What do you want to be when you grow up?
Remember asking yourself that question. When school was finished, you went on to pursue your "dream". You may have become an architect, attorney, nurse or a professional clown. Yet, something is missing.
You can't put your finger on it. Your life has all the trappings of success and happiness, but, you get up, go to work, plod through the day, go home, yada yada. You feel drained, or perhaps even cheated. Worse yet, you feel guilty for feeling unfulfilled. Unfounded guilt--life was designed with each individual and their happiness in mind.
Most people are stuck in life doing what they think they have too, because the alternative--true happiness--is seemingly impossible. After all, doing what we love means taking risks. Do you feel like stepping outside the norm is just too hard, or would cause too many waves?
There's the money, the insurance and other peoples ideology for our life; all of which are controlled by others. Accountability is imperative in life; however, we should be making our choices in life on purpose.
My eye-opener came on a snowy morning at work when I learned a friend of mine died suddenly--alone--in his apartment from heart disease. He was only 52. A life of the party kind of guy, he loved life, or so it seemed. We talked about his work at a Fortune 500 company on occasion and he expressed: "it pays the bills". I never got to talk to him, or see him alive again. Determined I would not end up going through the motions of life anymore, I set about to find my purpose.
A pastors wife and former business administrator, I asked myself some questions: Why am I here, and what am I supposed to be doing. The answers did not fall into my head and heart right away. It took some serious soul searching. Looking inward, and not outward to other sources (apart from Jesus). Happily married and serving alongside my husband in the ministry was great, but something was missing.
I first had to discover my passion--what really makes me tick. Once I found my passion, I could pursue my purpose through my passion.
My life was and continues to be centered around ministering--it is part of my passion. My spiritual life keeps me grounded and centered.
To find true passion, purpose and fulfillment, we must deal with our body, mind and spirit. By creating a balance, happiness is attainable.
Granted, it is not always easy. The road is up and down, but, staying the course to fulfill your purpose will lead you to the place of achieving your dream.
Share some of your challenges, dreams and journeys as it relates to discovering your purpose in the comments section. Let's meander along life's path together.