THREE KEYS TO HELP YOU KNOW YOUR REASON FOR BEING
Have you come to the point where you're ready to grow? Frustrated with the status quo? Do you find you're simply going through the motions of your daily routine? Are you trudging through your days to make a living rather than experiencing passion and energy as you go?
If your answer is YES, then it's time for you to discover your reason for being alive.
Our reason for being is often referred to as purpose, calling, mission, our why, or our assignment. Whatever words we use, and I fluctuate from one to the other, what's significant and powerful is our knowledge of our reason for being and then our intention to live it.
Here are 3 keys to help you do this.
1. See From God's Perspective
Everything was and is created for a purpose. Including you! We see this in the Genesis story and in our own lives, too. The sun and moon were meant to "light the earth." God made humans "to reign" over the fish, birds, and animals.
In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells young Jeremiah, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations."
God set you apart and appointed you, too. He makes everything and everyone for a purpose.
Could you imagine the Creator reclining on the sofa saying haphazardly and with no real reason at all, "Make me something with two legs, a couple of arms on the side, and a wobbly head on top. Just toss these things...we'll call them people, on the earth so they can do whatever they want and basically just hang out. I'll watch them from up here and, I dunno, just let them wander around for a day or a thousand years. Not sure yet. There's no plan. Que Sera, Sera. I'll just change things up as I go along."
This languishing, meaningless description of a life without purpose is not in the character of our Holy God.
Our Lord was, is, and always will be intentional about everything and every person. Which means, he created you for a reason. When you choose to look at life from his perspective you'll begin to see, understand, and align yourself to his purpose for creating you...your why.
2. Embrace Your Uniqueness
You are you and no one else. Boom! That's it. God created you to be you. You're different. Customized. No need to compare. God liked the idea of you so much he designed you with a soul, mind, and body separate and apart from anyone—everyone else.
Remember in kindergarten when your teacher revealed the awe-inspiring fact that your fingerprints are different from every one else's in your class? I do. My five-year-old mind was enraptured by this news as we held up our hands and contrasted them with our neighbor's. This revelation shocked, excited, and impressed me enough to remember the situation like it happened yesterday. Now I know why.
Just as he does in scripture, God uses every experience to provide direction along our pathway to the fulfillment of our special purpose. At five years old, he began teaching me how different I am. And even after experiencing failure, name-calling, and rejection along the way I learned me being me is good—even better. Embracing my uniqueness and significance has been a learning process. I've realized God's reason to distinguish each of us from one another is part of his plan. And, it's easily and simply supported by my kindergarten fingerprint lesson.
All you need to do is look at your God-made, customized hands to know this is true.
3. Accept Your Calling Is Bigger Than You
So often we cry out to God to answer our questions. Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? What difference do I make? There is no more common and greater cry of the heart than those expressed by these questions.
I don't want to tell you how many times those questions flopped around in my mind and poured out in my prayers and through my tears for so many years. What I discovered is that once I began to be less focused on myself and what I thought I lacked and instead turned to the Lord gratefully recognizing the abundant life he'd already given me he revealed a foundational truth:
God's purpose for creating me is bigger than me.
Yes, God created me for a special purpose as part of his master plan, but this reason for being was not—is not—solely about me.
I learned my reason for being is forever linked to God and his Kingdom and meaningless without him. My purpose is that thing I'm passionate about. It's what the Lord's Spirit energizes and works through me to accomplish.
It's sacred work. My why gathers all I've experienced and become to impact others for God's glory and their good.
It's the same for you.
While living your purpose brings personal blessing, joy, energy, and peace it's not meant to be only about you. Your reason for being, like mine, is bigger.
I hope you'll make time to meditate on these 3 keys to knowing your reason for being and ask yourself:
Am I looking at my life from God's perspective or my own? .
Do I realize the importance of my unique attributes, experiences, relationships?
Am I focused on my reason for being for my satisfaction or the glory of God and blessing of others?