The struggle was real. I was working a job I didn’t care about. I was drifting from hobby to habit, from person to person, looking desperately to the world for something of value or meaning. I was making the most money I ever had, but it wasn’t enough. I had the nicest car around, but it didn’t satisfy. There was something significant I knew I was missing. I tried money, popularity, success and none of them created what I thought finding my purpose should feel like.
I had to do something, but you can’t find what you’re looking for if you keep looking in the same places. My church was offering a mission trip and since I had never been outside of the states, it seemed like a good chance for something new. I remember sitting alone on a small bench during a quiet, early morning. With my journal out, I began writing. Within 30 minutes there were pages upon pages of notes. As I looked back over the pages, my heartbeat quickened and my eyes began to tear up. There I was, sitting in a small third world country and on those pages staring back at me was my PURPOSE. It was so clear, the way someone with blurry vision might describe seeing the world after putting on glasses for the first time.
My purpose wasn’t money, hobbies, success or accolades. The words I had written really had very little to do with my name or fame. In those pages, I found the purpose of my life was to serve students who were growing up and experiencing the same trials I had wandered through. Since that day, May 17, 2007, I have found more joy, happiness, meaning, and value in serving others than striving to serve myself.
I truly believe finding my purpose not only gave me life, it saved my life.
If you want to discover your purpose, begin by believing these truths first:
1. My best life is when I’m not solely focused on me.
2. My purpose is something that doesn’t end with me.
3. My purpose is not a one-time event, but a lifestyle.
Ephesians 2:10 “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.”