Life

Your Reason for Existing

Life is good and life is bad.  We have to make a mindful effort to make the best of it everyday.  One of the best ways to live a happy life is to find your dream or purpose for living, and start doing it.  Mark Twain said “The two most important days in life are the day you are born and the day you discover the reason why.”

 Most people live their whole lives, never knowing their purpose for being here  because figuring out your meaning and purpose is very puzzling. I have grappled with this myself for some time.  Just when I thought I figured it out, things happened and changed my mind. Then I wasn’t content with my purpose for living and I ended up going thru the motions everyday.  I became exhausted and depressed. There has to be more to life than this, I thought.  I have been through my journey of exploration, and I am happy to say I have found my reason for existing; My God given purpose.  If you want to discover your reason for being here, there are some things you can do to get there.

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First thing you should do is ask God.  Pray and ask God to show you his plans for you.  And ask him for help in fulfilling these plans. Matthew 7:7 says:  Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.  

And James 4:2-3 says:  You desire and do not have…..You do not have because you do not ask.

God wants to show us things. He wants to give us things too.  But we have to be willing to be humble and go to him for it all.  Asking him through prayer puts us in a position of humility and faithfulness.  It’s an acknowledgement between you and him that you trust him and you know he is in control.   When we ask him through prayer he will show us and give us an answer. Stay patient but be expecting his answer.  God can reveal something to you at any moment thru prayer, dreams, people, or even songs.

The second thing you could do is find a Church and start serving in it. There is something about serving with other believers that puts us on a fast track to our destiny.  A church can help us recognize our skills and talents. And when we begin to build relationships with other believers they can give us feedback on what they see in us. Sometimes an outside perspective on ourselves is what we need to bring talents to light.  And being around other believers who are using their skills or gifts can give insight on how to spot our own skills and how to use them. Even if you join a church to change diapers, be patient and God will reward you with insight.

My third suggestion is to receive the Holy Spirit and allow him to reveal to you the gifts you have.  The Bible says everyone has a different set of gifts, spiritual gifts. And that these gifts would be revealed to us through the holy spirit.  In John 16:12-13 the Bible says ‘I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.  For he will not speak on his own but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come’. Beware that the Holy spirit will not reveal anything to you that you are not yet ready to receive.  It may take some time, some growing up to finally hear anything. But be patient and trust the process. If our parent allowed us to drive when we were toddlers and we were not yet ready to handle that, none of us would be alive now, am I right?  God knows when to give us things, he knows that the timing has to be right. He will reveal gifts and ideas to you when you are spiritually and mentally mature enough to handle it.

My fourth suggestion is:  Brainstorm on skills you could possibly have. God is there to help you but he also gave us all an intelligent mind to use too.  We have to help him, help us. God made everyone specifically different. Jeremiah 1:5 says I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.  He knew us before we existed here on Earth! Isn’t that amazing!? He knew what personality we would have. He knew what kind of temperament we would have. He knew us because made us and he knew why he was making us. But to fulfill his plan he gave us skills to get there.  And he instilled those skills and gifts in us before we were even born. So When you begin to pray and seek out your gifts, I encourage you to think back to your childhood. Consider what made you happy. What activities made you feel good about yourself? And what activities were you good at? Chances are, if you liked doing it and we’re good at it, it was probably your God given skill and it will fit into your God given plan for life.  

When we are young children we are pure and honest beings.  We did things we enjoyed. We were honest about our likes and dislikes.  We didn’t care about what people would think or say. We did what felt good to us without any qualms.  As we got older though, we began to change. We changed to fit other people’s molds, to fit in, or be cool.  Slowly we lost our own, unique, originality. Eventually, we lost sight of ourselves completely. If we had a gift we enjoyed using we traded it for something society told us we should be using.  Mom and Dad said you should be a Doctor or Lawyer so that became your goal. You stopped painting because the school said you needed to read.

When you use the skills God gave you, it will come easy to you and you will be good at it. It’s like a fish that was designed to swim in the water.  A fish breathes and lives in the Ocean effortlessly. If a fish tried to live on land or walk, it wouldn’t be a good situation for the fish. It would die outside of the Ocean because it wasn’t made to live on land.  You see?

As a child, perhaps you were the child that got in trouble at school everyday for talking.  You talked because you had something to say, because you could, and because you liked it. That could possibly be your God given skill!  Not everyone can talk well, and not everyone likes talking. So now that you’re an adult, use that skill. Follow your heart when it comes to thinking of your gift and skill.  Whatever it is, it should bring you joy and satisfaction.

The fifth suggestion I have for you is to act on your dream and use your God given skills.  Many people never know their dream or purpose because they are scared. They really don’t try to figure it out because it becomes real and then they may have to act on it.  Fear can be crippling and hinder us. We would rather stay safe and do what is easy. For any dream to become a reality it requires work and risk. You will have to dig down deep inside and tap into the passion you have to start and finish your dream.  Be courageous! Be persistent! Work hard and make it happen! Do it now, do it today! You have nothing to lose, and a fulfilling life to gain.

 And my final suggestion to you is to do you work everyday, as if you were doing it for God.  Colossians 3:23 tells us to do that. ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters’.  God will take you places and put you in situations where he knows is best. Every season of your life is planned and serves a purpose. He will put you in places that you hate, to hone skills you will need later on.  It could be working with unpleasant people, or working an insignificant job. He has you there for to obtain something mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. No matter how meaningless it seems, make the best of it. You will never know where God is taking you or what road he has you on.  But just obey and do it.

Well, that was a lot to read.  I hope I gave you useful tips to guide you through this journey of exploration.  It may take some time and patience to get your answer, but just keep praying and trying things out for yourself.  Don’t give up. I really hope you are one step closer to living the best life you can live. I will be praying for anyone who reads this.  God bless you. Please leave a comment down below on this blog post with your thoughts.

    

 

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