What is purpose and why do we need it?

When you don’t understand the purpose of a thing, you are bound to abuse it, or allow it be misused. (Dr Miles Munroe) The same principle can be applied to you as a human being. You were created on purpose by a loving Creator, who has good plans for you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

“For you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made….(Psalm 139:13-18)

Definitions of purpose

  1. Something set up as an object or something to be attained: intention. B: resolution, determination.
  2. A subject under discussion or an action in course of execution. (Miriam Webster)
  3. Purpose: (countable) the intention, aim or function of something, the thing that something is supposed to achieve. (Oxford)

Why do we need purpose?

Having purpose for your life clarifies your ‘rasion d’etre ‘– your reason for living. It’s an expression of your values and who you are. It motivates you to keep going against the odds, provides perseverance against persecution – whether real or perceived. Your purpose provides a framework for your life, education, social activities, professional and relationship choices. Purpose helps you to build determination, resourcefulness that surmount disappointments and obstacles. Purpose fosters connection with other like-minded people.

How to find your purpose?

Finding your purpose, calling, or mission requires some soul searching. Your purpose could be connected to something that seemed unrealistic, weird, or childish at one time. However, please allow yourself to consider all things, without judging them as good/bad or right/wrong. They could be clues for you.

For example, a love for dolls as a child may transfer to making or designing doll clothes as a hobby. Or growing up as the first child with several siblings could have caused you develop a strong desire for people to be organized as you developed skills around responsibility and caring for others.

Perhaps being the youngest of several children might have left you with a strong sense of being excluded or not being taken seriously, which translated to you becoming an advocate for others to find their voice and be heard.

Release your your brain and let it explore the possibilities for now without the reality checks and restraints. Try these strategies to get you started.

  1. Slow down
    Rest your body, mind, and soul
  2. Immerse yourself in the present moment
    Take in your environment and focus on your 5 senses. What can you see, hear, feel, smell and taste?
  3. Become aware of the things that make you smile:
    Movies, stories, and books that resonate with you deeply
    People who inspire you
    Things that bring you joy
    What you loved to do as a child
    Things that make you forget – make time stand still
  4. Remember the things that make you angry:
    Injustices that push your buttons
    Policies that make you want to scream
    Social challenges that break your heart and make you furious
  5. Allow yourself to explore your memories.
    What did you love to do before you got too busy/tired/old/broke to enjoy it?
    Recall the wrongs you wanted to right and the problems you wanted to solve.
  6. Make time.
    Prioritize and embrace things that make time stand still. What things energize you to take action?
  7. Do something. Move toward your purpose, no matter how small the action.
    Make a call.
    Attend a meeting.
    Do online research.
    Start an online group.
    Ignite the fire.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” – John 10.10.

Please don’t let anything be robbed from your life. Don’t let the rest of your life be purposeless. You may have already lost time and opportunities due to lack of purpose. Learn to live more abundantly – find your purpose!

If you’d like to learn about how to find your purpose and how to embark on your journey to a purposeful life, please contact me