When thinking of discovering your purpose, I recommend two key words to meditate on – passion and free! When I discovered my purpose, I realized that it was something that I was passionate about and performed for others free of charge all of the time.
So what are you passionate about, in both senses - love and hate? As well as what do you always find yourself doing for others free of charge?
What you are passionate about you are motivated by. It’s one of those things, someone could call you in the middle of the night and you would have no problem jumping up to assist in doing it. It causes you to get excited and builds momentum in your heart and mind when thinking about it. That’s your purpose. Simple it sounds, simple it is. We just overlook it because it’s an innate ability. You love it! Have you ever heard people say they don’t feel as though they are working? Those people have discovered their purpose and are completely happy with their lives.
God put us here to serve others and enjoy life as well. I mentioned hate as a passion also. Why? Because often times the things you are passionate about cause you to be an advocate for someone else. You may hate to see someone taken advantage of in a certain way and the thought of it just ignites a drive (passion) inside you to assist them. This is how public officials start their careers because they want to make changes to assist people. This may be your purpose. What do you hate? Example, I hate lack of organization, it just irks me. That’s because I have good organization skills, so well that a friend offered to hire me to organize her home after visiting mine.
The second word - Free! The thing or things you’ll do for free without even thinking about it. It brings you joy, so you just jump to doing it whenever there is a need without ever thinking about receiving money in return. In the example above for organization, I often times find myself wanting to just get up and put things in order for people and could care less about receiving payment for it. It would just feel so much better putting the things in order and looking at the end results.
God wants us happy! He gives us purpose that is twofold – solves the problems of others (service) and brings fulfillment to our lives in a multitude of ways. If you don’t love what you do, it will rob you of your joy! That’s why so many people hate going to work, lack of passion. You are at work more than you are at home and everything else in your life revolves around that factor. Embrace your passion for what it is (your purpose) and experience the greatest joy ever in your life!