“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose. The greatest failure in life is to be successful in the wrong assignment. The greatest mistake in life is to be busy but not effective.” –Dr. Myles Munroe
Why am I here? The question of purpose seems to be the prevailing question of every man and woman of faith’s heart. It’s an identity question that can’t be answered apart from our Creator. In Chapter 1 of my book, You Are Stronger Than You Think: Lessons of Endurance in the Race of Faith, I discuss the importance of finding our identity and purpose in the One who created us. The One who designed us for a specific purpose.
Below is an excerpt from that chapter.
Your strengths, your passions and your experiences help you identify your reason for being. You are the way you are for a specific reason. Knowing and discovering your strengths is not another measure of success. The quest for fulfillment through achievement can become an idol if we are not conscious of our motives and pursuits. Our motive for knowing our purpose is to be (more) effective in our God-ordained assignment.
What is your purpose? Why are you here?
None of us can answer this question without God’s help.
Answering this question doesn’t magically eliminate pain and suffering in your life. Knowing our purpose doesn’t exempt us from the hard stuff of life. We can spend years building a certain reputation in our church for being godly people. It’s good to have an honorable reputation, a respectable name. It’s not good to allow that reputation to convince you that you won’t experience trials. Your reputation through the eyes other people is not your true identity. Jesus made himself of no reputation. We are told in Philippians 2 that even though Jesus was equal with God, He did not see His equality as something for Him to hang his hat on or use to his advantage. Instead, the greatest among us took on the form of a servant. He humbled Himself. He didn’t let what other people believed about Him become the focus of His life. Instead, He thought less of what people thought of Him than what God said about Him. He found His identity in His purpose, His mission, His reason for existing. His purpose was His anchor when the storms of life came. When “his hour was at hand,” His purpose saw Him through to the finish line.
God reminds us throughout scripture that He knew us long before we ever reached planet Earth. He has a plan for our being here. We were born at this specific time in history for a specific reason. We will be the most productive, will be the most fulfilled, and have the most impact when we know why we are here and make that the focus of our time on earth.
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Do you believe God has a plan for your life? What are some of the ways you approach areas of your life (marriage, parenting, work) with a sense of purpose?
Destined to win!