When I started this blog, it was my mandate to help people find the reason for their existence and maximise their potentials in the pursuit of their purpose. Although, I have tried to talk about various issues as I have found them relevant to my goal, I feel the need to talk more specifically to those who still seek discovery.
One of the biggest truths that has confronted me in my pursuit to help find and give a deeper meaning to their lives by understanding the intention of the creator for their lives is the fact that I cannot tell people their purposes.
There are very few instances where I am inspired to believe that solving a particular problem is the purpose of a friend I just spoke with. But this happens rarely.
Purpose discovery is about You and Your relationship with Your creator. Your purpose can only be discovered by relating personally with your Creator. Only God can tell you your purpose. It is very important that we get this truth because only God can sustain our pursuit too. It all starts and ends with God.
That said, I believe that purpose discovery is not always exclusively a matter of prayer and fasting. While these are integral to the whole process, your discovery is basically a gaining of understanding- what I like to call “your a-ha moment!” It is that moment (or for some, a series of moments) when it all begins to make sense- your gifts, passion, personality, experiences- all begin to lead somewhere and you get this sense of “I was made for this!”
Thus, it all depends on your ability to hear and be connected to God. I believe the process of discovery always involves a level of Holy Spirit co-ordinated soul-searching aimed at helping you uncover your true self and understanding your SHAPE. You were designed for your assignment. So, understanding your design will help in finding that for which you were assigned!
If you are at this stage of purpose discovery, I want to ask you to find some time alone with God and attend to this three-part questionnaire adapted from my gleanings from Don Cousin’s Experiencing Leadershift. I believe your discovery could be aided by them.
List what you believe to be your primary spiritual gifts and talents. Then write a one or two sentence definition of each gift you list. Your spiritual gifts and talents were given to you with your purpose in view. Understanding them is important to your discovery and pursuit.
Write a paragraph stating what you’re most passionate about. What is it that really get your juices flowing? What turns your crank, keeps you awake at night? What or who do you feel deeply about? If you could focus all your life in a particular direction, what would it be? If you could do something without pay, what would it be? This would reflect your passion and your unique heartbeat for God.
Have you ever experienced a deep satisfaction doing something with a feeling that God’s power was released through you? Have you done something before that felt like God showed up while you did it? What were you doing when you had this experience? Highlight 5 of such experiences in which you felt God’s pleasure. This would help open your eyes to the possibility that you are already in pursuit, but just didn’t know.
If the experiences you shared have something in common that reflects your passion and express your gifts, you might just have found purpose. I want to beg you to let God lead you through the process. Don’t assume you have found purpose until you hear a Word from him to confirm your discovery and tell you what is next!
If you have issues with hearing God, Rick Warren has been doing a series on this on his Daily Hope devotional. You can find help there!
I would love to help and hear from you. If you would like to share issues from your search for your life assignment with me or would want me to hear the story of your pursuit, kindly contact me! It would be my greatest pleasure to be part of what God wants to do through you!