How many times have you wondered about your life’s purpose? Have you figured it out yet?
It amazes me that we expect every 18 year old to know what it is that they want to do for the rest of their lives. How often does a college student change their major, or question their choice, or quit. One of my friends has always known she was destined to be a doctor, and she’s a great doctor. Another friend told me she’s always wanted to be a mother, and she’s a great mother. Yet others, like me, work a bunch of different jobs, always trying to figure out what we were meant to do, what we were meant to be. I love being a mother, and I love my kids more than I ever thought possible. But I still have that nagging thought: If I ever figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I have thought that thought so many times over my life. (I did figure out what I want to do, just not how to do it.)
When you see your life’s purpose, do see goals? Or do you see purpose? Do you see a mountain of stuff you’re going to buy with your piles of money, or do you see how you’ll feel, and who you’ve become? Do you see how many people you have helped?
Everyone wants money, it makes life easier when there’s enough to pay all the bills and still have some left over. But money is a material thing that buys material things. Once you’ve traded it for something, its no longer money, its stuff. And I know you’ve heard the phrase, “You can’t take it with you.” Its true, you can’t. But what then, can you take with you? Is there anything you can take with you?
I know the older I get , the wiser I get. I realize that there’s so much more to life than just things. I could have a millions dollars worth of things, and it might make me feel happy for a short time, but no things can actually keep you happy. I believe that in order for us to be happy, we need a heart full of love. And that’s something you can’t buy. There’s no drug you can take that will fill your heart with love and keep it full. And surprisingly, there is no person that can make you feel this way except yourself. If you are miserable and depressed, knowing the people around you love you doesn’t fill your own heart with love. You can have the best family, and the best spouse, and the best kids, but they can’t fill your heart with love. You have to be willing to open your heart to love in order to make that happen.
And once you have done that, your heart will slowly fill. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t make you feel like a different person right away. But it does happen, and eventually one day, you’ll realize that instead of being miserable, you’re full of love! You’re happy! You’re glad! You have a smile on your face that no one can take away. It’s a love and joy that permeates your soul.
And that is something you’ll be able to take with you; your soul. In fact, that’s who you are.
Once you are happy in your soul, perhaps you will see that your purpose in life isn’t necessarily a job, or a career path. Perhaps, your purpose is to use your talent, your gifts,to give what you have to others. Perhaps all of our life’s purposes are to give ourselves away to those around us. My doctor friend uses her talent to bring healing to others. Mothers use their talents to lovingly raise children into responsible adults. So many of us have talents that we use everyday to help others, and we may not even realize it. Maybe its not a paying position, but its a very important job. Maybe it is a paying position, and we are able to make a living using our talents to help others. I feel that as long as we are using our God-given talents to help others, and we use those talents in love, we truly are fulfilling our life’s purpose.
What talents do you have? How do they play into your life’s purpose?
If you haven’t figured out your purpose yet, what things are you good at? What things do you enjoy doing?