Invitation To Find Your Purpose

“I didn’t ask to be born, you know.”

How many times have you heard this statement from your kids or grand-kids? I recently overheard it when my granddaughter was bantering with her parents and boy did it take me back to raising my children. But kids aren’t the only ones who voice this, I have even discovered adults make this statement.

Instead of shrugging it off as a statement that comes from someone, who at that moment isn’t happy, we can explore a different perspective.

It’s true; we may not have asked for this life, but we were invited into this life.

The definition of invited“to request the presence and participation to a place or gathering; to do something.”

When you are invited to something, it’s because your perspective is needed to enrich the lives, dreams, and experiences of others. Just as there’s a purpose to an invitation, there’s a purpose to life.

But what happens when we don’t know our purpose?

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” ~David Viscott

Finding your purpose can lead down roads of distractions and adventures. The goal is to maneuver around the roadblocks to reach our destination.

Let’s glance at Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

We first find Dorothy unfulfilled and dreaming of a life with happiness and meaning. As she walks down the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City, she meets up with three others on the course to find their purpose. Together the four of them overcome hindrances that try to prevent them from finding answers. When they finally stand before the Wizard, they discover what they were looking for was in them the entire time.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”― Mark Twain

Steps in finding your purpose:

1 – Make a list of things you spend the most time doing during the day.
Make a second list of things you value the most.
Compare the two list and identify how they align. What changes can you make to ensure your life is focused on your
values more?

2 – What are your gifts? What are you passionate about?
We are good at many things, but what drives you and causes you to dream about living a more fulfilled life?

3 – What is needed and how can you serve?
The world is an overwhelming place, but our communities and neighborhoods offer us a starting place.
Step outside your comfort zone and look at the needs of others.

Once you have answers to these questions, you can adjust areas in your life, in order to live it with purpose.

Remember:

Your life has a purpose.
Your story is important.
Your dreams count.
Your voice matters.
You were born to make an impact.

Life requests the honor of your presence. How will you answer?

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