Updated: Jun 8, 2019
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” ― Gautama Buddha
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
The word Purpose is defined as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Every human person's purpose in life is linked to the exhortation to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
The bible hints that we have been created to love our creator God and to love Him with every fibre of our being i.e our very essence. When you think of it, it does make sense - for if one has been created, it stands to reason that the creator imprints in the creation its intrinsic purpose. It is through being and fulfilling this intrinsic purpose that we can fully love our creator.
If then, our intrinsic purpose is already in existence within our very being, we need to turn our gaze inward. Unfortunately in todays world our gaze is all too often trained on the outside. Our appearance, our qualifications, how we come across to others, our social standing, our occupation, the wealth we exhibit through our posessions like our cars, homes, investment portfolio etc, etc. matter so much to us that we eventually come to believe that we are this externally manifested persona.
Naturally then, by the time we begin to search for our purpose we look for it around us, e.g in what we do and in what we appear to do. Once we begin this search on the exterior it may so happen that we do discover something which fits the bill. But more often than not that may well be just 'a' purpose and not 'the' purpose.
Our unique, divinely apportioned purpose is much more closely associated with our inner self. It resides but a hairbreadth away from our heart. It is so close to us that we do not recognize it with our outwardly trained gaze.
Our purpose has been fashioned after the character of our heart and spirit. It resides so close to our heart that with every beat of our heart it reverberates. But we do not listen. We do not see. We do not pause. Our thoughts make such a cacophony that we can barely hear what our inner self is screaming.
If you would care to pause the constant stream of thoughts running in and out of your mind for a moment you will begin to sense what lies within.
Then search. Search within.
Do you find yourself being a true empathetic listener as someone pours their heart out? Do you jump up in a crisis and feel sure you know what to do? Does your techie brain feel invigorated by the next conundrum thrown at you? Have words poured out of your soul as the early sunrise caressed the deep blue seas? Do you feel compelled to reach out to a certain kind of people or people who are suffering a certain kind of pain? Seek within.
Your purpose lies very close to YOUR pain. In some ways your purpose has been birthed by your pain. And in some ways your pain has been birthed by the unfulfillment of your purpose.
So seek within. It is yours to discover and to conquer. Yours to live and to manifest; to grow and to thrive.
Here's hoping that each one of you who truly seeks his/her passion and purpose finds it, and finds it soon.