Do you know your life purpose? Do you know what your life journey is all about? Why did God create YOU, the unique YOU with your combination of competencies, attitudes, talents and experiences? Why now not in any other time? Why here not anywhere else? Why in the family and circumstances you are in?
Have you ever asked yourself what message all your experiences in life, your achievements and your breakthroughs, your failures and your breakdowns, are preparing you for? God will not ask you what your last position was, but rather what your intentions were and where you focused your attention and energy………
What, when you do it, gives you determination, energy, passion, inspiration and drive to keep going even when you are exhausted beyond measure?
Why do you go through an awakening, where you put your life on pause momentarily and search your soul for your life purpose, when one of these incidents occurs:
- You retire and your children grow up, and you realize your purpose of putting food on the table, raising a family and making ends meet is no longer needed
- After getting the position and the big salary and the dream house and the car and the designer shoes and realizing they are no happier or richer than you were before you got them!
- Around the age of 40 – 45, the “mid-life crisis” phase, when you suddenly feel you do not know who you are anymore
- After living a tragedy like the death of a loved one
- After suffering a near-death experience, like an accident or surgery, and surviving
- When you suffer from a serious illness
These are the top “2” reasons you need to get a little obsessed about finding your life purpose NOW!
1. Connect with your reason for being on this earth!
God created us on this earth for 3 main reasons: to connect with him, to worship him and to lead a purposeful life. A meaningful life that rises above the material possessions and needs, and seeks to add value to our world through our “life project”…….
As renowned life coach, Ahmed El Aawar, so eloquently puts it: “Your purpose is your compass, your true north. It helps you map out your life direction and guides you back when you are lost”
Life purpose → Purposeful Goals → Clear Action plans → Daily actions → Meaningful life
Hazy purpose → Random goals → Random action plans → Random daily actions → Shallow living
And, the first step to START the journey is to KNOW your life purpose.
2. Direct your choices and priorities
Do you know the story of the big rocks in life?
One day a university professor was speaking to a group of students. He pulled out an extremely large jar and set it on a table. Then he produced about a dozen big rocks and placed them, one at a time, into the jar.
When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone said, “Yes.” “Really?” he asked. “Let’s see.”
He pulled out some pebbles and dumped them in. He shook the jar, causing the pieces to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He asked the students again, “Is the jar full?” His class was catching on quickly. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Very good!” he replied.
He then brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. When he was finished he asked again, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. “Excellent!” he replied.
Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and poured it in until the jar was filled to the brim. The students looked at jar which was totally full, then looked back at him.
The professor looked intently back at the students and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”
One student said, “You could always fit more things into your life if you really work at it.”
The professor said “That’s true, but it’s not the point of this illustration”. He said, “The point is, if you don’t put the big rocks in first, …… would you ever have gotten any of them in?“
Your jar represents your life and the big rocks are the cornerstones of your life, they are the things that really matter in your life – God, your purpose, your loved ones, your health, your values and your time.
Without getting every big rocks in place first, they will never ever get in. You can be busy pandering around with the pebbles (money, status, career, wealth, fame), sand and water in your life and your big rocks will always be left at a side, with no room left for them. There will always be space available in your life for the pebbles, sand and water, no matter when or where. But for there to be space to place your big rocks, you need to deliberately make the decision to put them in first.
At the end of your life, you do not regret the work you left on your desk or the promotion you did not get or the account you did not win or the designer bag you could not afford or even the money you did not make. What you do regret is the time you did not spend connecting with GOD and with your loved ones, the time you did not spend with your family and children, and the time not spent working on something useful to show for your existence.
Knowing your life purpose gives you your “big rocks” and helps you direct your focus and energy, so for everything you are giving your time and attention to you know for which big rock you are doing it?
The journey to find your life purpose is a long, soul-searching and sometimes painful one, and it is also the most rewarding journey you will ever go on !
So, are you ready to embark on the journey to find your life purpose? Read this article to show you how……