At one point or another, you’ve probably wondered about what God wants you to do with your life. It could be something you think about every day. The truth is that even in the later years of life, many people are still thinking about what their purpose might be. However, the answer to this question might be right in front of us. We just might not be paying attention. You see, discovering our divine design begins with examining all that God has already placed in our lives. Justin Lathrop wrote a great blog on this idea in which he talks about a few areas of your life that could help reveal what God wants you to do.
I’ll share those with you today.
First, consider your family. God has placed you in your family for a specific reason and purpose. You are uniquely positioned to have a great deal of influence in our family. Think about it. Some of your family members might not know God, but you have the opportunity to speak into their lives. You have the power to be Jesus to your family. God has placed your family members into your sphere of influence to be a force for God in their life. Never underestimate your potential to make a difference in the lives of the people that God brings your way.
Second, consider your skills. We can easily get caught-up thinking about all the gifts that other people have while not realizing all God has given us. We can become filled with jealousy as we compare ourselves to others. This is an easy trap to fall into. However, instead of trying and wishing to be like everyone else, learn to recognize and celebrate all the differences in other people. Don’t wish to be someone else, but be encouraged by their life and seize your own divine design. I often talk about the how God divinely and uniquely designed each of us to play an important part. He’s given you skills for a reason. You need to sharpen them for the mission that God destined for you.
Third, consider your past. Sometimes, we can look at our past and immediately begin to feel ashamed of ourselves. We might have made some mistakes or perhaps we grew up lacking financially or we might have grown up in broken families. These are not limitation for how God can use you. All of our past is platform for making a difference in the future. Our past is a story that can relate us to someone else going through the same thing. It gives us an understanding and ability to speak into a certain person’s life that no one else can. We need to shift our thinking of the past as something that holds us down into something that liberates us to reach others. Remember, your purpose for the future might lie in your past.
You may not think you have much to offer, but the truth is that God has given everything that you need to discover your purpose in life. He has equipped everyone to play a specific role in His plan. It is not a big secret to be let out, but a simple journey to be lived out.
If your struggling with finding your purpose, I hope these ideas have encouraged you to find it. If you have any follow up thoughts or questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you. Have a great day!