I have been sick for a while now – and I was thinking a lot about life, about myself and my personality. To be honest with you – I do this quite often. What I also constantly do is: thinking about the purpose of MY life. And asking God: what on earth am I here for? What does God want me to do?
I don’t want to just live my life “somehow”, I want to make a difference in people’s life. But how? By using the gifts and talents God gave me. But what if you have many gifts? Which one do you use? And where?
I downloaded an App: The purpose driven life from Rick Warren – which I highly recommend. I want to quote some passages from it here. Maybe you can take also some out of it for your own life. For me it’s a help.
Here are some quotes from the first chapter:
“The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point – ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. The Bible says, “It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.”
It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.
You were made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not your using him for your own purpose.
You can usually succeed in reaching a goal if you put your mind to it. But being successful and fulfilling your life’s purpose are not at all the same issue.
You could reach all your personal goals, becoming a raving success by the world’s standard, and still miss the purpose for which God created you.
It’s about becoming what God created you to be.
The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it.
The same is true for discovering your life’s purpose: ask God.
You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
God was thinking of you long before you ever thought of him. You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don’t get to choose your purpose.”
I am still discovering what God wants me to do!
Looking forward to hearing from you what your purpose in life is or thoughts about what I wrote!
Quotes from the App: The Purpose driven life – what on earth am I here for, Rick Warren