What is Purpose?
“Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.” ―Bryant H. McGill
According to the Dictionary:
- the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee”
- motive, motivation, grounds, cause, impetus, occasion, reason, point, basis, justification “the main purpose of his visit”
- have as one’s intention or objective.”God has allowed suffering, even purposed it”
- intend, mean, aim, plan, design, have the intention, have in mind, have a mind
Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction and create meaning. For some people, the purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends.
Finding your purpose in life can be one of the hardest things you ever try to do. However, living without a purpose is miserable. I have known a lot of people who knew what they were supposed to do from the very beginning. They just knew what they loved and went for it.
I, however, was not one of those people. I always envied them in a way, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the fact that it took time and patience to figure out why God put me here. Along the way, I have gotten to try many different things and have learned and grown from each of those experiences. I learned what I liked to do and what I absolutely hated to do. I often say I had to kiss a lot of toads to find the handsome prince or in my case I had to try a lot of different things before I figured out which one I loved.
I always knew I wanted to be a wife, a mother, and someday a grandmother, but I also felt there was more than I was meant to do. After our auto accident in 2005, when I was laying in bed recovering I knew that God had called me to a higher purpose to speak and encourage other women in 2002, but I couldn’t see that ever happening from where I was in that moment. It was a very miserable place to be, feeling like you had so much more to do in this life, but being trapped in a body that wouldn’t function. My brain was still as active and my desire to fulfill my purpose was still just as strong, but my body just couldn’t keep up.
“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” ―Oprah Winfrey
I can tell you, however that purpose is what made me fight every day, what kept me going when the pain was overwhelming. Knowing you have a purpose can be a strong motivator.
God has put a sense of purpose in every one of us; without it, we lose our way and become demotivated and depressed. Studies have shown that when people are contributing to a higher purpose, they are likely to have a healthier outlook on life and be more resilient to stress.
Scripture says in Romans 8:28 NIV
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This verse tells us we all have a God-ordained purpose and that no matter what happens to us, even a serious auto accident that leaves you disabled and bedridden for twelve years, God will use it for good. I am living proof of that today. That calling and purpose in 2002 pushed me to come back from those debilitating circumstances to live my God-given purpose. No matter what you’re facing today God can use it for good, no matter how bad it may seem to you. You just have to continue to kiss those toads until you find the one. The one that sets your soul on fire and makes you fight with everything you have to fulfill that drive deep inside you.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ―Maya Angelou