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Finding Your Purpose in Life

“Why am I here?”

Have you ever asked that question?  It’s one I’ve asked many times during my life.  In fact, it has probably been my MOST asked question ever! At some point, we all crave answers about finding our purpose in life.

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Surviving Difficulties Makes You Ask Questions

Having survived cancer, when so many do not, is a huge part of the reason why I wonder about my purpose.  Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? What does God want from me? What’s the secret to finding my purpose in life?

I’ve heard it many times that God has a plan for my life.  In sermons and while reading devotionals, the subject is often addressed.  Pastor Rick Warren has an entire series on being “purpose-driven.” And even though we hear about it often, many of us still struggle with finding your purpose in life.  

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“God’s not done with you yet.”  I’ve heard this one a lot over the years too.  Although it’s meant to encourage (I’ve even said it to people), this statement can make a person wonder why God isn’t done with them.   I’ve questioned why I’m still here and others are not.

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How Can You Get Answers?

I also wonder, if God’s not done with me, then shouldn’t I know WHY? Shouldn’t I have some divine inspiration as to what He has called me to do? Why is He not done with me, and why am I still here?

Although I don’t have all the answers, there are some methods I use to figure out why I am here.

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Daily Bible Reading Can Help With Finding Your Purpose

My start to every morning is spending a few moments in Bible study and prayer. When I begin my day with God, my attitude is more focused and positive. This makes my day soooooo much better!

One snowy morning last year, I was in the middle of my prayer time, and I asked God the same question AGAIN! Why am I still here???  As I said before, I’ve been asking this question a lot in the last 14 years.

Then, it hit me. Ever since becoming a cancer survivor, I’ve felt that God wanted me to use my story to help others.  Until this moment I was unsure of the HOW to go about doing that.

Writing is something I have always enjoyed doing.  Trying to find the best wording to convey a message is actually fun for me (weird, I know).  So, during this particular devotional time, it finally clicked: I should start a blog. It was such a surreal moment, I started shaking and crying and laughing all at the same time!  It was as if God himself had whispered the idea in my ear. And maybe He did…

This was my clear sign, my revelation, from God.   He wanted me to share my story, and he wanted me to use a blog to do it.  Finding your purpose in life is easy when you have one of these moments.

See What’s Right in Front of You

Sometimes, God shoves what he wants us to do right in front of us. But we can often miss it. It’s kind of like the old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees.” You might need to take a step back to help with finding your purpose.

I’ve been a teacher for over 20 years. It’s a job I love and enjoy. It has also been a blessing to have a work schedule that is closer to that of my children as they grew up.

But, I can also struggle with burnout from my job. High-stakes testing and time-consuming paperwork can suck the joy right out of teaching. Add to that dealing with behavior issues and worrying 24/7 about your “kids” and the struggle is real!

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When I get burnt out with teaching, I can lose sight of my purpose and the reason I wanted to teach in the first place. I didn’t do it to fill out overwhelming paperwork, or to cram facts and curriculum down the kids’ throats. My purpose for becoming a teacher was to make a difference and change the lives of the children in my care.

Early last week I got sick and had to miss 2 days of school. During these unexpected days at home, I spent a lot of time thinking about my students. I thought about all the different personalities and needs each of them had. By Wednesday, I was feeling better and ready to go!

Stepping back for a few days gave me some perspective. It helped me with finding my purpose in teaching (again)!

Other Uplifting Ways for Finding Your Purpose in Life

At other times, God is not so straightforward.   I’ve been reading a devotional on the Bible App called “Overwhelmed by My Blessings.”  By Robin Meadows. It’s all about being a good mom, but it’s also about loving and forgiving yourself when you make mistakes. This will help you become the mother Jesus wants you to be.  

This devotional is very uplifting to anyone in the mothering (or parenting) stage of life.  My children are mostly grown, but I can still relate to it in many ways. Not only is it written to inspire mothers, but it also challenges the reader to be an encouragement to others.  

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After reading several devotions from this series, I’ve felt a small nudge in my heart that I need to be more encouraging to others. I need to look less at what people are doing wrong and more toward what they are doing RIGHT.  I also need to mention their successes, compliment them, and encourage them to continue. Through this devotional reading, I was able to find my purpose in life.

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Even though I didn’t have that overwhelming, earth-shattering moment this time, I still feel strongly that God is leading me to encourage others.   He wants me to encourage those I know in person, those I interact with through social media, and those I know through this blog!

My purpose is that, by lifting others up, they will see the love of Christ through my actions.

How do you go about finding your purpose in life? Drop a comment below and let me know! Make it a great one 🙂

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