Purpose

Purpose.  It is what every one of us lives for. 

Every one of us woke up today with that thing residing in our gut that drives us to do what we do.  It is most likely what you are thinking of when your feet hit the floor out of the bed and when you pick them up to lay it down at the end of the day.

Some of us know exactly what it is and some of us are trying to discover it’s true identity.  We are constantly moved to make the decisions that will bring it to our fingertips, desperate to feel its comfort inside of our grasp.

There is a perfect explanation for this actually…..you were created for a purpose.

Every human being on this planet.

No matter your gender, socio-economic status, race, culture, sexual orientation, or occupation….all of us were created for the same purpose.

My hope is, over the next few posts, to unpack this idea of purpose and how it shapes our identity.

You see, our identity drives our activity.  How we see and what we believe about ourselves directly determines how we live our lives.

It is our purpose that shapes our identity because that is what we orient our entire life on.  It is our north star. It is what guides us and drives us. Purpose is the fuel that the engine of our lives is powered by.

Across the expanse of time, humankind has pondered what the purpose of life is.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” – Buddha

“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose” – Leonardo Davinci

“Purpose

Unifies us:

It focuses our dreams,

Guides our plans,

Strengthens our efforts.

Purpose

Defines us,

Shapes us,

And offers us

Greatness.” – Octavia E. Butler

Purpose is a powerful force in the life of every human being.

What is more powerful than someone who has a clear sense of purpose?  Is there anything that they can’t do? When someone fully grasps and understands their purpose for living, they will devote their entire lives to achieve it.  It will not relent in pushing them to become the person they see themselves being.

On the flip side, how devastating is the lack of purpose in a person’s life?  When we don’t feel or sense a clear purpose for our lives, we lose any semblance of an identity.  It causes us to be lethargic, to just drift through our days with no real vitality to our souls. It is almost as if we are stuck in a revolving door that won’t let us out, keeping us from getting where it is we are trying to go.

Purpose is where we find life.  It is the harbinger of who we are to become.

But what if we are pursuing the wrong purpose?  What if that thing we seek isn’t actually giving life, but taking it?

I honestly believe many of us, if we are honest with ourselves, would say we are wondering that very thing.

Have you wondered why the continued pursuit of stacking your bank account, seeing your portfolio grow and lavishing yourself with every material enjoyment still feels you often feeling empty and lacking?  It seems no matter what you acquire or how much money you make, it doesn’t bring the sense of fulfillment you were hoping for. So you keep going, thinking if I get more it will finally be enough.

Or maybe you are wondering why you can’t seem to obtain the love and affection of just one person who truly wants you for who you are.  You have traveled to all different kinds of places, seeking the devotion of just one person who will make you feel enough. You have shared dinners, shared laughs, and shared your body in an attempt to make them see you’re lovable but so often you feel lonely and unwanted.  So you will head back to the same bars, the same clubs, and the same beds hoping this time it will be different.

Shoot…many of you reading this are desperately seeking your purpose through the rituals of religion.  You consistently go through the motions, checking every box on your “to-do” list, praying that it is enough to appease your god and allow you to become whatever it is your religion tells you the finished product will be.  But you feel burdened, constantly failing and feeling it will never be enough, so you try even harder. You think, maybe I will finally do enough to get me over the hump.

Purpose drives us.  Purpose empowers us.  Purpose motivates us.

But purpose not realized properly has the ability to destroy us.

This is why we must know what our true purpose is.  Because if we can understand that properly, we can discover what our true identity is and that will free us to live life with real joy and fulfillment.

The hard part is that to discover this truth means we must kill the things that are robbing us of our intended purpose.  And that is a death that doesn’t go quietly.

When we begin to seek the truth of our purpose, the reason we were created, it will attack the very things that we so desperately cling to.

It’s why things like greed, hate, envy, and lust continuously rise from our hearts because we have embraced the lie that our purpose is ultimately about us.  

But this isn’t the truth at all.  The truth is that this lie is actually killing us and we don’t even know it.  It is a silent assassin that whispers into the depths of our souls, “Don’t let them take it from you.  This is who you are. This is what you were destined to have.”

But if we will seek to hear the real voice of life and have our eyes opened to the true identity of who we are and what our purpose is, we will find fulfillment like we never dreamed was possible and purpose that actually gives us life instead of robbing it.

My prayer is that in my next post we will discover the truth of our purpose and why it is more beautiful than anything we are killing ourselves to keep right now.

Selah

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