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God Has a Purpose for Our Lives

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Bronwen was a teacher for over forty years. Degrees include School Librarianship, Psycholinguistics and Theology, and Applied Linguistics.

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How do we know God has a purpose for us?

God speaks to us in many ways and times on this adventurous journey of life. It may be an actual vision, such as Paul's experience that he described to King Agrippa in Acts 26; it may be when we read the Bible, through events in our lives, or even through the words and actions of other people.

It doesn't matter whether we are old or young when we come to Him. Whether or not we accept the gift of forgiveness of our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus and give our lives to Him, is our choice. God gives us this free choice and it is our responsibility to choose the right path.

When we choose to give our lives to God, we allow Him to take control of the direction that our paths will follow. We may ask Him to reveal His purpose for our lives and we may find this purpose quite quickly. It can be different for each person. We may ask to be shown the way, but God knows when we are not yet ready; there may be things that we need to learn first. Then we must wait, remembering that His timing is always perfect.

New Christians May Not Know About God's Purpose

Sometimes we are not aware that God has a purpose for our lives, a special route planned just for us. We are 'baby Christians' and our relationship with God may mostly consist of our asking for things. God is infinitely patient with His children and we have many lessons to learn along the way.

I was like that. After giving my life to Jesus at the age of ten, I thought I knew all I needed to know. Mother taught Sunday School and Dad played the organ, so I went to Sunday School and church every Sunday, remembered the stories, learned texts for homework and prayed to God every night - and during the day for emergencies.

Now I belonged to Jesus. That was enough. I often seemed to be in trouble: with Mother for losing my hair-ribbons, with my teacher for messy work, with the Head Teacher for writing with my left hand, but I knew that when I sent emergency prayers to God, He always heard. I stopped panicking, found the ribbons, was more careful with my bookwork and learned to watch out for the Head Teacher so when he came to our classroom I could pretend to write with my right hand. I was treading along my pathway quite happily and had no idea that God might have a purpose for my life.

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A Bolt From the Blue

A year later, my Mother, sister and I sat on the beach watching the lightning across the bay. Mother told us it was not frightening, it was like a fireworks display and showed the power of God. We counted the seconds after the claps of thunder to know how close the storm was and when to run for home. Visitors arrived and Mother returned home, warning us not to wait too long. Soon my sister followed.

I stayed too long and large raindrops began to fall. I stood up and ran for the gate. Just as I ran under an old banksia tree there was a blinding flash and mighty crash of thunder.

When I regained consciousness the rain was pelting down and I was soaked. The tree had burnt and was still smoking. I wobbled shakily up the path to the house. There, in front of the guests, I was given a dressing-down for being slow and wet. The only thing was, Mother's mouth just opened and shut. I couldn't hear a thing. I was waved away to clean up and change.

Gradually, over the next hour my hearing came back and I realized I had survived a lightning bolt. I could have been killed, but God had saved me. It had taken this for God to get through and tell me that He had a purpose for my life. I had so much to learn - I still have.

Called for a Purpose

In Romans 8.28, Paul wrote "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." When we give our lives to Jesus, God calls us for a purpose. He may not reveal it to us immediately, but the Holy Spirit will help us, even when we do not know what we should pray for or how we should pray.

When we feel God calling, but do not seem able to define His message, it is helpful to pray and meditate, to grow closer to God, to learn to love Him more and learn more about His love for us.

The Taizé Community

One place that many people visit when seeking God's purpose for their lives is the Taizé Community. It is intended for young people, but older people are welcome, too. It is an ecumenical monastic order situated in Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. There I have met people from many different countries of the world and have taken people there, too. Accommodation and food are fairly basic, prices reasonable, but the important things: the opportunities for prayer and meditation, the worship services and singing are so uplifting and helpful.

There is always something happening. In this "Year of Faith," the Taizé Community is seeking ways of "uncovering the wellsprings of trust in God." Brother Alois has written "Four Proposals" to achieve that. You can read it on their website: <www.taize.fr/en>

The main points are

  1. Talk together about our faith journey.
  2. Look for ways to encounter Christ.
  3. Look for ways of relying on God.
  4. Without fear, be open to the future and to others.


When we are seeking to find God's purpose for our lives, or even just for the next tiny step in our life's journey, we need to be able to uncover "the wellsprings of trust in God."

