My understanding in reading the Bible is that God’s people were created to praise and to please Him. As such, we all have the same ultimate purpose. Once we know this, then our question becomes, “How do I live in that purpose?” This is where goals come into play. See, for me, I always looked at the goals as the purpose. I would get an idea of what to do with my life, pursue that idea and accomplish it. Then, I could check it off my list of things I achieved in life. But, on the other side of the feat, I would still feel empty. And, I did not understand why I felt so barren when I was fulfilling my purpose.
What I did not realize was that those accomplishments were not the purpose. They were meant to be goals within the purpose of praising and pleasing God. However, when I took them out of that purpose and pursued the goals because I wanted recognition for how phenomenal I am, they became unsatisfying. I expected there to be a finish line for my purpose. I thought that there was some thing that I would do and it would satiate me.
In fact, purpose is ongoing. There is not a finish line. So, we must choose to live everyday on purpose. We must choose to live a live that is pleasing to God and gives praise for all that He has done. It is not about yelling out hallelujahs; it is about living out your hallelujah. It is about using the gifts that God has blessed you with to be a testimony for Him all the time. If you can turn those talents into your business ministry and your focus is on Kingdom building, that is fantastic. But, you are no less living on purpose, should you choose to work for someone else and be a light, a shining example of the goodness of God.
The important thing to remember is that children of God were created for the same purpose, but there are many different ways of fulfilling that purpose. God is so awesome that He gave each of us a different, but important function in the Body of Christ. He did not make us all cookie-cutter people. Our purpose is an everyday journey, not a destination. Yes, we meet goals along the way, but the purpose does not end when we meet a goal. And, the accomplishment of a goal is not so that we can show how great we are, but so that God’s greatness can be revealed.
So, live on purpose and be grateful for and take advantage of the wealth of opportunities each day to praise and please God. I have found that living on purpose is much more rewarding than checking accomplishments off of a list. Ms. EV