, ministry leader, etc. Then there is our personal purpose.
Then on a deeper level what is my purpose: How can I be more intentional about my purpose. It can be broken down even more. What can I do to make the world a better place. Well, go back to the earthly purpose, make your own list,and look at it, study it. Isn't the earthly purpose good enough? No, we were not created to just be mom(according to today's standards), we have to be the stay at home mom, who home schools, has a business on the side, and oh yeah, writes a book or gets their blog published. We can't be the ministry leader who just leads a hum-drum life and blesses a few people and invests in others, we must get published or better yet, have a speaking engagement or two. I guess they have obtained their personal purpose or what they think makes them valuable, important or achieved in life.
Let me tell you, it's all about perspective.
Go back to your eternal purpose, write down Matt 28:19. How about telling others about God, discipling, isn't that good enough? That could be your whole life's purpose according to God's will for you life. You could be in a cubicle job for the rest of your life working to makes ends meet and survive this world, but if you are telling others about Christ and discipling, then you have met your eternal purpose. Wow, how simple it is, yet so hard.
All the other stuff, is stuff the world has told us makes us successful, worthy, important, and achieved. From a child you learn what success looks like whether it's from looking at your parents or grandparents, and you begin to make goals for your life. Then you go to college and your perspective may change and maybe your parents success isn't what you mold your success by any longer, but someone you met at college who is changing the world other ways. Your perspective changes, but you still feel you must meet certain goals to be worthy,achieved and important. You are molded by your family, and your peers no matter if you are financially driven,or even Godly driven.
It's all about perspective
Go simple, Go back to your Eternal purpose. Meditate on that, get that down to a fine art, allow God to mold you into THAT person. You will change your immediate environment, then your community, then the world.
You will find your purpose when you put God first, look around you, live in the moment, now, here, what can you do to make your immediate environment better, there is work all around you, it's right in front of you.