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Yes He does have a purpose for each of us..Thank You for the reminder..voting up

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Very nice and very true. Thanks for sharing.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Agreed. Thank you for this.I used the talents I was blessed with to serve my Lord.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good hub, Blossom. I strongly believe in purpose and our responsibility to pursue it. A sense of purpose keeps us going when those without give up. I'm sure that the programs at the Taizé Community are very meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Your ending says it so well: ..." uncover the wellsprings of trust in God."

      Be still and listen. He will make known His wishes for our lives. Thank you for sharing your lightning bolt experience and the steps in your journey thus far.

      Sending you many Angels this evening. :) ps

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub Blossom, until you realize that god loves you and guide you with a purpose, you are lost. this is a beautiful hub and I can relate to it .

      Thank you

      Michael

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      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      Wonderful Hub, Blossom. I enjoyed it so very much, especially the journey you gave into your childhood. I sat on the beach with you and your family, walked that path along with you, saw those lightening bolts, and felt the rain. Thank you so much for sharing your great awakening. God is so good, He saved you to share your journey with us. You've inspired me to want to visit the Taizé Community. Voted up and interesting and beautiful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      faythef: Praise God that He does! Thank you for the vote.

      Mommy Needs a Nap: Thank you for your comment.

      Mhatter99: Wonderful! I hope you still do. Even when we're old we can still pray.

      MsDora: Taizé is great. Every Friday is like Good Friday - mostly silent and meditation, and every Sunday is rejoicing like Easter Day.

      pstraubie48: Listening is so important, rather than just asking. Thank you for your lovely comments. May you have a blessed day today.

      cleaner: So true, Michael. Thank you.

      drmiddlebrook: God is so good. He loves us and it's so great to love Him, too. Our relationship with Him is paramount if we are to end this journey well. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I hope you do make it to Taizé; I found it well worth the effort.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a beautiful testimonial to God's love and patience toward all who seek him. It is a learning process and i am still learning. Thank you for sharing your personal story...

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Yes i agree, A motive or a purpose is must for every one,

      Do fall in love,

      not necessarily with a person,

      with a motive,

      with a purpose,

      and it would become the ,

      reason for a successful life,

      awesome hub, God bless.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It is a question we all ask at one time or another. You have proven it is well worth pursing. He has ordered our steps according to His perfect plan for us.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: Thank you. We are all still learning, that's why some people say they're 'practising Christians!'

      girishpuri: What a lovely comment! Thank you and may God bless you.

      teaches12345: We do ask it - often more than once, and it truly is worth pursuing. It is wonderful to know that we are so blessed.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Really interesting hub, especially your personal experience.

      I have found that my bible often opens at a page with something relevant to my state/problem at the time..

      Some say it is a coincidence but I think it happens too often for that to be true. I believe God knows my joys and my dilemmas.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dim Flaxenwick: It happens for me, too, and I think that for Christians there are no such things as coincidences, only God-incidents and that it is one of the ways in which He communicates with us. He surely does know us, better than we know ourselves. May He bless you today.

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      June 4 years ago from From the Heart of God

      Trusting God is trusting Him for His perfect plan and purpose in our lives. Romans 8:28 speaks all, no rooms for question here. God makes everything turn out for the best....so in everything give Thanks! Whether seemingly adverse or advantage, would certainly turn out for the best...as we let Him do His purpose in us.

      Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sweet Epistles: Thank you for your lovely comments.

      May God bless you.

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

      It is amazing that you came through the lightening bolt experience without injury. As you say God's plan is what prevails as we submit ourselves to him.

      Enjoyed the sharing of your journey and encouragement to others to seek God for His purpose in theirs.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Tamarajo: Thank you for your encouraging and affirming comments.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Blossom SB, this is my first time reading you and I must say that I enjoyed reading this enlightening post. thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      lovedoctor26: Thank you for reading. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, I love to share.

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      Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you Blossom for sharing your story. I still am continuing to find God's purposes for my life as a lot of things have changed recently in our family. I trust that He will lead us there.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Chin chin: It's great to be able to share in this way. May God bless you as you seek God's purpose for your life. Sometimes it's not easy to be patient, but His timing is perfect.

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