“The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your happiness…your family or your career. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.” – Rick Warren
If you are anything like me…and I think most people for that matter, you’ve wrestled with what you are supposed to be doing in this life. Over the past two weeks at New Story Church we’ve been walking through a series called Identity Theft where we are exploring our identity and purpose.
Several years ago I came across this interview with Tom Brady – the Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New England Patriots. He made this comment – “why do I have three Super Bowl rings and feel like there is still something greater out there for me? There’s got to be something more!
This is again another reminder of the fact that we were created with a unique purpose and plan to do great things in serving God and others. So, that sparked me to write down some questions that help guide us toward understanding and accomplishing our purpose.
3 Questions To Ask Yourself About Purpose
1. What am I passionate about?
Growing up I was incredibly passionate about sports and growing a small business. I started mowing lawns at a young age. That mowing then turned into landscaping, tree care and even snow removal. Well, wouldn’t you know it that our church needed help with those things. Thankfully someone invited me in to help around the church and the impact of that service was exponentially bigger than any paycheck. I also discovered that helping people who I worked for, especially older people, made a difference. These passions grew into more than just a business, it propelled me into understanding my purpose. So what are you passionate about?
2. Who is in front of me?
When you ask the question – “Who is in front of me?” you are essentially taking the time to be aware of your surroundings and not miss the opportunities right in front of you.
So often we miss the present opportunity because we don’t like the packaging.
Who is currently in your sphere of influence? Who is in your neighborhood that God has uniquely placed in front of you? Who is at the next cubicle? Once you know who is in front of you…pray for them.
3. What can I do today?
For years I’ve wanted to accomplish great things. I want to change the world and all that crazy stuff. Maybe you too! But as I grow older I’ve learned that you have to start today and stop looking for the silver bullet. Andy Stanley, a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia once said:
Do for one what you want to do for everyone!
I love that because it reminds me that while I can’t change everything and I can’t help everyone, I can do something. Start today!
I share all of this with you because I know that it is a struggle for me to understand God’s plans and my purpose. However, I know that He has created us for incredible things. Maybe these questions can help us all!