Updated: Mar 6, 2020
About 3 years ago, I became desperate.
I had just completed grad school, ended a long-term relationship, moved back in with my parents, and was making major changes to improve my toxic lifestyle.
As I gradually came to my senses, it was overwhelmingly clear that I existed for a reason. I spent a lot of time sitting in silence, thinking about the choices I've made, which could have all resulted in worse outcomes. One day, God finally spoke to me saying, "Your purpose was your life insurance."
That's when the desperation set in. I was desperate to find out the purpose that kept me alive when I should have been dead- the purpose that preserved my mind when I should be rocking back and forth in a mental institution. After searching and searching for months with no answers, God spoke again saying, "It's not about having the right answers, but being asked the right questions."
It was these 5 questions that helped me to discover what my purpose is, and I'm going to share them with you!
1. What makes you angry?
Dr. Myles Munroe once said that you will never change anything until it makes you angry. What's something that really grinds your gears when it happens? What do you find yourself going on rants about? This may be the thing you are called to change and improve!
2. What's something you naturally do well?
Many times, our purpose goes unnoticed by us because it's right under our noses. Your purpose will often be something that comes so second-nature to you that you won't realize how special it is. What's that signature thing that you can do well without much effort and get TONS of compliments on? Your calling will come so naturally that you might make the mistake of thinking, "Can't everybody do this??"
3. What's something that makes you forget to eat, sleep, and pee?
I know it sounds weird, but this question does a great job of showing what our passions and die-hard interests are. For example, when I'm writing or creating, I will go hours and hours without moving from one spot. I'll be starving, exhausted, and doing a "hold your pee" dance but I just can't bring myself to stop! I've even started sleeping with my laptop just in case I wake up in the middle of the night with a writing idea. What's something you could eat, sleep, and breath and never get tired of?
4. What would you spend your life doing even if you never got paid or recognized for it?
The definition of a dream job is to get paid for something you would do for free. In a perfect world, you would wake up everything morning in a rush to get back to work! You would be sad when the work day ended. You would feel like you are robbing people BLIND for actually getting paid and recognized for what you do. What's that one thing you could spend everyday doing for the rest of your life and never make a dime? Whether it's playing video games, reading books, or naming nail polishes, there is a way to use your passion to make an impact and an income!
5. If your last living sentence was broadcast to the entire world, what would you say?
This is what it all boils down to! I spent a lot of time pondering the answer to this question. It's such a weighty thing. But so is your purpose. It may take you some times, but once you find out what your statement to the world is, this is what you should be communicating to the world around you day in and day out. And not just with words, but with your actions and how you respond and interact with the people, opportunities, and situations that cross your path.
Purpose is achieved when your passions and talents intersect. When finding the answers to these questions, don't limit yourself to just one thing. Look for the "theme" in the midst of it all. There's a plethora of ways to live out your purpose, so take the limits off and explore the fullness of what your calling has to offer.
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