For we are God’s workmanship
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
What is my purpose? This is a question that everyone has to answer. People struggle with answering this question…people die trying to answer this question…people search their whole lifetime trying to answer this question. Some of us start asking this question at a very young age; some have just always known.
I have never been one of the latter. How lovely it would be to know what you want to do with your life from a young age. I am one of those people who, well into my late twenties, am still trying to figure out my purpose.
I can’t say for sure what the big picture is, but I can say that focusing on the end game has caused me to miss out on a significant amount of present time. I believe that yes, a goal should be in mind; but when you don’t know what the future holds (which is often), you should do what you know to do right now. Doing nothing is a waste of time.
For instance, I have had quite a few jobs in my working career and just about each one I have treated as a means to an end. I do my job and I do it well. I excel in the actual performance but my attitude has not always been the best. Instead of going in with the mindset that this job is what is paying my bills now, I go in with the mindset that this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, so it’s not important. Have you ever tried to do a job that you didn’t think was important? Coupled with the fact that I’ve always had the mindset that there are always more jobs…disaster is what occurs. And I’m not a bad employee. It is just the way that I approach the job that is the problem. I feel that ‘If this were my purpose, then I would be happy doing it.” Ha! Being content is something that is cultivated, it doesn’t just happen because the circumstances are good.
So, your purpose? Well, your purpose can be in the moment. Your purpose doesn’t define your worth. Your worth is always found in God himself. Your purpose is simply the role(s) you are in at any given moment. Your attitude during any season determines whether you see you in your purpose. Purpose isn’t just a one-time ultimate goal. It shifts. God has “good works” for us. Not just one single work /purpose.
Make sure that you are mindful of your current purpose…and not blinded by your end game goal.