Are you longing to know your purpose and left wondering:
Where can it be found?
What is it?
How can you make a difference?
Maybe you feel like your wandering down a path, but yet you’re directionless.
If so, let’s start with these questions:
What are you gifted to do?
What are your talents?
What do others say you do well?
What legacy would you love to leave?
What do you dream of doing?
Chances are if you’ve been wondering about your purpose, you’ve been asking yourself those questions for years. Maybe you’re even beginning to feel like that puzzle that you’ve worked so hard to put together, but when you get to the end you realize there is one piece missing.
Oh I know that feeling well. I told my husband one day, “I long to be a perfectly completed 1000 piece puzzle, but I realize I’m more of a mosaic — jagged chipped edges and all. My life’s pieces don’t fit together nice and neat. However, God has used each piece to make something beautiful and positively me as He is the mortar that holds my life together.”
However, there was something deep down that made the answers to all those questions above precious. If you take time to research and question yourself, the answers will begin to explain and reveal the purpose of your uniqueness; your call on life. If you’ve never taken time to examine and know yourself deep down to the core, take some moments – days – or weeks to do that. But I need to warn you, don’t get hung up with that part of your journey.
Hello, my name is Alene and I’m a self-help addict! I struggled for years trying to find that all illusive “one purpose” that I was created for. If you are a “self-help” junkie like me, you probably live in the self-help section of the bookstore. I sure did! I couldn’t get enough information about personalities, strengths, leadership, passions and so on. I read continuously everything I could get my hands on and my mind around, YET I was still frustrated. Why couldn’t I figure out my purpose?
I learned a lot about myself in the process (that was a good thing), but after finishing every book and exercise within I still walked away feeling empty. Journaling daily the answers to the questions listed above I felt empty. I wondered if I had anything unique to offer.
Trying to fit my life into this perfect puzzle, I finally found the piece I was missing. If you are struggling to come to peace with the purpose you are uniquely made for, don’t give up. There is one key component that most self-help books do not present and that is your gifts were meant to serve others.
I thought for years my purpose and gifts were for me. If I was created to write, speak, or be a photographer then those unique attributes were there to make me who I was. While at the core part of that is truth, I was wearing the wrong thinking cap. Deep down my purpose didn’t have anything to do with “me.” My purpose, gifts, talents, were all for serving and helping others.
Missing that piece of your purpose puzzle is critical because that’s where the intimate experience of our purposeful life springs forth. The joy of seeing another person benefit from the way we serve them is priceless. It measures beyond any feeling of trying to be “someone” with a unique purpose.
Think about this for a moment, have you ever been where you are so caught up in the moment of what you are doing that all your emotion, passion, and soul feel like one and your lost in time? That moment. that piece of time, that emotion is priceless.
Maybe you weren’t quite sure where that sweet emotion came from, but there was no denying that something was stirring within your soul. Chances are at that moment the gifts you have collided with another soul in some profound way and thus your true purpose was able to shine forth. < —- click here to tweet.
That full-blown soul-enriching emotion you experienced says so much.
It says . . . this is a moment I’ll never forget.
It says . . . there is something to this that resonates with my soul.
It says . . . this thing I’m doing touches the very core of my heart.
It says . . . this is how I long to serve others.
It says . . . this is where I want to be.
It says . . . this is what I’m called to do.
It says . . . THIS is my purpose.