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Finding Your Purpose – Part I

By Pastor Royston Smith

Have you ever questioned your reason for being? “Why am I here?” Life seems foggy. You struggle to find a reason for getting out of bed-you just can’t find a starting point. No enthusiasm in sight; a general lack of passion; unsure of your gifts or talents. Fading dreams. Lost opportunities. Undefined future. This feeling of purposelessness leads to frustration and dissatisfaction, all this whilst your peers appear to be making continued progress. Clearly, they have a sense of direction that motivates each day. 

 “The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.”

Michel de Montaigne, French philosopher

A life lacking in purpose is one of lethargy and personal disappointment.  We have all been there.  However, we do not have to remain stuck in this condition. The Apostle Paul reminds us in, Ephesians 2:10 that, “… we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Your emotions can be reprogrammed, energy can be revitalized, and your drive can be returned. You can move forward.  

Others can sometimes block the forward drive. The narrative in the Gospel of Luke 2: 1- 52 tells us that on one occasion Joseph and Mary left Jerusalem with their young son, Jesus. A few days into the return journey they discovered that he was lost. Naturally, they panicked. Eventually they found Jesus, and relief was soon replaced by tension. Like any mother, Mary hugged her son, then came the well-deserved scolding. Jesus’ response appeared disrespectful yet classic, “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49. Jesus knew his presence on earth was not an accident. He came to fulfil a very definite plan and destiny for His life. Throughout his life, he did what was in harmony with that plan. He found and fulfilled his purpose.   

 Your purpose has nothing to do with your address, education, career, or even your cultural identity. Jesus didn’t allow himself to be limited by these standards. God created each of us with a specific purpose. The answer lies with Him.  

How does one find their purpose? 

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I thank you that you have a definite plan for my life. Please guide me to identify it and then to commit to living it, through the power of Jesus, amen. 

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