Life purpose or “calling” is a topic that everyone wrestles with at some point in time. We all want to operate in our sweet spot where we love what we do so much that it doesn’t feel like work. However, this desire feels elusive to many of us. In moments of frustration, it’s easy to ask questions like:
What on earth am I here for?
Do I even have a life purpose?
Am I truly called to do something specific and valuable?
These are sincere questions people ask when they are seeking answers to life’s biggest questions about identity and purpose. In order to discover your calling, consider the following three questions.
What do I love to do?
Passion is key to discovering your purpose and calling. God has uniquely created every human being with skills and abilities to serve Him and bless others. This service plays out in our families, workplaces, and communities. When you identify what you love to do, it affects your attitude and allows you to impact everyone around you.
If you are struggling to answer this question, think back to your childhood. What could you do all day because you enjoyed it so much? As you grew older, what did you love to do as a teenager or young adult? Now, think about the things that bring you the most joy today.
One of the problems for adults is that we become so practical or pragmatic that we neglect to do the things we love to do. The dreams we had as children or young adults gave way to earning a paycheck and making a living so we could pay the bills and someday retire to do what we love to do. The problem with this is that we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. The retirement we are looking forward to may be hijacked by sickness or death. So many people are living for the future that they are not enjoying the present.
Discover (or rediscover) what you love to do and you’ll be on your way to understanding your calling.
What comes easily to me?
You were created with the skills and abilities that come easily to you. Other people struggle with the very thing that you take for granted. Other people hate to do what you love to do. I once heard a speaker say “What comes naturally to you seems like magic to others.” Stop and think about that for a moment.
What can you do that amazes others?
What do you do naturally that you see others struggling with?
Pay attention to these things as they are clues that may lead you to clarify your purpose.
When does time stand still?
When you are working in your sweet spot, it doesn’t feel like work. When you are doing work you love, you have to force yourself to stop in order to do other things required of you.
What are these things for you?
When are you so focused that you don’t even realize that time is passing?
It’s been said many times over that we should find the work we love to do and then figure out a way to earn a living doing it. We are often too pragmatic. We accept a job to pay the bills, then struggle through each day to get up and go to work because we have no passion for it. Worse yet, we may hate it. Working outside of your sweet spot actually sucks the life out of you. This state of being affects everyone around you — coworkers, loved ones, even the strangers in the grocery store line.
Assess what makes time stand still for you, then take the steps to do that more until it becomes THE thing that you do with your days.
While the process of discovering your life calling varies from person to person, these three questions are a great place to start. In order to find the most important answers to life’s biggest questions, you must dig deep. There are typically no quick or easy answers to these questions. It takes time to reflect, pray, and pay attention to yourself. If you’re willing to put the time into the process, you will come out stronger and wiser. You will discover what your calling is and you will be able to bless the world around you as a result.
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