Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Big Picture

Recently,  I've had a few conversations that have inspired this post.
After speaking with friends, co-workers, and other people I know, I've realized that people are searching for fulfillment in their personal relationships, careers and lives in general.
They are trying to figure out their next move or where to go from here.
There's something in their lives that's missing and they're trying to figure out what it is.

I've realized in the past few years that nothing I do in my life will bring fulfillment unless it aligns with my true purpose.  I have realized that my purpose in life is to help others find theirs through encouragement, and living a life of love and faith.  It's so difficult to think of our purpose in isolation of thinking about a job/career or the ideal spouse.  But, I believe that the ultimate picture of our lives (our purpose) is MUCH bigger than a vocation or a relationship.

Once we figure out our purpose, the career and relationships will be by-products of that revelation.
It's extremely easy to talk about purpose, but it's another to actively seek God to find out what our purpose is.  There are things going on in our lives everyday that will help show us what we were put on earth to do.  If we look at our gifts, the special skills that come naturally to us, and how they affect others, that will give us an idea.  Or, if we look at the things we're extremely passionate about that lead us to take up certain causes, that takes us a step closer to our purpose as well.  Also, painful circumstances in our lives lead us to a stronger sense of purpose.  We go through things in our lives and once we make it through, it gives us a testimony that will help others make it through similar situations.  We are able to relate to people on a deeper level through the experiences that connect us. 

I think that before people can even begin to dream dreams or make plans for their future, they must first know their future and seek to align their plans with that purpose.

If you're not sure of your purpose, I'd challenge you to ask.  Before you ask, you have to believe that God will answer you. 

Ask God to show you the gifts, passions and personal experiences that lead you to your divine purpose.  What is it that God put you on this earth to do?  Ask God.  Ask God why you were created and what you are to do with this life you have.  Once you receive some answers, ask God to show you ways to walk in your purpose and to bless your journey. 

Embracing New Growth,