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Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

Discovering your life's purpose is what makes life meaningful

What is Purpose? 

Purpose answers the timeless question: “Why do I exist?” It transcends daily routines, providing a force that propels you forward, guiding every action and giving meaning to who you are. Think of your purpose as your life’s mission that empowers you to live beyond yourself and fulfill a greater calling. Jesus’s instruction, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19-20), perfectly illustrates this overarching mission. Your purpose is your mission, the foundation from which your goals and ambitions arise, inspiring you to live out what truly matters.

Identity and Core Values

Before diving into purpose, it’s essential to understand your identity and core values. If you haven’t identified your family’s core values, take a moment to do so. These values will be crucial in uncovering both your individual and family purpose. To discover your purpose, start by exploring your identity. Reflect on questions like, “What are my core values?” Are you someone who spreads joy effortlessly? Do you have a knack for helping others? Bring God into this reflective process; He’ll reveal your core values, making it easier to identify your family’s purpose.

Purpose Brings Depth to Identity

Purpose adds depth to your identity, creating a narrative connecting various life aspects. It brings clarity, significance, and passion to who you are and how you live. Purpose stabilizes you and helps determine the direction you need to go in life. It fuels your ambitions, inspiring proactive and passionate pursuits. Life feels more fulfilling and meaningful when your actions align with your values and aspirations.

God’s Plan and Your Purpose

The dreams and desires within you are not accidental. Colossians 1:16 states, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” As you walk with God, He shapes your heart to resemble His. By seeking God’s guidance, you’ll find answers far greater than your own. God gives us goals, and we progressively fulfill our purpose through His strength.

Practical Steps to Discover and Live Your Purpose

Reflect on Your Core Values – Spend time identifying and understanding your core values. What matters most to you? Write these down and reflect on how they influence your daily life.

Seek Divine Guidance – Pray and ask God for clarity on your purpose. Read scriptures and reflect on their meaning. A few key verses to consider are Exodus 9:16, Matthew 28:19-20, and Colossians 1:16.

Set Meaningful Goals – Based on your values and reflections, set specific, actionable goals that align with your purpose. For example, if you value sustainability, set a goal to reduce household waste.

Take Small, Consistent Steps – Purposeful living isn’t about grand gestures but consistent, small actions. Each step should reflect your values and contribute to your larger mission.

Embrace Your Unique Qualities – Recognize and embrace your unique talents and strengths. Consider how these can be used to contribute to your community, profession, or relationships.

Stay Open to Growth – Your purpose will evolve over time. Be open to personal growth and new experiences that can reshape your understanding and direction.

 

Living Purposefully

Living with purpose means your actions resonate deeply with your values and aspirations. Imagine someone passionate about conserving the planet. They might set a goal to reduce household waste and adopt sustainable practices. Each action they take contributes to a sense of fulfillment, reinforcing their commitment to the earth. Meaningful goals aligned with purpose create a life lived with intention.

Job 42:2 reminds us, “I see that you are able to do everything, and to give effect to all your designs.” This verse highlights the unstoppable nature of God’s plans for our lives. Every individual has unique talents and a distinct calling. By embracing these, you can fulfill your role in the world, contributing meaningfully and living authentically.

Reflect and Act

Take some time to answer these 7 Questions:

  1. What specific actions or goals resonate with your values and passions?
  2. How do core values influence the discovery of your purpose?
  3. How can your unique qualities contribute to a greater mission?
  4. How does having a meaningful mission add significance to your life?
  5. In what ways does purpose stabilize your life?
  6. How has your faith influenced your understanding of purpose?
  7. How can you live purposefully in your personal life and contribute to the world around you?

Study and Reflect

Open your Bible and reflect on the following verses:

 

God’s Word is powerful and transformative! Study, reflect, and discuss these verses individually and with your family. 

A Final Thought

Purpose is what makes a good story, well, good. Without it, we wander and wonder. Don’t let another day go by—talk to God today about why you exist. There’s a divine purpose within you, gradually revealed as you align your life with His will. Your purpose will continue to evolve, shaping a life lived authentically, intentionally, and meaningfully.

 

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This blog post was written by Ashton Faulkner, Creative Director at Family ID.

 

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