It’s been such a LONG time since I last wrote! I hope you are all doing well. Exams finished about two weeks ago now and I just needed some down time before I came back in full effect. I’ve missed writing so much and this particular blog post has been on my heart for some time. I am even writing this whilst on holiday in America – that’s how much I couldn’t wait. If you are a fellow writer, then I’m sure you know about that ‘itch’ in your hand. When you HAVE to get your ideas on paper regardless of where you are.
Let me get straight into it. This particular post is about ‘purpose’, as the title states. I really thought I understood the meaning of the word. It wasn’t until recently that I realised that in theory I might understand the definition. But in practicality, it isn’t as easy as I thought.
PURPOSE – the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. This short definition still seems simple enough. The purpose of a bed for example, is for someone to sleep in. The purpose of a spoon, is for someone to eat with. I’ve seemed to have grasped the whole concept. That’s not the problem. My problem has come from discovering what exactly my purpose is.
In my 20 years, my life has just centred upon education. With the hope somewhere in the future of me securing a job, getting married and having children. My life has seemed quite structured and comfortable to a certain extent. I almost know what tomorrow will bring (by God’s grace that I see another day). By this I mean that I knew that after secondary school, I would go to sixth form and then to university. It has always been rather clear cut for me. I knew that all I needed to do was to pass the exams so I can elevate to the next level of education, until I graduated. I hope this is making sense, but almost like a fixed game – my next move had already been premeditated. This was something that I could rely upon in my youth & naivety. As I’ve gotten older, I have discovered that there is more to life than the things that I mentioned above. Also, as my relationship with God has grown, I also know that God has his own plan for me. I have my own God-given purpose.
I’m sure I am not the only person who has dealt with wondering what my purpose is. I can’t be the only person who has had sleepless nights worrying about my future. Or it might even be a situation where you know what God wants you to do and where He wants you to go, but you’re just wondering how? I don’t have all of the answers, I haven’t got it completely figured out either. I’m still trying to discover my purpose too or let me say – understand it better. But remember God said, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5). Your purpose isn’t some random plan that was just put together one day- it has been instilled in you from the time you were conceived in the womb. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5).
I found some Bible quotes that really reassured me, so I thought I’d share them with you guys too:
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16)
God makes no mistakes. That thing that has been on your heart for ages that you are too scared to start. Go ahead and start it. Through your passion, you will find your purpose. God has called you for that specific purpose- it is just down to you to fulfil the purpose.
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
There is nothing that you can do, that will undo God’s purpose in your life. No matter how far you may find yourself away from God – His plan for your life will always exist. God can use you regardless of the circumstances.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
Sometimes we attempt certain things & then end up failing. This is not because of your shortcomings. It’s because what you are attempting is not God’s purpose for you. His purpose for you will always come out on top!
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).
Your purpose has to be sought after. It would be amazing if it was explicitly written out for us. But God has likened it to ‘deep waters’. That is why it is essential to spend time with God so you can really discover that purpose. It is ‘insight’ that will draw these purposes out.
On a final note, I just wanted to say that when you put into the mix Passion + Purpose, is it even possible to fail? That is the real key to your success. There is a reason why you are here. God is working within you.
Thank you for reading. Stay blessed.