Purpose – it is a concept that is not often talked about anymore, and yet it is at the heart of the human existence. We were created on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose. We were never meant simply to take up space and consume oxygen. No…there is more to this life than that. We are were created with this sense that we were meant to do something specific, contribute to society and the world in some tangible fashion. Our sense of purpose is that source of our hope and life force. It is the reason that we get out of bed in the morning. And it makes life worth living.
Purpose, in general, in defined as “the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists; the proper activity of a person or thing.” The implication here is that there can be improper activity, or maybe a misunderstanding of purpose. Myles Monroe states in his many books on purpose that “if you don’t know how something is meant to function, you will misuse or abuse it.” This applies to anything that has a determined purpose and function. Purpose has a way of giving form and direction to your life that otherwise doesn’t have any. The bottom line here is that, if you choose not to seek out your purpose in life, or you have no sense of why you are here on this earth, you will abuse the life that you have been giving. And abuse comes in a variety of forms – partying too much, lack of discipline and responsibility, lack of accountability, treating your body like an amusement park instead of a temple, etc. When your life lacks purpose and direction, you are headed for disaster and destruction, and the implications can be profound.
Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in a man’s life are the day he is born and the day he finds out why.” That’s the power of purpose. It becomes your modus operandi in life’s journey, the thing that gives your life meaning and creates the foundation for a legacy that you can leave for your children and grandchildren. This is something that we often lose sight of. Everything that you do – every choice you make, every direction in life that you choose – has generational implications. How you live life in front of the next generation is how they are going to conduct themselves as adults, and how they will teach the generation after them as well. You see, purpose is not just about you, and the sooner you realize that, the better impact you can have.
Purpose possesses the power of influence. Your purpose is tailor-made to who you are and the experiences you have had in your lifetime, as well as those things and areas that you are most passionate about. Discover what you are passionate about, and I guarantee you it will lead you to your purpose. The saddest conversation I ever had was with a gentleman who was in his late 40s and had no idea what his purpose was in life. Here was a man who had served his country in the Marines for years, and now worked security in the prison system. Both his parents were still living, and active in their church community. But he, for some reason, had not found what his purpose was. Or rather, he wasn’t actively seeking out his purpose. I found it incredibly disheartening to see this man at this stage of his life, with absolutely no sense of who he was or what he was meant to be in life. He just existed to take up space and consume oxygen. Sure he had a job that provided for his basic needs, and some of his wants, but his life lacked the impact he was meant to embody on this side of eternity. He was aimless.
How many people are walking this earth aimless? How many people are simply going through the motions because society tells them to, but they aren’t really living because they fail to realize that they were created with a purpose in mind? How profoundly sad that they lack an innate sense of self and a sense that they were meant for something bigger than themselves! There is a story about George Washington Carver that tells about how he came to discover the many uses for the peanut. He was having a conversation with God about himself and his purpose in life, and he asked God, “What was on your mind when you made me?” And God told him, “That’s too big a question for you to ask me.” So George thought for a moment and then he asked, “What was on your mind when you made the peanut?” And God replied, “That’s a question that I can answer.” That story always makes me smile, because George Washington Carver was not just bold enough to seek out his purpose in life, but he went to the right Source to find the answer. You see, there will always be someone who thinks that they know what you are supposed to do with your life. Your parents may have high aspirations for you. Your friends may be able to see what you are good at, where you are talented. But none of them created you. There is only one person who will be able to tell you for certain what you were created for, and that is your Creator.
Just like there is only one person who can tell you who you are, there is only one person who can tell you what your purpose is meant to be. Your Creator is the one who gave you your raison d’etre when you were created. He created you unique and with a built-in purpose that justifies your existence on this earth. Discovering your purpose in life is by far the most defining moment of your entire life journey. There is nothing like it, because it has the power to define who you are and with whom you surround yourself. There is nothing wrong or arrogant about only wanting to surround yourself with like-minded people, because they will encourage your pursuit of purpose, instead of drag you down. And don’t let anything or anyone deter you from seeking out your purpose in life. Those are usually the people who somehow perfectly content to take up space and convert oxygen to carbon dioxide. They live to survive; but we were created to THRIVE. Don’t settle for simply going through life existing, going through the motions. No, beloved, you were meant for so much more than that. You have a purpose, and you were meant to thrive and flourish and live abundantly.
So, the question is, what was on God’s mind when He created you?