Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What Is Your Purpose?

Do you know what your life purpose is?

Most people don't. At least not the ones I ask.

Yes, we all have purposes inherent in our roles as friends, husbands, wives, parents, employees—as just plain people.

Keep food on the table. Raise responsible kids. Work hard and pray for a raise. Be honest. Learn the word of God and follow it. Good purposes. Ostensible ones.

But what is your real purpose? What did you come to earth to accomplish, to be? What is something only you can uniquely do?

Do you know? Can you know?

I believe you can. I believe you should. Here's how I came to know.

I have asked myself the same question for most of my life, but a little over three years ago, on October 14, 2010 to be exact, I opened a Word document on my computer and wrote what I thought was my life purpose. Actually, I wrote it and rewrote it. Over and over.

Now I have a written the 38th draft of my life purpose (I kept track of the drafts) and I know what my purpose is. I really do. It's a simple phrase. It's only nine words long. But it is a purpose that informs and suffuses everything I do.

Because of it, I know what I am going to do tomorrow and why. And the next day. And next year. That purpose is clear to me. I don't have to wonder about it, not anymore. I have a path to follow and with a sure destination.

Try this. Write your life purpose down. You'll be close on the first try. Then keep going. Write until your heart and head are lined up, until they agree on at least one thing. It will set you free.

Do you want to know what my life purpose is? I'll tell you.

I inspire others to see the best in themselves.

That's it. Simple but true.

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