Fulfilling ‘My’ Purpose in Life. The age old question asked “what is my purpose in life?” seems to be asked at a young age. One’s entire life is ahead of them and finding purpose would seem to direct one’s steps in a particular direction. The pressure to decide that direction comes early in life by our peers. Some seem to immediately know where they want to go by the college they pick. In High School my friends sought schools for careers in teaching, business and finance. They immediately pursued those goals and seemingly began their journey in life fulfilling their purpose. Yet when college studies came along, so did Life’s pressures of marriage, kids and financial responsibilities. Then goals changes with other pursuits and desires that take priority, thus confusion about one’s purpose and goals. All of the sudden fulfilling my purpose turns into surviving the struggles life throws in front of you. Just meeting one’s needs seems to be the goal of the day. Lofty goals and aspirations fade into the sunset. Our single most prayer “Lord, help me get through these tough times”.
Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but several years ago, Rick Warren sold millions of books called the Purpose Driven Life. He said the starting place must be with God and His eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God's purposes for putting us on earth. He helped readers understand God's incredible plan for their lives. Warren enabled them to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created them to live. He explained God’s five purposes for each of us as believers: 1) We were planned for God’s Pleasure – we offer real worship; 2) We were formed for God’s Family –we enjoy real fellowship; 3) We were created to become like Christ – we learn real discipleship; 4) We were shaped for serving God – we practice real ministry; 5) We were made for a mission – we live out real evangelism.
With these thoughts about fulfilling our purpose in life, we can learn a great deal by watching Joshua lead the children of Israel into the Promised Lane. What is so amazing about Joshua is that he is eighty years old! He has endured forty of those years in the wilderness with an unbelieving group of faithless complainers. Talk about struggles of life getting in the way and many more struggles ahead of him in the Promised Land. Yet we see he meets each issue with faith and determination to fulfill his God ordained calling and “purpose in life”. Join us on this journey of fulfillment and discover how God is working in your life to fulfill His purposes.