What is my purpose?
I know—scary question right? The standard answer most Christians say would be to pray about it and ask God for guidance. I wholeheartedly agree with that.
I also agree with what the Bible says about our purpose:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:30-31
It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? Love God and love others.
Yeah, okay Fe. But how?
Alright, here it is. I’m not an expert or anything but these two pieces of advice from my trusted mentors have helped me a ton.
Be Faithful In Everyday Life
There’s a story in Matthew 25 about three servants and their master. The master was about to go on a long road trip so he gave the first servant five bags of gold, the second servant two bags, and the third servant, one bag. He gave each servant enough gold depending on their ability. It’s kinda like an investor giving an entrepreneur enough money for a start-up.
After a long time, the master came back and checked on his servants. The first servant earned five more bags of gold and the second – two more bags of cold. They had invested their wealth and were able to present a profit back to their master. The third servant, however, was scared of his master. He didn’t do anything with his gold. In fact, he hid it away.
The master told the first two servants:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!Matthew 25:23 NIV
He called the last servant wicked and lazy. He didn’t do anything with his wealth or ability! (Read the full story at Matthew 25:14-30)
Do you see where I’m going with this?
In real life, God is our master and we are the servants. He gives us all talents and abilities to use. He wants us to do our best with what we have. He will give us more responsibility as we remain faithful in our day to day lives!
Give God your best in your schoolwork, sports, chores, and hobbies. Love your family well. Take care of your siblings and honor your parents. Own your responsibilities by giving it your all.
As you progress in school, sports, or your hobbies more opportunities may be opened to you. Glorify God in the things you already like to do! Maybe you find that you have a passion for a certain subject like Science or Literature. You might want to pursue those subjects as majors in college. Or maybe you love caring for people and encouraging others. You might have a future in nursing or hospitality!
When I was 12 years old, I found out I had a passion for writing. I excelled in it at school and when I came home I wrote in a journal everyday.
When I was 15, my dad pushed me to start a blog. I then found an online writing workshop that helped grow my writing even more. Now, I write for my blog on a consistent basis and submit articles to bigger websites. I even have a book idea brewing!
I never knew my love for writing could turn into what it is today. I just tried to take it one step at a time and trust God with the rest.
Just start today. Be faithful in what you’re already doing. Don’t be afraid or bury your gold. Be responsible and God will give you more opportunities.
Try New Things
This one might be a no-brainer. JUST DO SOMETHING!
I never thought I would ever start a blog. I never thought I would have online friends either, but I do! I thought the Internet wasn’t my thing but turns out, it isn’t all bad! It’s just another tool God gives us to encourage each other.
From sharing my writing online, several people have reached out to me and told me how encouraged they were by my writing. That my writing gave them hope and helped them see their situation from a whole new light. I’ve found purpose in encouraging and building others up – online and in everyday life.
I can’t take all the credit, of course. God was leading me every step of the way even when I didn’t know it. It just goes to show how trying new things can lead to bigger life changing moments.
Don’t put God in a box. You can’t limit what He’s gonna do through you!
God’s got this.
Now let’s go back to the question.
“What is my purpose?”
I don’t think it’s a question you can answer in one sitting. Rather, it’s a question that needs to be answered in a whole lifetime of living.
A lot of people can come up with some sort of answer. And sure, they’re probably valid. I came up with some too.
Love God and Love Others. Be faithful. Try new things.
YES, YES, AND YES! Absolutely.
But it’s a whole nother thing to actually go and do it.
James 1:22 says,
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Don’t spend too much time trying to answer that question that it stops you from actually living. Hear the Word of God. Then do it.
You have to remember that God is always in control. He places certain strengths and abilities within you for a reason. He has placed you in your current circumstance to grow you and nurture your gifts and abilities.
God has plans for you! Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s plans always happen. His will is done in Heaven and on Earth and He loves you.
Trust Him. Trust Him by being faithful. Trust Him by doing the work. Trust Him by hearing his Word and doing it.
He’s got this. He fills you with purpose.
God’s got you.