Is finding one’s purpose in life a happy accident of living, or must it be discovered on purpose?
I think the answer to that question is….Yes. I would never have imagined that I’d be doing what I’m doing today, and therefore it must be a happy accident. But I made choices, at every step along the way, that propelled me toward today. So, is it an accident or have I discovered my purpose?
In my twenties…well…I wasn’t even thinking about a life purpose. Getting a job, getting married, and weekend plans were the extent of my planning in those days. In my thirties, having grown up just a bit, I would have said my purpose was to raise godly children and make some impact for the Kingdom of God. How I was going to make that impact was still a mystery. Finally, in my forties, I started to get serious.
I wonder if that’s the way it is, or was, for most people? Are we all clueless for the first half of life? Maybe it’s just me.
Implicit in this discussion is that each of us has a unique purpose in life. Is that true, or is it the holy grail of a self-worshipping culture?
Again, I say…Yes. We each have important work to do, and therefore have been created for a purpose. But, we miss the point when we assume that God needs us to do our assigned work. That’s when we fall into worshiping ourselves. God can raise up anyone to do whatever he wants done. Really.
Ultimately, it is His purpose that we’re all supporting.
What is His purpose? Is it to save people, to redeem the world, to glorify God? Yes, yes, and yes. One person might have been created with a purpose of saving particular people, among other things. Another person might be created to find a vaccine for a serious illness, and many other tasks. Both of them glorify God by doing what they are doing 24 hours a day. We all do, whether we know it or not.
I don’t think that we have just one purpose in life. With some notable exceptions, most of us have been created to serve and glorify God however we choose. I think God delights in our unique, creative and even circuitous lives, especially when we live them for Him.
Do you feel you know your purpose in life? If so, has it changed throughout the years? What are you living for?
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21