Mark-Twain“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

Most never experience the second day – the day they find out why they were born.

I want to help you begin to discover your why

Everything you do is moving you somewhere. What you decide to do is either moving you toward a desired end or away from an undesired destination. Either way, you are moving toward some kind of purpose.

For some, their purpose is trying make themselves look successful. Or beautiful. Or athletic. Or popular. Or smart. Or rich. Their purpose is all about themselves.

Some of us have gotten past all this. We have realized that we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to make a difference. We want to matter. And so we take up a cause to help people, save the planet, solve world problems, create awareness about some issue. These are wonderful goals to pursue in life.

But what about us those of us who are Christians? What is our purpose? Why are we here?

Let me share with you a few ideas…

glorify-GodThe purpose of your life is to glorify God.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor.10:31).

You were created to ‘glorify God.’ What does it mean to glorify God? It means that our life will praise and magnify Him. We love Him because He loves us.

The Westminster Catechism reminds us: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Love God by Loving Others.

You were created to glorify, praise and worship God. Sometimes it’s hard to define what that means. But Jesus made it pretty clear, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength… and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31).

I don’t know of a single person who claims to be a Christian who can’t agree that this is their purpose. Love God by loving others.

So how do we love others? How is it demonstrated? Love as a concept or emotion is just that – a concept or emotion. It’s like World Peace – we all want it but unless we do something it’s just a great idea. So when does love move beyond just a good idea… when we serve. 

Christ-washing-feetBy serving others we serve God.

Jesus is our best example. He loved everyone and showed His love to people. He taught them, healed them, fed them, washed their feet, and even died for them. Jesus loved people by serving them.

After washing His disciples’ feet, Jesus simply said, “I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you… If you know these things, happy are you if you do them” (John 13:15,17).

Why did Jesus wash His disciples feet? They were dirty. So your purpose is not just to love people. Your purpose is to serve people in practical ways that meets needs.

We are all different. We were all born different with unique DNA. But that’s just birth. Add to that the influence of parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, teachers, coaches, pastors, neighbors, counselors, and friends and we become even more different from each other. Add to that our one-of-a-kind experiences, talents and gifts. Like your fingerprints, you are unique and different from any other person who ever lived.

God is not surprised at our differences. In fact, God had a huge part in the person you are right now, creating some of the opportunities you’ve had and redeeming some you tried to make yourself. So….

uniqueServe others as the unique you.

What does this mean? What is an action verb that best describes you? What is something that you do that excites you, comes natural, and you are good at. Maybe you immediately know what it was. It’s what you love to do and would do all the time if you could. Others recognize you for this.

For some it is to encourage. For others it is to connect. For others it is to organize. There’s a whole host of actions that could describe you. Here are a few examples…

accomplish, acquire, affirm, alleviate, believe, build, communicate, compliment, connect, counsel, create, defend, demonstrate, direct, discover, dream, educate, embrace, encourage, engineer, enlighten, entertain, enthuse, excite, explore, facilitate, finance, forgive, gather, give, heal, hold, illuminate, improve, inspire, involve, know, labor, launch, lead, love, mediate, model, mold, motivate, nurture, organize, persuade, praise, prepare, produce, promote, reclaim, reform, relate, renew, restore, revise, save, sell, serve, share, speak, support, surrender, sustain, trade, understand, use, validate, value, volunteer, work, write.

If you still can’t figure out which one it is, choose 3-4 of those I’ve listed and ask others which is you.

Once you have discovered your unique purpose, talk to God about it. Give who you are and your purpose to God. God has been in this life journey long before you knew you were on a journey. He’s been putting people and experiences in your life to make you who you are to prepare you for maybe today when you recognize your purpose.

So humble yourself and give God your purpose, “Here I am. All in! Remove fear so I won’t limit what You want to do in and through me. Help me help others”

There is no greater act of worship than giving God all of you.

I hope this helps you begin the new year on purpose. There are some things that we are all called to do: glorify and love God, love and serve others. But there is a unique way you live out your purpose. You can discover the joy and peace of life as you live your life to love and serve God and others the way God made you. 

You can also read some of my similar articles: Live Life on Purpose, 3 Considerations When Fulfilling Your Purpose, 5 Ways Your Church Can Help You Live Your Purpose.