“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one… the being a force of nature…” George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish writer
I am asked on occasion what does it mean by living on “Purpose”? Did God predestine me to be or do something special in life? The answer is yes we all have gifts in life. However, how we utilize them is the key to true joy in life. If you are asking me if God wants you to be something specific then the answer is no. For instance if your gift is to be a doctor and you choose to become a nurse or an EMT or maybe you opt out of the medical field totally and become a pilot. Are you not living on “purpose or in the “Will of God”? Absolutely not!
Our gifts are not specific I truly believe that God wants us to be happy, joyous and free. God has blessed us with the ability to make decisions. That is what separates us from the animal kingdom. However, I want to clarify one thing, that is your “Purpose” may or may not be your professional vocation. You may have a job that enjoy but you study to become a Deacon in the Church, or you work at an animal shelter as a volunteer.
So how do you determine what your purpose is in life? Here are two exercises to complete, it is best if you do them together. First take some time to write out all of your strengths and your weaknesses, your likes and dislikes. Simply write them on a piece of paper. Then start writing a list of vocations that you would consider or believe you could do. When you get to the one that moves you emotionally you have found the answer. It is the thing that will get you up and moving.
You have found your “Purpose” you will experience the joy of living!
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