In Part 1, I asked the question, Do you know what your life’s mission is? Some people say, What is that all about? I haven’t got a clue! How awful it would be to come towards the end of your life and say, I have lived a meaningless life. I really didn’t know what I was supposed to do.
So I believe that we were all born for a reason and that we all have significance in the world. I genuinely feel that we are all blessed with unique gifts. God has made us the way we are. Author Steven Covey asks these questions:
- What makes you smile? (Activities, people, events, hobbies, projects, etc.)
- What were your favourite things to do in the past? What about now?
- What activities make you lose track of time?
- What makes you feel great about yourself?
- Who inspires you most? (Anyone you know or do not know. Family, friends, authors, artists, leaders, etc.) Which qualities inspire you, in each person?
- What are you naturally good at? (Skills, abilities, gifts, etc.)
- What do people typically ask you for help in?
- If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
- What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
- What are your deepest values? What are your preferences, motivations, and abilities?
And I think these are excellent questions.
Do You Know Where You’re Going?
So the real question is, Do you know where you’re going? There’s an old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else”. Too many people today have no idea of what they want to do with their talents or feel confused and afraid of stepping out into something worthwhile.
There is an amazing statement and promise from Psalm 37:23-24 – CEV:
If you do what the Lord wants,
he will make certain
each step you take is sure.
The Lord will hold your hand,
and if you stumble,
you still won’t fall.
Richard Nelson Bolles writes in his book How to Find Your Mission in Life:
As the stone does not always know what ripples it has caused in the pond whose surface it impacts, so neither we nor those who watch our life will always know what we have achieved by our life and by our Mission. It may be that by the grace of God we helped bring about a profound change for the better in the lives of other souls around us, but it also may be that this takes place beyond our sight, or after we have gone on. And we may never know what we have accomplished, until we see him face-to-face after this life is past.
Psalm 37:4 has another wonderful promise: “Do what the Lord wants and he will give you your heart’s desire”.
The One Thing You Should Do
How do you find out what God wants from you ? You need to ask him—ask for his help, he is waiting to be asked.
Reminds me of the old story of a boy and his father travelling together up a hill in an old wagon. Suddenly, a large boulder appeared on the road, which the wagon could not get around. The boy pondered the situation, got out of the wagon, and tried to move the boulder. He couldn’t; it was simply too heavy. So next he went to a tree, took off a large branch, and tried to pry the stone out. The branch snapped under the effort.
The boy then tried to roll the stone downward, but to no avail. Exhausted, frustrated, the boy climbed back into the wagon and said to his father, I’ve tried everything. I just can’t do it. His father replied, You haven’t tried everything. But father, the boy protested, I’ve rolled the stone, pried the stone, pushed the stone. What didn’t I do? His father looked tenderly at him and answered, You didn’t ask me for help.
A mission explains why you do what you do. It provides an exact purpose or reason for being. When Jesus Christ comes into our life, we begin to understand that we have been called according to his purpose. As Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God has uniquely designed each of us to serve a distinct purpose. He has given us a unique set of talents, gifts, skills, and passions. One of our roles is to discover these special gifts so we can be of greatest service to the Lord and others. By discovering your mission, you help define who you are and how you can best contribute your service to others.
I hope you have found your mission in life. If not, start asking God for his answers, and with Jesus Christ in your life, he will show you.