Purpose

Some people think we all came from an amoeba. The problem is they can’t tell us where the amoeba came from! The Bible says, ‘God created man in His own image… male and female He created them’ (Genesis 1:27). Some people say that the earth came into existence as a result of the ‘big bang’ theory. Yet if you told them, ‘The car you drive right now was the result of an explosion at an assembly plant in Swindon,’ they’d question your sanity. If there’s a design, there must be a designer. If there’s a creation, there must be a Creator. (…) Not only did God create you, He gave you certain gifts so that you could fulfil His purposes and bring glory to Him.

Source: The UCB Word For Today, 19/9/2013

Mark Batterson relates how Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu felt called to ministry when she was a teenager. She did her ministerial training in Ireland and India. And one day she approached her superiors with a God-ordained passion. She said, “I have three pennies and a dream from God to build an orphanage,” Her superiors said, “You can’t build an orphanage with three pennies. With three pennies you can’t do anything.” Agnes smiled and said, “I know. But with God and three pennies I can do anything.”

For fifty years Agnes worked among the poor in the slums of Calcutta, India. In 1979 the woman we know as Mother Theresa won the Nobel Peace Prize. Listen it’s a long way from three pennies to a Nobel Peace Prize. And my question is, how did a woman with so little do so much? The answer is simple. Never underestimate someone who has the courage to come out of the cage and pursue a God-ordained passion. Toward the end of her ministry Mother Theresa was often asked by her admirers how they could make a difference with their lives the way she had with hers. Mother Theresa’s oft-repeated response was four words long: “Find your own Calcutta.”

Source: Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase, 2008, Colorado USA, Multnomah Books, p.38-39

“Life is empty if we are not useful. We defy a primary purpose of our existence when we are not being useful. We abandon our gifts and talents and destroy the creative force within us when we are not being useful. We sacrifice joy, happiness, fulfilment, peace, and contentment when we are not being useful. We were born, I believe, to be “thoroughly used up” when we die. That is not to say that we exhaust ourselves, frantically filling our days with meaningless activities. Rather, it means understanding that we were created to fulfil a purpose and it is that purpose that empowers, inspires, and gives meaning to our lives.”

David McNally

David McNally, Even Eagles Need A Push, p.40

Why does the earth spin? For Him. Why do you have talents and abilities? For Him. Whose Word matters? His. Whose will must be done? His, not ours. God’s to-do list for us consists of just one item: ‘Reveal My Glory.’ Heaven’s statement of purpose reads: “Declare God’s Glory.” Everything and everyone exists to reveal His glory; including you! We exist for His praise and glory.

Source: The UCB Word For Today, 22/5/2006

Somerset Maugham, the English writer, once wrote a story about a janitor at St Peter’s Church in London. One day a young vicar discovered that the janitor was illiterate and fired him. Jobless, the man invested his meagre savings in a tiny tobacco shop, where he prospered, bought another, expanded, and ended up with a chain of tobacco stores worth several hundred thousand pounds. One day the man’s banker said, “You’ve done well for an illiterate, but imagine where you would be if you could read and write?” “Well,” replied the man, “I’d be janitor at St Peter’s Church in Neville Square.”

Source: The Best of Bits and Pieces, 1994, New Jersey USA: The Economics Press, p.178

You have been called and anointed; you have been chosen for a reason. You have been cherry picked for a specific purpose. Author and pastor, Tony Evans puts it like this: ‘You were designed to know Him, not simply to have a comfortable life. You were not created just to get married, have children, a career, then grow old and enjoy retirement. [Those things are not the main event.] Those are some of life’s benefits; its side dishes, but not its main purpose. The tragedy today is that we have taken life’s benefits and tried to make them our purpose. We are trying to make the side dishes the main course. And the result is that we [are often so dissatisfied]. No wonder. – So if the purpose of life is not marriage, or career success, or happiness, or any of that, what is it? What were we created for? We were created to know and to worship God with an all-consuming passion.

Source: Tony Evans, Time To Get Serious, 1995, Illinois: Crossway Books, p.34

Augustine said, ‘O God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.’

A definition of calling: God’s personal invitation for me to work on His agenda, using the talents I’ve been given in ways that are eternally significant.

