When you talk about purpose in life, what imagery does your mind conjure up?
Do you believe it is about supporting as many causes as you can? Or perhaps you think it is it trying to be that valuable member of the family that everyone looks to when things go wrong? Maybe for you it is trying to go as far up the career ladder as possible or building up a business venture, such that the world has never seen!
These and many more aspects of our busy lives are different tools or ‘vehicles’ of our purpose, but not real purpose itself. This blog is devoted to sharing a personal journey, inviting others to share and hopefully help people understand the real meaning of purpose.
As a coach who helps her clients make the best of their work life, the challenge I set for my clients is to discover why they exist for such a time as this. I help them understand that focusing on a career or business venture before understanding why you exist for such a time as this is like putting the cart before the horse. Discovering true purpose is indeed very liberating. When you begin to unravel the truths about purpose, you know where to invest your time, energy and abilities. You appreciate the truth that there is only ever going to be one you now and forever. You understand why you need to let go of past hurts, regrets and failures – there is no time to wallow in self pity.
The very first thing to come to terms with, is that purpose comes from God.
Only the creator knows the reason for the creation. Before you start going into a long tirade of how you are not interested in religion and how most Christians are hypocrites, just give me a sec. Without a sound relationship with this heavenly being, you will never (and I mean never) ever live a fulfilled life. There are a number of people who will want to argue vehemently against this because they do not believe there is a God. “What a load of rubbish”, they’ll say. “Oh no, not the ‘born agains’ again” they’ll exclaim. Then they’ll launch into a long vehement debate about how fulfilled their lives are because they do good, are a part of various causes and give generously to a whole load of charities, and all without the help of the ‘Almighty’ (thank you very much). To them I say, “Yes, you are fulfilling a purpose, but it most definitely is not your purpose”. Whatever it is you are experiencing in terms of success right now, it will be no where as near as what God has in store for you.
The concept of God is definitely something every single person upon the face of the earth should look into. You owe yourself that much. You cannot afford to take a gamble on where you are going to spend eternity. Do not depend on hearsay, perceptions, what your folks, family or friends say or anything else. You must give this 100%, and always inwardly believe that God is leading you towards the truth. The key to not falling into the trap of false doctrine or religion is to always remember you have DIRECT ACCESS to him. He is always listening and always watching over you. Make sure you pursue this with the entirety of your heart and soul because when you breath your last breath he will be the first person you will see, trust me you don’t want to be stuck with the other dude for eternity.
Let’s say for a moment that you accept that there indeed is a God, but you are still sceptical – fine, everything is a process. As long as you keep an open mind and you are willing to explore, then you are making progress. So what’s next, you say? Connecting with him.
Now this is where it gets a bit tricky, because there is a lot of confusion (mainly orchestrated by the devil to ensure that you end up in hell with him) out there. Personally, I advocate a life of being wtih Christ.
You see it’s like this (this is a very abridged version, so you’re going to have to go and do some digging around yourself). Adam and Eve lost their direct relationship with God when the devil came along in the form of a snake to feed them a whole bunch of lies. As a result of listening to him, they in effect handed over the authority and dominion that God had originally intended for them. Also as a result of disobeying God, the sinful state of mankind began. But God wasn’t about to give up on mankind just yet. So he set into motion his plan of reconcilliation ie reconciling mankind and himself. God needed a sacrifice worthy enough to wipe away mankind sins. The ones being comitted and the ones to come. This is where Jesus Christ comes in. Jesus is the son of God, one of God’s companions from the very beginning of time (the other companion at is the Holy Spirit). Jesus volunteered to leave his glorious and unblemished state to become a man. To experience everything that we humans do. He knew that only his blood could be real atonement (or payment) for the sins of mankind.
Words cannot really describe the pain he endured from the time of his arrest to when he was finally crucified. However if you want to get an idea, watch Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ. When he took his last breath, he said “It is finished”, meaning that once again mankind could have a direct relationship with God.
So in conclusion to discover real purpose, you have to begin a relationship with God. To begin a relationship with God, you have find out more about what Jesus Christ did for you. No one can have a relationship with God without accepting Jesus as his or her Lord and Saviour. As soon as you do this, then you begin a DIRECT RELATIONSHIP with God. Discovering the truth about how much God loves you and how he longs for a relationship with you is one of the most exciting experiences you will encounter in your life time. I urge you to begin today. Each one of us have numbered days, the sooner you start the sooner you begin your journey.
Best wishes always,