Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Finding Your Purpose

One thing people so often don't understand is their purpose in life? Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Why did God put me in this place? If there is a reason for everything, then why are we where we are right now? Is there a bigger reason?

I just read a book that has completely changed my perspective to why I exist, why I am where I am in my life, and what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I feel as though my soul has had a new awakening to what God has planned for me. I may not know all of the exact details to my future, but I have a new sense of purpose.

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why do I do what I do?" What motivates you? Is it prestige, money, accolades? Is it being the life of the party or knowing that you are the one everyone goes to for the answer? Or is it fear... fear of failure, consequences, or being punished? In the book I read recently, the author leads you to realize if you rely on rewards or fear to be your central focus, eventually things fall apart. He says that if we allow those things to become the central focus instead of God or our personal relationships, then we eventually end up frustrated, angry, and even bitter. For example, the more money or prestige you get, the more you want. You will never be satisfied. The more you fear failure the less likely you will try again, or you become burned out.

We may be very successful, have lots of wealth, friends, or have the respect of many people, but if the motivating factor is focused on those things, and the rush that comes with acquiring them, then we aren't living up to our true potential....who we were created to be.

Jesus centered his teachings on love: love for God and love for others. In other words, focusing on the relationships in our lives. That in itself is our purpose. If we want to motivate ourselves or others around us, be a leader, improve our personal relationships with our spouses and children, then we have to focus on God and love them. We need to focus on building relationships with God and with the people around us. This is why we were created in the first place. Matthew 6:33 "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you."

In everything we do we should do it selflessly. If the very reason for our existence is not being fulfilled, then we will not experience the joy and peace this life has to offer.

Mark 12:30-31, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Book - Lead for God's Sake by Todd G. Gongwer


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