Produced by the team at Life@Work magazine and cited in The Catalyst Leader, by Brad Lomenick, 2013, Nashville: Thomas Nelson publishers

I once saw a bumper sticker on the back of a speedboat that said: ‘He who dies with the most toys wins!’ But my question to that is… wins what? He who dies with the most toys still dies! Nobody on their deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had more toys.’ Similarly, nobody on their deathbed ever said I wish I’d spent more time at the office or at work. At the end of life what people want around them most are the people they love. So is life about our relationships then? In a word, yes, but it’s not so much about our relationships with others, even though they matter a great deal and are extremely important. Nevertheless life is more than our relationships with other people: Ultimately it’s about our relationship with God. The meaning and purpose of life is that we might know our creator, God: that we might love Him and be in an intimate relationship with Him.

R. Ian Seymour

Brian Houston writes: “Did you know the word calling literally means “to shout aloud”? Some people are waiting for a whisper from heaven to direct their path, when the opportunity before them, is shouting loudly. The same is true for you. Your calling may be blaring like a siren in your ear, sounding an alarm that’s been going off for some time. What are you good at? What seems to come naturally to you? What opportunity lies right in front of you? Are you artistic? Love numbers and balanced order? Enjoy working with your hands in the garden? Have a passion for music? Feel at home in the classroom? Often you may be waiting for some still, small voice to whisper in your ear, when you calling is blasting out loud all around you! (…) Use what’s in your hand. This is the response God gave Moses after choosing him to lead the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt.” Use what’s in your hand.

Brian Houston, Live Love Lead, 2015, London: Hodder & Stoughton, p.223-224, 226

“Goals are what we do. Purposes are why we do what we do.”

Patrick Morley, author

A fireman risked his life to rescue a young boy from certain death in a burning building. Afterwards the boy came and thanked the fireman profusely for saving him and asked if there was anything at all he could do to repay him. The fireman smiled warmly as he ruffled the boy’s hair, then he looked him in the eye and said, “Yes, son there is something you can do… Just make sure yours is a life that was worth saving!”

“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder – a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist and historian

We’re quite literally designed to be like God, to reflect him, to bear his image. That’s the point of our life; that’s also the way to be most satisfied in our life. We’re made to be mirrors of God, to reflect his beauty and his love, his justice and his goodness, to each other and the rest of creation.

Source: Rico Tice & Nate Morgan Locke, 2015, A Very Different Christmas, The Good Book Company, p.20-21

Make your passion your profession.

“More than anything else, having a sense of purpose keeps a person going in the midst of adversity. It is the fuel that powers persistence.”

John Maxwell

We don’t worship God because He needs it, but because we need to do! Without worship our perception of Him is incomplete.

The Westminster Confession of Faith (first published in 1646) is acclaimed as one of the greatest creeds of the Christian Church. In ‘The Shorter Catechism’ the first question pertains to the purpose of man and the reason for our being: Question 1 asks. “What is the chief end [purpose] of man?” And the answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” – Your purpose in life, the reason you were born, is to bring glory to God and enjoy a personal relationship with him, forever. This is the relationship we were born for.

At the start of his influential book, Knowing God, J.I. Packer explores some of the big questions about life and the meaning and purpose of our existence. He writes:

  • What were we made for? To know God.
  • What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God.
  • What is the “eternal life” that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God …
  • What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else? Knowledge of God …
  • What, of all the states God ever sees [us] in, gives Him most pleasure? Knowledge of Himself.’

Source: Bible in One Year – Alpha devotional, Day 136 of 365

In the Old Testament the prophet, Jeremiah, foretold of God’s promise to his people in exile. That same promise holds true to God’s people today: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). – God has plans for you; good plans, plans to prosper you; to give you hope and a future. BUT you’ll never discover what those plans are until you come to God, or come back to Him. You’ll never be what you ought to be until you’re doing what you ought to be doing.

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, so that our lives matter, and our world will at least be a little bit better for our having passed through it.”

Harold Kushner (rabbi and author)

God is depending in you. I read this challenging comment recently: “God is depending on you. That may come as a bit of a surprise but God is waiting for you and depending on you to do his work. He is depending on you to be generous with your time and abilities and money for others. He is depending on you to give of your time and resources in order to help the person in need. He is depending on you to spend time with the sick and the lonely. He is depending on you to use your money so that others may come to know Christ. And He is depending on you to use your abilities in the ministry of your local congregation. God is depending on you to show hospitality and demonstrate His love to others.”

