Living a Life Full of Meaning and Purpose – “I know my purpose and I love my life!”
As our nation has paused recently to remember and honor the late President Ronald Reagan – it has given way to much reflection, contemplation and honor for the life of one man as a leader, family man as well as his personal strengths and values which have left a mark on many. There has been much discussion about his life and the legacy he has left. If you were to die today, what would your legacy be? What would you want it to be? Sobering thoughts, but, to have a life filled with meaning and purpose, it begins with asking those poignant questions.
Living a life of purpose reflects who you are deep inside, your beliefs, values and passion for living. It is about following your heart and doing what you love to do with passion and purpose. This may initially feel overwhelming and go too “deep” but that’s exactly where you need to go – deep into your heart, beyond the busy, superficial day-to-day chores and demands of life. Beyond the fast paced day of the modern mom who typically deals with her career, various children’s activities, computer viruses, proverbial household cleaning, – overall role of superwoman who never had or has had a chance to do some real soul searching for real meaning in her life. Do you feel like you’re spinning of the hamster wheel of life and getting nowhere? Do you wonder if your life counts for anything?
Despite the many resources of self-help tools available today via magazines, books, tapes, videos, and seminars, many women still feel unfulfilled and lacking purpose in themselves, family and career. Let’s begin to look at some key areas to focus on if you’re willing to begin a journey that will bring you to a point in your life where you can truly say, “I know my purpose and I love my life!” Authentic and tailor made specifically for you. You are not an accident, but intentionally made with a purpose!
Life is about choices – good, bad, happy, unhappy, purpose filled or void (along with the other million and one choices we make throughout the day) It is important to intentionally and passionately seek to pursue joy, fulfillment and purpose despite the situations or people who may seem to be trying to take it away from you. Your choices should be reflective of who you are and what you believe in vs. the standards and beliefs of someone else.
The following are wide sweeping key components that require considerable processing in their own right in order to most fully develop your own true purpose and are full length topic discussions within themselves – please be sure to process them in your own time and according to your specific needs.
1. Basic Needs
Food, water, shelter. This may sound simple enough, but it is the basis for survival and necessary in order to be able to move ahead. Although this brings to mind the many selfless missionaries who give up all earthly possessions of material “things” and move to a distant foreign world where even the basics are a precious commodity. However, God honors their heart to serve Him by not only providing for them physically, but emotionally and spiritually filled with passion and purpose for Christ and yields much fruit in their lives and those they touch.
2. Talents, Strengths, Skills and Gifts
Each person holds unique and very individualized gifts. Allow yourself to really explore your current and past skills – even some you may not even be aware of yet. Recognize them, write them down and then think of how you could integrate your most compelling skills into an area of your life now.
3. Clarify Values
Faith, family, relationships, personal growth, work, finances. What do you hold near and dear to your heart that you fully believe in and value as a part of who you are and what you represent?
4. Spiritual calling
That sense or knowledge of your specific calling to an area of ministry where you use your gifts and skills to share with others in a way that they will be touched and transformed.
High energy of enthusiasm that gets your heart pumping, mind going and is considered more fun than work. Your hearts desire – what is it that makes you smile, want to get out of bed in the morning, keep you motivated and energized? Many times I find people find that they have a higher purpose above and beyond themselves – a need to share that passion with others in the world.