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Discover God’s Purpose and Life’s Passion

Finding God's purposeWhat is it that you love doing? Perhaps you are seeking changes in your life and are wondering what God’s purpose for your life is, what your passions are and how you could live all this out in your life. Be open-minded and creative when it comes to exploring your life-goals. 

By Dan Miller, author of ‘Wisdom Meets Passion’, relevantmagazine.com, September 10, 2012

Recently, a young man asked me if his passion for old cars could really be part of his “God-ordained purpose” or if it’s just his self-centered materialistic desire. Is doing something you enjoy just your own selfish desire, or is it a legitimate way to honor God? Have you ever thought that doing God’s will must involve suffering and sacrifice?

We often overlook Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” God wants to give us not just the bare necessities but the desires of our heart.

I believe that our work can be our best gift to ourselves, our friends and family, our communities—and the best expression of our purpose here on earth.

1) What is your passion?

Do you remember your childhood dreams? All 5-year-olds know how to dream. You know the typical fantasies. We dreamed of becoming a firefighter, astronaut, ship captain, artist or rock star. But then life happens. Some of us were told our dreams were unrealistic. You may have been one of those kids. Somewhere along the way, you were taught to be realistic, to stay inside the lines and recognize that growing up means you need to show up at eight o’clock, do your boring job and go home to a dreary existence at five o’clock.

Maybe as that 5-year-old, you thought you heard God speaking to you in the still of the night—calling you to a certain type of life and a special kind of work. So, what happened? Along the way, in our desire to be responsible, practical and realistic adults, too many of us wildly imaginative kids lost touch with our creative abilities and gave up a commitment to translating our dreams into enjoyable and fulfilling work.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. All of us, no matter how old we are or what kind of work we’re doing, can learn to bring that authentic, childlike creativity and passion to our work.

2) What do you do best?

In fact, the moment you realize that meaningful, purposeful and profitable work really is a possibility, you’ve already taken an important step toward reawakening the dreams and passions you haven’t acted on in years. All of a sudden, complacency and “comfortable misery” become intolerable. The idea of putting your calling on the shelf becomes intolerable. Not only do we have the opportunity, we have the responsibility to spend our working hours in work that will elevate us to our highest calling and transform the world around us.

Yes, meaningful work really is within your grasp. It begins with asking what you do best and then considering how you can engage your talents in daily work.

You can recapture that childlike creativity you may have lost. You can release the dreams and sense of purpose you had as a child. You may find your prayers invigorated, now knowing there is a day-by-day application of God’s design for your life.

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