Following the publication of Rick Warren’s bestselling book – The Purpose Driven Life, a lot of people have become awakened to the need to discover their purpose for life. Many have become awakened to the need to find out why they are here and how they can go ahead to live a really meaningful life.
Sadly, most of them have fallen prey of wrong bits of advice that we have all over the internet and book stores. Here are two examples of such misleading advice that many have imbibed when it comes to “how to find their life’s purpose”!
1) Find What You Love To Do
This is so common out there. Many times we hear people say find what you love to do and do what you love to do. But this is so wrong and here is why …
Imagine that someone met Paul the apostle before that journey to Damascus where he was converted. Then the person told him that the best way for him to discover his purpose was to find what he loved and do it! Do you think that what he might have loved at that time will have any connection whatsoever with what he was actually supposed to do with his life? The answer is an emphatic no!
At that time, Paul had no interest in the gospel of Christ even though he was ordained to be an apostle to the gentiles even from his mother’s womb! He was actually actively involved persecuting the church – the same church he was born to be a part of.
The advice to find what you love and you find your purpose is especially wrong if you are dealing with an unbeliever because the desires and cravings of the unregenerate man have no inclination to his divine purpose Click To Tweet
The things that the unbeliever really loves will have no connection whatever with his divine purpose. That is why it is wrong to ask somebody to start from what he loves to determine what he was born for.
Actually, that is a selfish approach because your purpose is never about you. It is always about what you are here to do for the benefit of others. So don’t make the mistake of trying to find out what you were born to do by trying to determine what your personal desires and interests are.
2) What Are You Skills And Abilities
The second mistake most people make in finding their purpose is to determine what their abilities or skills are. They try to find out what they are naturally good at and take that as a clue to what their purpose is. While this might be helpful in some cases, most times it’s a misleading clue.I have found out through the scriptures that most times, what God calls or chooses people to do is always out of the league of their abilities. Click To Tweet
It is only after they have discovered that purpose that the ability comes upon. Most times, it is only after they have identified that thing they were born for that they really get to start loving it.
For example, Paul could never have loved to preach before he met Jesus and Moses never loved to speak either. In fact, his inability to speak was one of the objections Moses gave God when he was called but God still chose him for an assignment that had to do with speaking.
See Also: Why Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen
Jeremiah was not a speaker but God chose him for an assignment that had to do with speaking too. In fact, he was ordained to be a prophet to the nations from the womb ever before he said his first word! So the fact that Jeremiah or Moses couldn’t speak didn’t mean that their assignment in life could not be related to speaking.
As such, it is wrong to think that the best way to begin to find out what you were born for is to find out what you love. If Jeremiah decided to find his purpose by finding out what he loved to do, speaking was never part of what he loved to do. Therefore, he may never have discovered that he was born to be a prophet to the nations.
Now, if you shouldn’t start from finding out what you love to do or what you are good at, where then do you start to discover your purpose?
If you haven’t discovered your purpose yet or just need to be sure, I invite you to join me for special e-course that I am holding now. It is titled, “How To Discover Your Unique Purpose And Live Your Best” Over the next 7 days, I will send you seven emails with lessons and exercises that will help you clarify exactly why you came.
And beyond discovering why you came, I will be glad to coach you and hold you by the hand as you fulfill that calling in Christ Jesus.
Remember, no human person ever came into this world, except that there was a problem in the world that they were uniquely designed to solve. You are a bundle of a solution and until you find out what solution you brought into this world, you will never really live a fulfilled life. I will like to contribute to your success by helping you find it out and fulfill it.
If you already found your purpose, can you share in the comments how you got to find out? When did it dawn on you what you were born for?