Anon

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

Robert Byrne

The great violinist, Nicolo Paganini, willed his exquisite violin to Genoa – the city of his birth – but only on the condition that the instrument never be played again. It was an unfortunate condition, for it is the characteristic of wood that as long as it is used and handled, it shows little decline in quality. However, as soon as it is set aside in storage, it begins to decay.

The fabulous, mellow-toned violin became worm-eaten stored in its gorgeous case, valueless now except as a relic. The deteriorating instrument is a reminder that gifts and talents are tools meant to be used, not treasures to be stored up. Likewise, a life withdrawn from love and service to others loses its meaning.

Source: Brain Cavanaugh, Sower’s Seeds That Nurture Family Values, p.66

Rick Warren writes: ‘If you want to know God’s will for your life, you’ve got to look at what you’re good at. Why would God give you certain gifts, abilities, and talents and not expect you to use them? That would be a waste. God gives you Spiritual gifts, Heart/Passions, Abilities, a Personality, and Experiences (SHAPE) that make you unique, and when you take time to figure out how God has shaped you, it gives you direction for where you should go with your life. Ask yourself, “What am I good at? What do I love to do? What is my passion? What turns me on, and what turns me off? What is it that people affirm in me? How can God use those abilities for his Kingdom?” Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (NIV). The word for God’s handiwork in Greek is the word poema, from which we get the word poem. You are God’s poem. You are a work of art. You are unique. There is nobody like you! But there’s more to life than being unique. God wants you to be unique and effective. He designed you the way he did so you could do good works. Even before you were born, God predesigned a role for you in life. He said, “I’m going to make this person and give him certain gifts, abilities, and talents, and I’m going to allow him to go through certain experiences — some good, some painful, and some educational. I’m going to bring all of these things together, because I want something done in the world that will take that kind of person to do it.” One day you’ll stand before God and he’ll ask, “What did you do with what I gave you?” If you don’t use your experiences and your shape for what God intended, you missed the point. We are saved to serve. It’s called having a ministry — using your talents and gifts to help other people. Fulfilment means being who and what God meant for you to be.’

Source: Rick Warren, God’s Dream For Your Life, a 19-Day Devotional on YouVersion, day 5

Your past presents your future. Your ability unveils your destiny: your purpose. You can do something no one else can do in a fashion no one else can do it. God planned and packed you on purpose for His purpose. He designed you and His design defines your destiny: your purpose.

Some of us are forty, or fifty, or sixty years old and we’re still not happy with what we are. We’re frustrated and frantic because we’ve never found that feeling of contentment. The problem is we’ve made it our goal to become something God never meant us to be. You must go to God, like a house to a builder, and say, ‘Lord, what building materials have You put within me? How much weight can I bear? What is my purpose? Who should I be? Show me Your plan at every age and every stage.’ You are the question God is the answer.

Source: The UCB Word For Today, 9/12/2012

‘One of the marks of vocation is that you do not have to pursue what you can attract.’ Here is an interesting test. What does God bring your way when you do not seek it out?’

Source: Paul Valler, Get A Life, 2008, Nottingham: IVP, p.158

Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.

Psalm 143:8b NIV

The Bible says that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2v10). Commenting on this verse, Tony Campolo, author, minister and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton says, “There is something that you will never do unless you come to Jesus. There is something wonderful that God will never be able to accomplish through you until you surrender to do His will. There is something of ultimate importance that God wants you to achieve for Him. God has a special mission for you to perform in His name. When you come to grips with Jesus, you will come to know that purpose. When you discern His mission for you, you will know what your life is all about. Then, and only then, will your quest for meaning and purpose be realised.”

Tony Campolo, It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming, 1985, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire: Word Books, p.91-92

Mark Twain said that the two most important days in a person’s life are the day he is born and the day he finds out why?

“One of man’s greatest desires is to find meaningful purpose in life and to know that his work is worthwhile.”

R. Ian Seymour

We are meant to discover and engage in our Ephesians 2:10 calling; to do the good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. Our Ephesians 2:10 calling is usually consistent with a sense of passion, what it is we care about.

A need does not constitute a call! – What are you gifted at?

Pursue the passions God has put in your heart.

‘It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose’ (Philippians 2:13). God will give us the desire to do what he has called us to do.

You cannot be anything you want to be. But you can be everything God wants you to be.

Max Lucado

“You are the most valuable where you add the most value. It’s vital to your success that you discover that narrow area of responsibility where you add the most value – and stay there.”

