Six Questions That Helped me Start Working Towards my Purpose
What is the meaning of life on this physical plane, called earth? Is there a definite reason for our being, here, at this present moment? Is our presence on earth, now, significantly contributing to a much bigger scheme and intent? Knowingly or unknowingly, these are questions that we all are trying to answer each day that we live. The social systems, the school systems, the business and political realms, religious institutions, and etcetera, have all been initiated in a human bid to find the answers to the above questions.
Considering the fact that, even, we, human beings with our God- given creative ability, manufacture nothing without a reason or expected function, we can be sure that the creator of all of creation in the natural realm and beyond, has a reason for everything He made. So why are so many people lost in the area of intentional living? Why have so many people become frustrated, living day in and day out without a purposeful drive?
In a commencement address at Princeton, future American president Woodrow Wilson proclaimed, “We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, and afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction. There are many voices of counsel, but few voices of vision; there is much excitement and feverish activity, but a little concert of thoughtful purpose. We are distressed by our ungoverned, undirected energies and do many things, but nothing for long. It is our duty to find who we truly are.” Woodrow Wilson made that statement in 1907! Imagine what he might have said if he were alive today.
In his book titled “Think Big”, Former accomplished neurosurgeon and author, Ben Carson noted, “God has given to every one of us more than fourteen billion cells and connection in our brain. Now, why would God give us such a complex organ system unless He expects us to use it?”
Here are six questions that helped me start working towards my reason for being.
- At what have I done well so far in life? All of us have special abilities, often undeveloped, sometimes ignored, and frequently used without our realizing that they are gifts to us from God. Knowing yourself and what you are good at is one of the most important things you’ll ever do in this life. “The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” —Nathaniel Branden
2. What do I desire strongly to do? Passion gives you an advantage over others because one person with passion is greater than ninety-nine who have only an interest! Passion gives you the energy to press on toward a worthy course. Do you know what drives you from within? Maria Bartiromo says, “Every passion-driven person I’ve met has a strong sense of his or her unique abilities and aspirations. They’re leaders in their domain, and they dare to pursue their God-inspired inner drives according to their own convictions, not according to society’s expectations.”
3. What do I do well and think of as fun although others see it as work or as a boring activity? The work that I do is a calling on my life. When I write songs or articles or communicate, I know, I was born for this. It uses my gifts. It gives me energy. It makes a difference in the lives of others. It gives me fulfillment and a touch of the eternal. You can have the same kind of satisfaction if you do the things that make use of your innate abilities; if you do the things you were meant to do, and do them for the right reasons.
4. Do I Know What to Do So I Can be all that I am born to be? Take the time to look at where your current choices and activities are taking you. Do something specific every day that will take you another step closer to your goal. When you become aware of your present state and start to take diligent growth-focused actions in any specific area of your life, you start attracting like-minded people. The Law of Magnetism in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership says, “Who you are is who you attract.” If you’re committed, you attract others who are committed. You need growing, purpose-driven and committed people around you.
5. Do I Know People Who Do What I feel called to Do? Every person who can help you is not necessarily the right person to help you. Find people ahead of you who are able to show you the way forward. If you have discovered what your special abilities are, and the work that will make good use of your gifts, start finding people who have or do excellently, what you feel called to do, and learn from them. Personally, for me, as an aspiring leader and excellent communicator, I have a number of people I learn from, but Jesus Christ is my first mentor.
6. When Can I Start living intentionally and on purpose? Ask people when they will do what they desire strongly to do, and most answer that they hope to do it “someday.” Nobody ever got ready by waiting. You only get ready by starting. Start today! Wherever you find yourself now. You may not need to quit your current job (although some do) but you will have to restructure your daily activities to make room for daily growth in the area of your call or the work you feel drawn toward.
Just like sheep that crowd timidly into the center of a herd, so many people try to get into the middle of “the crowd”. That seems to give them a better chance of avoiding the “blows” and criticisms of friends and acquaintances who are marching year-in-year-out with no definite and unique intent or purpose in mind. They say there are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why. I want to encourage you to seek what you were put on this earth to do. Then pursue it with all your effort.
If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference,
To embark on something worth doing,
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily—
But for something that tugs at your heart,
Something that’s your deep aspiration,
Something that’s your God-given dream.
Let your passions lead you to your destiny. With God, I can… you can… we can!