Tonight I want to talk about purpose. Mainly because it’s been something that has been weighing on me for months, but also because I want to know what you think.
I believe in purpose. I believe that I am here on this Earth because there is some contribution or difference I am supposed to make that only I can make. I believe that’s why you’re here, too. I believe that we all have different talents and personalities and viewpoints because we are intended to make the mark that only we can make. And I believe, as Oprah has said, that it’s my job to figure out what my purpose is and get about the business of fulfilling it.
Problem is, I have no idea what that is.
Now this never happens to me, but tonight I sat down to open up my book of devotionals and the scripture for September 8 was this from 1 Peter (4:10):
“Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others.”
Clearly Someone knows that this has been on mind. In the book, Max Lucado adds his own thoughts:
“Blessed are those who recognize their God-given responsibilities. Blessed are those who know what on Earth they are on Earth to do and set themselves about the business of doing it.”
So if you don’t know what your responsibility is, how do you discover it? God told Jeremiah, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Wow. “Before you were born I set you apart.” This is a lot for my human brain to grasp, but I know enough to know that if God set me apart from all the rest of His miraculous creations, there must be a good reason.
What do you think? Do you know your purpose? Your calling? If so, how did you finally come around to understanding it?