John Maxwell

God’s purposes override human error.

The Lord will work out his plans for my life.

Psalm 138:8 NLT

Your purpose is to make a unique contribution for as many spins of the planet as you get.

Mark Batterson

How can I know God’s purpose for my life? The American writer Frederick Buechner explains, “The place God calls you to be is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

I’d give my right hand to be ambidextrous.

What’s in your hand? Colonel Sanders didn’t begin to fulfil his dream until he was 65 years old! What drove him to finally take action? He was broke and alone. He got his first Social Security cheque for $105, and he got mad. But instead of blaming society or just writing congress a nasty note, he started asking himself, “What could I do that would be valuable for other people? What could I give back?” He started thinking about what he had that was valuable to others.

His first answer was, “Well, I have this chicken recipe everyone seems to love! What if I sold my chicken recipe to restaurants? Could I make money doing that?” Then he immediately thought, “That’s ridiculous. Selling my recipe won’t even pay the rent.” And he got a new idea: “What if I not only sold them my recipe but also showed them how to cook the chicken properly? What if the chicken was so good that it increased their business? If more people came to see them and they made more chicken sales, maybe they would give me a percentage of those additional sales.”

Many people have great ideas. But Colonel Sanders was different. He was a man who didn’t just think of great things to do. He put them into action. He went and started knocking on doors, telling each restaurant owner his story: “I’ve got a great chicken recipe, and I think if you use it, it’ll increase your sales. And I’d like to get a percentage of that increase.”

Well, many people laughed in his face. They said, “Look, old man, get out of here. What are you wearing that stupid white suit for?” Did Colonel Sanders give up? Absolutely not. Instead of feeling bad about the last restaurant that had rejected his idea, he immediately started focusing on how to tell his story more effectively and get better results from the next restaurant.

How many times do you think Colonel Sanders heard no before getting the answer he wanted? He was refused 1009 times before he heard his first yes. He spent two years driving across America in his old, beat up car, sleeping in the back seat in his rumpled white suit, getting up each day eager to share his idea with someone new. Often, the only food he had was a quick bite of the samples he was preparing for prospective buyers. How many people do you think would have gone through 1009 noes – two years of noes! – and kept on going? Very few. That’s why there is only one Colonel Sanders. I think most people wouldn’t get past twenty noes, much less a hundred or a thousand! Yet this is sometimes what it takes to succeed.

– Anthony Robbins

What has God given you? What could you do that would be of value to others? What’s in your hand?

Anthony Robbins, 1995, Notes From A Friend, New York, Fireside Books, p.28-30

“The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because His call is to be in comradeship with Himself for His own purpose, and the test is to believe that God knows what He is after. The things that happen do not happen by chance, they happen entirely in the decree of God. God is working out His purposes.

If we are in communion with God and recognise that He is taking us into His purposes, we shall no longer try to find out what his purposes are. As we go on in the Christian life it gets simpler, because we are less inclined to say – ‘Now why did God allow this and that?’ Behind the whole thing lies the compelling of God. ‘There’s divinity that shapes our ends.’ A Christian is one who trusts the wits and the wisdom of God, and not his own wits. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and leisureliness which ought to characterise the children of God.”

Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, (2000 edition), Worcester: Oswald Chambers Publications, p.224

A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?

Proverbs 20:24 NIV

If the LORD delights in a man’s way,

he makes his steps firm;

though he stumble, he will not fall,

for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV1984 Edition)

Every human being goes through the stage where they feel as though they are stuck between floors in an elevator, destined to spend the rest of their life going nowhere? It’s as though each and every one of us has an in-built timer that eventually asks the questions, what is the meaning of life and what is my purpose? – Keep searching until you find it.

… the Lord has assigned to each his task.

1 Corinthians 3:5 NIV

The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

Proverbs 20:5 NIV

This life is a short-term-missions trip. The reason why we are not simply caught up to Heaven as soon as we believe and are saved is because we have a job to do here on Earth.

If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:3-6 NIV

Follow your heart and you will seldom lose your way.

