“How did you find your purpose?”
This was the question posed to me last Wednesday when I was speaking at the Millersville University Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) gathering. It’s a tough question to answer, but a needed question to ask. It’s a question many young people are asking as they work their way through high school, college, and the formative years just after their formal education comes to a conclusion.
The “short” answer to finding my purpose is to provide quiet time to yourself, so you can study and reflect on what your true purpose is. You can only find your purpose or perhaps a better way to write it is, your purpose will find you if you provide the time for it to happen. In this day and age of constant noise, constant activity, we miss the time to reflect and study our “self.” We are always active, looking for the next big thing, the next activity, the newest fad that we can involve ourselves in, and before we know it, life and time is zipping by and we are just a passenger. Set aside time each day to be quiet and to reflect.
I’d like to share with you a couple of questions that can be used to determine your purpose:
1. Who are you?
Take the time to reflect and describe who you are. What makes you tick? When do you feel alive? What allows you to connect to others? What makes you feel empty? When do you feel you are “wasting” your time and just going through the motions?
2. Who do you want to be?
Visualize the person you desire to be, the purpose you want to live out. This will build off of the thoughts and responses you have from taking the time to describe who you are.
3. What are you going to do to move from who you are to who you want to be?
As you reflect on the first two questions and begin to move to the action planning and taking part of allowing your purpose to find you, please be reminded of the quote by Creighton Abrams, “When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.” It takes baby steps to move from who you are to who you want to be. It’s not about swinging the pendulum to the other side, it’s about small repeatable behaviors and steps to allow your purpose to come to the surface.
My purpose statement is simple, “Enrich the lives of others through service.” It’s a simple seven word statement, and living it out is the challenge. My goal is to enrich your life through these simple weekly newsletters. Please let me know how I can help enrich your life, just take a second to respond with a short message on something that would be helpful for you.