When I was a child, I had this sense there was some purpose to my life that would involve helping others. However, I would hear speakers in the church I went to at the time come and tell their stories of being missionaries in other countries or traveling around the world. Although I found the pictures of other lands and people exciting, they also shared how they overcame difficult circumstances and learned to live by faith, particularly in related to money.
"What a dreadful life," I thought to myself. Somehow this left me with the view that if you lived a life of purpose it would require doing many things you did not enjoy and being broke. This resulted in me resisting identifying my true calling for many years due to a false belief it would make me miserable. It's amazing how powerful beliefs formed in childhood can be.
Your purpose will align with your passion
What I finally discovered over the course of my life was the opposite is the case: whatever your purpose is will align with your passion. To achieve your calling or mission in the world requires a tremendous amount of energy. Only your deepest desire will fuel you sufficiently to accomplish your vision.
Another thing I learned was God, The Universe, or whatever you believe in, has your best interest at heart. Fundamentalists of every faith teach a God that is harsh and punitive, while at the same time attempting to convince us of God's loving nature. Your desire is the Divine expressing itself through you. God enjoys things to the highest degree. In the New Testament, the first miracle Jesus performed was turning water into wine. We have the dimensions of the water bottles they used in the story. They come out to 908 bottles of wine, which happened late in the party after they had been celebrating for several days. This is what God is like.
A world of abundance
Lastly, we live in a world of abundance. Everything you need is already here; you are surrounded by it. Let go of your lack mentality. There is no honor in being poor unless you are doing so to wean yourself off of your addiction to materialism. Sure. There are times I have had to face financial challenges as a result of pursuing my purpose.However, they were not dreadful to me as a due to the fulfillment I experienced from following my mission.
If you resonate with any part of my story, or are in the process of trying to find you purpose, focus in on identifying your passion and desires. Your purpose will never be disconnected from your heart's desire. Take encouragement from this. We live in a benevolent universe. God does not desire for you to suffer. Any pain we experience is for the purpose of our growth. Everything happens for you, not too you. To live your best life, discover what you enjoy most, then do it to the highest degree possible.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.