In life, we are faced with countless decisions: What career path to take, when to say “No” to an offer or when to say “Yes” to an opportunity.
The answer to all of these choices is quite simple: Is it aligned with your purpose?
When you decide that following your purpose passionately is the most important thing, you break out every skill, every bit of wisdom, and every character strength at your disposal, and you go for it.
But I know what you’re thinking; DeVon, I don’t know what my purpose is!
Don’t worry. Breathe.
If you don’t know what your purpose is or what career you should pursue, and you fear wasting years on a direction that will prove unfulfilling, ask God to reveal His purpose for your life, as He did for me.
Look at your talents and gifts. Keep in mind that He may reveal your purpose not directly but subtly. You might feel a strong pull toward one industry or type of work or meet someone who’s engaged in a career that you hadn’t thought about but, upon further investigation, find fascinating.
Whatever the process, discovering your God-ordained purpose is an unsurpassed blessing, a direct and meaningful connection to your divine destiny.
I’ve identified three simple questions that will help you identify what your God-given purpose in life is.
1.What am I most passionate about?
I discuss in The Hollywood Commandments, Chapter Two: You Are the Talent that you’d know that you are pursuing a talent from God when you love doing it, it stretches you, and it validates you.
You love doing it. Do you have numbers and accounting and wonder how in the world anyone could do that boring, repetitive work and not lose their minds? I completely understand. But there are some people who love figures and bookkeeping and profit and loss statements and would rather be working with them than doing whatever you’re doing. If you love what you do, even if you don’t get paid for it, it’s likely to be a talent. God places that love in our hearts because He knows that the more we love what He asks us to do, the more likely we are to do it and excel at it.
It stretches you. God isn’t interested in your comfort zone if it doesn’t serve Him. His gift to you is His gift whether you’re comfortable with it or not—but if you’re not, that’s a great sign that it is something that you should be pursuing. If nurturing this God-given ability pushes you to test yourself or leads you down career paths that you’re not completely comfortable with, embrace it. God wants us all to stretch and grow beyond that we believe we can do today and to turn that slight current of fear into exultation.
It validates you. If what you’re spending your time doing, whether it’s your career or currently just a hobby, makes you feel like your days have meaning and that you’re adding something important to the world, that’s important validation. Even if only you and God see that it’s meaningful, that’s enough.
2.What do I do well naturally?
Most times people work on a particular craft and in time, they master it. For other people, they have a natural ability such as singing or cooking or writing. This is an indication that God assigned you this gift and it is your duty to pursue it.
God gifts us each with unique talents and calls us to use them to fulfill some part of His purpose. Remember what Paul said in Romans 12: 6-8 (NIV): “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy is accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Paul was right. We’ve all been gifted with a variety of unique skills and talents. But talent is more than just a set of skills. It’s who we are—who you are.
Remember your career is not always reflective of your purpose and talent. Sometimes your job is just meant to finance your talents and put you in the company of those you will impact and who will strengthen your gifts.
3.What is the vision God gave me of my life?
God will not give you a vision of your life that He doesn’t want for you too. He will not give you abilities if they are not aligned with what he knows you are destined to fulfill. God gifts us each with unique talents and calls us to use them to fulfill some part of His purpose. So lastly, ask yourself, am I serving God with my purpose?
If God is telling you to do something, do not allow anyone or anything to deter you. It is your life’s mission to fulfill your purpose!
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Now that you have the tools to find your purpose, it’s time to take action! In the comments below, let me know what YOUR purpose is and ONE THING you will do TODAY to get on that path.