Why Am I Here?

It was just in the last ten years or so that I have started to question the reason for my existence. I asked myself – “Why am I here? What is it that I have been created to do?” Everything ever created has a purpose. Everything is designed with a purpose in mind. No-one creates a thing and then tries to figure out what function it might serve. Purpose always precedes creation because reason drives design. 

The question of purpose has very little to do with dreams or ambition. I say this with confidence because I have met many who had dreams and ambitions, fulfilled them and yet still feel their purposes elude them. All of life’s goals may be accomplished while totally missing one’s purpose. A wise soul once said to me – “The fact that you have the aptitude to do something doesn’t necessarily mean that is what you were created to do!” When we fail to stop and discover our purpose in life, we open up ourselves for misuse or abuse.

Until purpose is realized, success in the eyes of the world may be achieved but a deep void in the recesses of the heart remains. Why is it that fulfilling our dreams does not take us to the destination called 'Purpose'? The answer is simple – desires and aspirations are often always focused on self and focusing on self will never reveal life’s purpose. There is a greater reason for your existence and you owe it to yourself and the world to discover what that is. If for some reason you are accomplished in the eyes of the world yet feel as if something is missing, it is important to know that you are not alone. Many are living lives designed for someone else. When you take the time to discover the purpose for your life by practicing intentional thinking, the meaning you long for will be realized.

Life has no true meaning without purpose. A life without purpose is no life at all. When the reason for your existence is clear, you don’t waste time meandering through various options that will bring no real satisfaction. You know what to pick up and what to lay down. You know what endeavors to say yes to and which ones you politely decline. You have the necessary compass to help guide you when faced with an activity such that the simple question – “Does this activity take me closer to fulfilling my purpose?” defines whether an action is essential or a waste of your time.

If peace and simplicity is missing from your life, it may be time to re-evaluate where your energy is going. Your contribution matters to the world. When you fail to walk in the purpose for which you were created, you do the world a great disservice. Take a step back, reevaluate, pray for strength to prepare. Are you unhappy in what you have defined today as your life’s work? Could it be that you are not operating in the purpose for which you were created? It’s time to stop wandering in the dark. There’s a wealth of contentment that comes from following your passion and your purpose.

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