Don’t be tempted to become a Jack-of-all-trades, instead, concentrate on what you love to do and become a master of one. The following fable illustrates the point: Brer Rabbit, Brer Duck and Brer Squirrel enrolled in the school for animal welfare. Each animal was an expert in his own field of athletics, Brer Rabbit at running, Brer Duck at swimming and Brer Squirrel at climbing. However, although each excelled in his own field, they all achieved very poor results in the other events. It was felt that they needed to put in extra time on the events that they weren’t particularly good at. So, Brer Rabbit had to cut back on his running and instead concentrate his efforts on swimming and climbing. Eventually, he improved, but in doing so he had become just an average runner. Brer Duck, instead of swimming, practised full time on his running and climbing skills. He, too, improved a little, but in the end his webbed feet were so badly torn, because of all the running along stony pathways and the climbing of rough tree bark, that he could no longer swim properly. And as for Brer Squirrel, well, he spent so much time swimming and running that his claws were simply worn away to nothing. In the end, he could no longer grip the trees trunks and so he stopped climbing altogether! And the moral of this story is simply this: Concentrate on what you do best and become an expert at it.

R. Ian Seymour

R. Ian Seymour (excerpt from Maximize Your Potential.)

Ronald Dunn writes: ‘God is more anxious for us to know His will than we are. When someone asks me, “How do I find God’s will?” my answer is you don’t. God’s will finds you. It is not your responsibility to find or discover the will of God. If God wants you to know His will, it is His responsibility to reveal it – and reveal it in a way you can’t miss it. – Suppose I tell my daughter, Kimberly, that I have something I want her to do for me. She says she will and asks me what it is. “I am not going to tell you,” I say. “You have to figure it out on your own. And if you figure wrong, you’re in trouble.” – Ridiculous, isn’t it? If I have a task for my child, it is my responsibility to reveal it. Her responsibility is to hear and obey.’

Ronald Dunn, (Source: Don’t Just Stand There… Pray Something , p.200

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

William James (1842-1910), American Psychologist and Philosopher

If you don’t know where you are going you’ll end up somewhere else.

As important as it is to be a go-getter, the most vital ingredient for success is to, firstly, define exactly what it is that you are go-getting.

“You have to know what you want before you can go after it. When you go shopping, do you walk around the mall, identify every item that you don’t want, and then buy what’s left? Or do you go there knowing what you want, find it, and buy it?”

Keith Harrell, author and motivational speaker

“What one skill, if you developed it, could have the greatest positive impact on your career? That is the key to your future.”

Brian Tracy, author and speaker

“Your work should be a challenge not a chore; a blessing, not a bore.”

attributed to Hal Stewins

Jackie Pullinger (who worked with prostitutes, heroin addicts and gang members in Hong Kong) began a memorable talk by saying, ‘God wants us to have soft hearts and hard feet. The trouble with many of us is that we have hard hearts and soft feet.’

Quoted by Nicky Gumbel in Alpha Questions of Life, 2007 edition, Eastbourne: Kingsway Communications, p.121

Do what you love and love what you do.

“Vocation originates in the Latin vocare meaning to call. Your vocation calls you to contribute your talents to work you love and believe in. Your career is, of course, important, but your vocation should guide and influence your choices of career. Career success is almost guaranteed to those who apply their gifts and talents to work they are passionate about.”

David McNally, writer

Where your talents and the needs of the world collide, there lies your vocation.

Aristotle

Ministry: “Once and for all, we need to put to rest the notion that the only way to please God or to make an impact in the world is to be a minister of the gospel. Our work is not something we do in the hope we will have an opportunity to do ministry; it is ministry! God has called us to work. People who have been searching for their divine calling might find it has been under their noses all along.”

Paul J. Meyer

Paul J. Meyer, Unlocking Your Legacy, 2002, Chicago Illinois, Moody Press, p.132

“95 percent of us will never be in occupational ministry, but that does not mean we are not ministers.”

Patrick Morley

Mark Greene explains, tongue in cheek, the false construct implicitly adhered to by most of Christians: “All Christians are born equal, but ‘full-time’ Christians are born more equal than others. In turn, there is an unspoken hierarchy that goes something like this: pastor, overseas missionary, full-time Christian worker, tentmaker (just so long as it’s abroad), elder, deacon, poor Christian, Christian, rich Christian.”

Cited by Simon Guillbaud in For What It’s Worth, 2006, Oxford: Monarch Books, p.37

“Blessed is the man who has found his vocation: let him ask for nothing more.”

John Ruskin

“No man on earth is so happy as the man who loves his work and goes home at night with a contented heart because of a good day’s work well done.”

