Viewing your purpose as more than just a career or your achievements in school or lack thereof is especially helpful when you consider how much you will change over your lifetime.
It is estimated that the average person will have 12-15 different jobs in their lifetime. If the entirety of your self-worth is wrapped up in the career you have or don’t have, or your accomplishments that may fade with time, you’re signing up for some real emotional turbulence.
Many people may experience feelings of anxiety or hopelessness when they are no longer recognized as the star athlete or top scholar or class clown or when their careers shift and their sense of purpose is lost. And that’s why it is so important to find your purpose in more than just what you are labeled or what you do from nine to five.
You are going to change a lot over time. You’ll develop new skill sets, discover new passions, and maybe the specifics of your purpose don’t feel the same as they used to. This can be a really good thing. Embracing the changes as they come may help calm feelings of anxiety and empower you to move forward in the next phase of your life journey.
It would be nice if discovering your purpose could be boiled down to a list of bullet points or a five-step guide, but that simply isn’t the case. If the vision of your purpose is still blurry, you’re certainly not alone.
Whether your idea of purpose is crystal clear or feels miles away, the undeniable truth is this: you were created to do much more than just exist. Being made in the image of God means that you are now and have always been here for a reason, even if you haven’t discovered it yet.
At the end of the day – your purpose is about loving God and loving others. It’s not about you. So if you are struggling to find meaning in your life….if you feel like you are wandering aimlessly, perhaps it is time to take your eyes off yourself and see what you can do for others. You will be amazed at how a shift in your perspective will give you purpose.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38