Here are some radical ideas about LIFE PURPOSE:
How to find your life purpose – way #1
The reason why: Take a sheet of paper and divide it into two columns. On the top left write“What?” and on the top right write “Why?” Next, under “What?”, write down everything you give your time to in life – work, hobbies, interests, other commitments, etc. When you’ve finished look at each one in turn and next to it under the “Why?” column list your reasons why you do what you do. Review these reasons and underline those which are most important to you. These can give you a clue as to what your main purposes in life are.
How to find your life purpose – way #2
Write ‘till you cry: I picked this one up from Steve Pavlina, a prolific blogger on personal development issues. Sit down with another (big) blank sheet of paper. Write down all the things you could do with your life. Keep writing until something makes you stop and cry. You are now in touch with your deepest emotions. This can reveal your hidden life purpose.
How to find your life purpose – way #3
The unexpected inheritance: Just for a moment, assume a distant relative left you three million dollars in their will. You never have to work again. What would you do with your time? If you don’t need to earn money you spend your time doing things which most interest you. Again, these can point towards your life’s purpose.
How to find your life purpose – way #4
Life’s highs: Think back over your life so far and ask yourself, “When was it I felt most energised and excited in life? And what was I doing at that time?” Recognising what makes you feel most alive and invigorated helps you understand your personal motivation. This can give a good indication of where your unique purpose can be discovered.
How to find your life purpose – way #5
The rocking chair: Imagine you’ve finished your life’s work, retired, and are sitting on your porch in your favourite rocking chair. As you look out over your garden you reflect back on life. Thinking about all the people you’ve met and all you’ve done, what is it that gave you the deepest sense of lasting satisfaction? Identifying things which satisfy you most reveals your inner values which guide you in your search for purpose.
How to find your life purpose – way #6
Visit to the doctor: Imagine you’ve just visited your doctor who told you, “Sorry, I’ve some bad news. I think you only have another 12 months to live”. What would you want to do in those next 12 months? Realising how little time we have left helps us prioritise and give time to those things which are most important. If you only had a little time left, what purpose would you pursue?
How to find your life purpose – way #7
Your tombstone: It’s now a few years further on. After you died your friends and relatives paid to have a tombstone engraved to mark your final resting place and remember you by. What would you like them to have written on it? Knowing how you want others to see you helps you focus on the more important purposes to pursue in this life.
Here’s another something I pirated:
Introduction: What you do matters. There is a purpose for your life.
Many people go through life feeling discouraged about themselves and thinking they do not have a purpose in life. But that’s not true. Whoever you are—whatever your life experiences, talents, physical ability, or role—you have a purpose.
Let’s take a look at one of my favorite verses in the Sacred Scriptures:
For we are Yah’s workmanship, created in Yeshua the Messiah to do good works, which Yah prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:1).
Notice two points in this verse:
1. Yah created you. You are not an accident.
2. Yah has a plan for you. You have a purpose in life.
You are created to know Yah.
One purpose in life is to get close to Yah. You can do this through Yeshua the Messiah.
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of Yah unless he is born again (John 3:3).
I am the bread of life (John 6:35).
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
If you confess with your mouth, “Yeshua is Lord,” and believe in your heart that Yah raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
You are created for Yah‘s glory.
One purpose in life is to glorify Yah in this world.
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made (Isaiah 43:6-7).
You are created to praise Yah.
One purpose in life is to praise and worship Yah.
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O lord; they will bring glory to your name (Psalm 86:9).
I will praise you, O Lord my Yah, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever (Psalm 86:12).
You are created to grow the fruit of the Spirit.
One purpose in life is to grow in character.
The type of person you become is more important than your successes and failures in the world.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
You are created to spread the Good News.
One purpose in life is to tell others about Yeshua’s love for them.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples (Psalm 96:3).
Make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted (Isaiah 12:4).
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Sacred Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).
You are created to use the talents Yah gave you.
One purpose in life is to develop your gifts.
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in the Messiah we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully (Romans 12:4-8).
Do not minimize your role.
Live life as an adventure—wherever you are.
All followers of Yeshua collectively form the body of the Messiah. The body is formed of many different parts (Romans 12:4-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-27). All are important. It does not matter what part of the body you are.
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But Yah has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it (1 Corinthians 12:22-24).
Overcome jealousy or bitterness.
Don’t be upset if you do not have a place of prominence, for, as you read in the above verse, Yah gives special honor to people with “less honorable” roles.
Do not downplay the value of what you do.
Don’t compare yourself to others or give up if someone seems to do a better job than you. Of course there are others who have more talent! If all the Good News Spreaders or witnesses or teachers in the world decided to stop trying because someone else did a better job, where would we be?
What counts is that you be faithful.
Yah gave you talents and abilities. He expects you to develop them. Study Matthew 25:14-30.