Ever felt like you lack direction and purpose? Don’t know where to start?
The first step to a life of purpose and find purpose in life can be triggered by asking yourself these 3 questions…
1| How do I have a purposeful life?
It begins with what I do with each day. Be absorbed with every moment. Take time to stop and appreciate the simple things and develop gratitude for everything.
Most days we feel that the day flies by too quickly and we don’t have enough time for everything. The English Chambers Dictionary defines time as ‘the continuous passing and succession of minutes, days, and years.’ Yet this doesn’t really tell us what time is at all; it just tells us how we have measured time.
Over time, our perspective changes and we look beyond what we can see. ‘And I know God has made everything beautiful for its time. God has also placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doings of God.’ Ecclesiastes 3:11 (The Voice).
Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have,
And only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
2| How do I achieve purpose in my life?
It begins with how I manage the time I have daily. With the thinking – what can I do with my experiences, born from suffering or trials to assist others.
The Bible gives us clear instructions on how we can manage our time. Teach us to number our days so that we may truly live and achieve wisdom (Psalms 90:12). The more we study God’s word (like looking into a mirror), we begin to change aspects of our life to reflect what we see and make it look better (in line with God’s word).
The Eternal’s law is perfect, turning lives around. His words are reliable and true, instilling wisdom to open minds. The Eternal’s directions are correct, giving satisfaction to the heart. God’s commandments are clear, lending clarity to the eyes. The awe of the Eternal is clean, sustaining for all of eternity. The Eternal’s decisions are sound; they are right through and through. They are worth more than gold— even more than abundant, pure gold. They are sweeter to the tongue than honey or the drippings of the honeycomb. Psalm 19: 7—10 (The Voice).
Time, the cradle of hope-
Wisdom walks before it, Opportunity with it, Repentance behind it:
He that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies,
But he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.
Charles Caleb Colton
3| How do I live a purposeful life?
It begins with what I choose to do and how I explore the resources I have to carry out tasks; the unexpected; etc. An inquisitive mind to know and understand leads you to meaning and purpose in life.
Time is of the greatest fact to finding purpose. This should be a planned decision everyday. We must adopt the following saying – ‘Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts; do not make the mistake of doubting your beliefs and believing your doubts.’ Charles F. Deems. When we do this based on God’s truth we will find that ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6: 21 (The Voice).
A – Always put God first in your life.
B – Be a true friend & You will have many friends.
C – Count your blessings daily & Thank God too.
D – Discipline yourself & Decide to make your life count.
E – Edify & Encourage others consistently.
F – Follow great leaders & Then become one.
G – Give liberally & joyfully of your time, talents and means.
H – Have an attitude of gratitude.
I – Invert any negatives thrown your way & Turn them into positives.
J – Journey through life one step at a time & One day at a time.
K – Keep written goals set ahead & Make specific plans to accomplish them.
L – Love and forgive everybody.
M – Maximize your strengths & Minimize your weaknesses.
N – Never, never, never give up!
O – Open the door wide when opportunity knocks.
P – Practice patience. Promote peace.
Q – Quit bad habits and replace them with good habits.
R – Read God’s Word and other profitable material every chance you get.
S – Share the Gospel whenever and wherever possible.
T – Take time to appreciate everything and everyone God has given to you.
U – Use your God given common sense.
V – Visualise your dreams and stretch to reach them.
W – Watch, listen and pray without ceasing.
X – Xamine your motives on a regular basis.
Y – Yield to the Holy Spirit when He prompts you.
Z – Zoom in on God’s real purpose for your life.
Move from merely existing to grasping a life of purpose. A reason for living and a why attached to every action you make. Be determined to be the person who lived for something. Discover what challenges you and gives you a sense of passion. Seek excellence in all your pursuits.