John Wanamaker (1838-1922), U.S. merchant and pioneer of the department store

“Half of our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”

Will Rogers (1879-1935), American humourist and actor

When Ludwig Nobel died in 1888, a journalist, who mistakenly identified the deceased as Alfred Nobel, published his obituary instead. Alfred Nobel was able to see written before him a summary of the achievements of his life. Materially, it had been a great success – he was very rich. He was a scientific genius; he invented dynamite together with the even more potent solution, blasting gelatine, and in 1880 he patented an almost smokeless gun powder that European armies rushed to buy. In his obituary he was described as ‘the merchant of death’. Alfred Nobel was shocked. Was this all his life had been about? Enabling mankind to destroy itself more efficiently?

This chilling incident caused Nobel to work for world peace. He also re-wrote his will. He instructed his executors to convert all his remaining property to cash (it came to $9 million) and to invest it in safe securities, the interest from which would be awarded annually in five prizes to those persons who contributed most to the benefit of humankind during the preceding year. The five categories were physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. Alfred Nobel died on 10 November 1896; since then over 600 Nobel Laureates have been recognised.’ How will you be remembered?

How would you like to be remembered forever… for doing something that was so significant that your name goes down in the history books for all of eternity?

Source: Nicky Gumbel, 30 DAYS: A Practical Introduction to Reading the Bible, 2006, Alpha Publications, p.25

‘O teach me, Lord, that I may teach

The precious things that I’ve been taught.

And take my words, that they may reach

The hidden depths of many a heart.’

Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-1879

Aspire to inspire before and after you expire.

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”

John Mason

“Finding purpose is not something that is miraculously revealed to us, or something that we discover accidentally. And it is not something that we simply decide upon. You don’t, so much, choose or decide your purpose; rather you discover and recognize it and are inexplicably drawn to it. Usually, there are hidden clues that will point us in the right direction. For example, there is something that you really enjoy, something that you are good at, something you love to do. Whatever it is – a talent, skill or some natural ability – it will be something that gives you pleasure, something of use to others, something with which you can serve your fellow man and something that you truly like to do. Your purpose will be something that naturally attracts you, to the extent that you would perform whatever it is for free, if you had to. Whatever it is, find it, because this is what you should be doing, what you were meant to do, if not full time then at least part-time. Find your purpose and you’ll find your destiny.”

R. Ian Seymour

R. Ian Seymour (Excerpt adapted from Maximize Your Potential.)

“The greatest use of life is to so use your life that the use of your life will outlive your life.”

Mack R. Douglas (writer)

Hashtag # YOLO: You only live once (make it count)

“For most men life is a search for a proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed away.”

Clifton Fadiman (professional editor and literary critic)

Chase your passion not your pension.

One of the great mysteries of life is that whatever you constantly think about and move towards will eventually move towards you.

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.”

Albert Einstein

“We all seek to create something of value, to accomplish something worthwhile. There exists within each of us a longing to leave a legacy, some proof that we were here. We need to know that our lives were important, that somehow our being here mattered. We can attempt to stifle or ignore this desire, but we cannot escape it. As humans we are distinguished and defined by it.”

David McNally, writer

Refiner’s fire,

My heart’s one desire

Is to be holy, set apart for You, Lord.

I chose to be holy,

Set apart for You, my Master,

Ready to do Your will.

Brian Doërksen

I desire to do your will, my God; your law is written within my heart. – Psalm 40:8 NIV

“… God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”

Psalm 48:14 NIV

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8 NIV

Who will bear My light to them?

Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.

Is it I, Lord?

I have heard You calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if You lead me.

I will hold Your people in my heart.

Daniel L. Schutte

God doesn’t call the qualified he qualifies the called.

“I think the purpose of life is to be happy, to be useful, to be responsible, to be honourable, to be compassionate. It is above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you have lived at all.”

Leo Calvin Rosten (1908-1997), Polish born American author

“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: First, find whatever it is that interests you and that you can do well, and then second: put your whole soul into it and every bit of energy, ambition and natural talent you have.”

John D. Rockefeller Sn. (1839-1937), billionaire industrialist and philanthropist

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“There is nothing in the world, I would venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life… In the Nazi concentration camps, one could have witnessed that those who knew that there was a task waiting for them to fulfil were most apt to survive.”

– Dr Viktor E. Frankl, Nazi death camp survivor, author of Man’s Search For Meaning