I believe we all have a mission, a purpose, a specific reason why we are here on this earth. I believe that we all have been given unique gifts that we are supposed to use to bring value to the world, and to others. Many of us are trying to figure this out. We are trying to figure out what our calling is, what it is that we feel we are supposed to do. We all have a deep desire to live our life with purpose. For some of us its more obvious what that looks like and for others its not so easy. I was and am the ladder of the two. I have heard so many people say they felt the call for this that or the other when they were 13 and they just knew thats what they were supposed to do with their life. After hearing this many times from people that I saw living on purpose I became frustrated. I thought to myself, why haven’t I felt this call? How come I am 23 years old and I don’t know what my calling is but all these people found it when they were in their teens. It made me question the existence of God. It made me question the possibility of an individual relationship with an almighty creator. It made me question whether God really had a plan or purpose for my life. This created a downward spiral that ended in depression for months on end. If you haven’t felt a call on your life, if God hasn’t made it abundantly obvious to you what your purpose is, join the party, you are not alone, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. Heres what you need to know, there still is a plan and a specific purpose for your life, AND your life isn’t any less valuable than someone who knew their purpose since their 12th birthday.
What does it take to find your purpose? It takes relentless seeking. It takes a willingness to take risk. It takes a willingness to believe in something you cant see. It takes faith. When I was depressed, I was mad a God because I felt like it was up to him to just randomly show me what my purpose was because apparently he did that with other people. I was mad at him because I felt like he wasn’t paying any attention to my life. What I found was God was just waiting for me to believe. To have faith. To seek. To take action. To try new things. To take some risks and trust he would take care of my needs. I realized that when one day I decided to take action and started to seek my purpose, to make it my number one priority. Six months later my life looks completely different. Im building a business that wasn’t even originally what I felt like I wanted to do. I am a full time entrepreneur. Much happier. Busy. 25 llbs lighter. Do I feel like I have fully found my purpose? No but I feel that God is revealing it to me more and more everyday as I continue to take action, take risks, and move forward.
What I found is that most of us aren’t going to have a lightning bolt of purpose strike us and all of a sudden know what our mission is. Most of us have to seek it out. Most of us have to decide to prioritize it. Most of us have to take action. Take risks. If you haven’t found the reason for your life, its not because there isn’t one, its just because you have to seek a little more. Your life is valuable, just as valuable as the person who knew what they wanted to do with their life since they were 10 years old. Yes it may be a little hard to figure it out? But maybe there is a reason for that beyond our understanding. Maybe we just need to trust a little more, have a little more faith, and then seek with everything we’ve got.
-SammyV – The Professional Encourager and Uplifter