3 Steps to Take When You Are Lacking Purpose
Why is it important to feel purposeful? You can bear almost anything when life has meaning, but without meaning, nothing is bearable. Purpose significantly impacts life.
God affirms His promises and supremacy over our life many times. Based on the Bible, we know that we are a chosen people and a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), that no purpose of God’s can be thwarted (Job 42:2), and that the plans of the Lord will stand firm forever (Psalm 33:11). However, you can find yourself in seasons of life that feel meaningless.
Do you ever feel like God forgot to put a purpose and plan in your life? Here are three steps to take when you feel you are lacking purpose.
1. Remind Yourself of the Truth
God, in His sovereignty, created us with purpose. Before we were formed in the womb, God knew us (Jeremiah 1:5). Even the intimate details in our lives, God knows and cares about. It blows my mind that the hairs on our heads are numbered (Luke 12:7) and before we lived out one of our days, God knew them all (Psalm 139:16).
No matter how bad a moment is, there is something good about it, because God made each moment with a purpose. In Psalms it says, “this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it,” (Psalm 118:24). This Bible verse is inspiring to me because it reminds me that there is something to rejoice in each day.
2. Visit Your Values
Some core values in my life are faith and family. Core values could also be qualities such as integrity and perseverance. List five or so of your core values and then reflect on some recent life experiences and whether or not you acted in accordance with your values. Look closely at where your actions did not agree with your values and reflect on the ways you can change that in the future.
If you are having trouble listing your core values, try asking five people in your life what words they would use to describe you. The goal is for what people say about you, to be similar to your belief about yourself. This is an interesting experiment, because at times you find that some values people see in you, you won’t necessarily see in yourself at first. After this, continue working towards having your core values be what others see your core values to be.
3. Work Smart
It often isn’t overwork, but meaningless work, that causes us to lose our sense of purpose. Define what is most purposeful to you and focus in. Rick Warren stated, never confuse activity with productivity, you can be busy without purpose, but what’s the point?
In life, it can be more important to make a not-to-do list instead of a to-do list. For example, we know what we want in life, but what is keeping us from getting there? The not-to-do list could include habits you want to break or routines that you wish to no longer continue. As Toni Morrison says, “if you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”
When seasons of doubt come, stay rooted in the Word of God. Rest in the sovereignty of God. Rejoice in every moment and day because the Lord said it was good.
Define your core values and reflect on how your actions are a testament of them. Build your life and character around what you value the most. Live in such a way that others can see your values clearly through your actions.
Work competently and wisely. Choose to work on what is meaningful and purposeful. Make a not-to-do list and weed out what is holding you back or weighing you down.
What is one step you can take to be more purposeful?
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