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Is it to say what you mean? Act out what you say? Then see if you can find out where you went wrong and go about trying to make things better. What have you seen what works?
Your purpose is whatever you set it to be - it is not something you "find" but something you define for yourself.
The things you mention aren't about finding a purpose, but reaching a goal.
We were created with/for a defined purpose and that is to glorify God. It is impossible to know what that means without seeking to know Him. His invitation stands–going to Him His way is to find that His grace in Jesus the Christ is the only source of true joy.
The infinity of that truth fully covers this life and eternity. Within that truth we find the source of all power and knowledge is on our side to give us abundant life, life with purpose.
He knows the good plans He has for each of His children. They will not make demands on Him, but will trust Him step by step in everything they do in this life, finding that He faithfully gives far more than we can ask or think if we will faithfully follow with Him.
He knows we will have failures, but He promises that His grace is greater. Walking dependently on Him, asking Him for the wisdom we need in this life, honoring Him for His faithfulness, yes,I have seen that these things work, as you put it in the question(s), but it can only be in the context of trusting Him according to His Word. In losing ourselves for His sake we find just exactly what we have been seeking.
C. S. Lewis put it well:
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
“When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.”
“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people... It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
Prayerfully reading the book of Mark in an NAS Bible is a good place to begin with finding the Creator's plan for the abundant life He offers.
This is a good topic. I'm always impressed when people know what they want to do with their lives at an early age. I've know people who are teachers and told me as children how they would line up their stuffed animals and have class. I knew a man who started his first business when he was seven years old and now owns several. Then there are others. Going through life working, making money, doing what society expects of them, are successful on the outside and miserable on the inside. They don't know what they want in life but they have settled for what they have. I would suggest the purpose of person's life is locked deep within them. They know what they feel and may be too afraid to accept it. I've seen people who wanted to paint with oil and canvas but spent too many years working at their job. When they do it, they discover themselves. So, I would suggest that finding your purpose in life involves taking the time to know yourself, respecting what is there inside you and the courage to pursue it.
If we could do greater self examination, name those values that drive us and be encouraged by ourselves and others, we would stand a greater chance at finding meaning and our purpose. Thank you readmikenow
I agree with Wilderness and RTalloni with saying "we are incarnated with the purpose of imprinting that particular incarnation's attributes into our life-force" often called god. There is no way we can change what we do until/unless it is already calibrated into the incarnated body to do it at a certain time.
As "children of god" we incarnate as every possible physical manifestation type in existence to imbed in our life-force every attribute of them to, upon completing it, become the life-force of the whole of existence. My hubs, "Existence Explained Via Numbers" and "The Bible's Message', explains that in depth with each one taking a different approach to revealing it.
Elijah I have a general interest in Numerology and to get a more wholistic view I can apply it in a Tarot reading.
I am unfamiliar with the Bible but I would be keen to read about a number and its Bible meaning together how it can relate to one's purpose.
The secret of life is just "one thing". Watch the movie "City Slickers" lol
Hadnt looked at it that way- that is, "something you dont find but you define for yourself". To me that says life has enabled to more often than not take the reins in your life and really make things happen.
If so? My life has felt to be in the hands of others so purpose has and is elusive.
That would depend on whether the purpose of your life is intrinsic (like educating people is the intrinsic purpose of a textbook) or ascribed (as Wilderness suggests) I would argue if there is no intrinsic purpose, then ascribing purpose to one's life is merely wishful thinking.
If there is indeed an intrinsic purpose to your life, then finding that purpose lies in knowing the creator that endowed you with that purpose. Seek your creator, and you find your purpose!
Great thoughts Mike. I've always known people who knew what they were going to be from an early age and I always admired them. I was thinking, "Man why can I be like that?" I discovered that, with me, I have a lot of different interests and I've never directed all my energies to just one thing. I don't think that's necessarily bad. I've done a lot of good work in lots of areas. However, I am reminded of the misquote so often attributed to Ben Franklin. The misquote is "jack of all trades master of none." What Franklin actually said was "jack of all trades, master of ONE." In other words you should know a little bit about everything and everything about ONE thing.
All my life, until I went through a metamorphosis or "new birth", had been exploring many environmental things being born a country boy until 8 before moving to the city. My daddy was a farmer who produced all manner of vegetables and raised hogs for sale and home use until he separated from my mom when I was just over 4. At 5 I lived with him for my first 2 years of school then returned to my mom who move to the city in 53.
In the city and my dad didn't do anything for us, for the most parts, I began working at 9 doing yard work, paperboy, delivering a food-store's sale papers door to door, stocking groceries, as a teen I studied wood and metal work in school as I moved to dishwashing, porter, salesman, commercial laundry, USAF 1 & 2 Engine jet mechanic, inspector for General Dynamics, construction, mobil home builder, truck driver, truck-loader and shuttler and finally a maintain lineman for the Telephone company. That wide variety and being, so to speak, "conceived in church" gave me a very opened mind by changing and never remaining with any one thing, except USAF 5 years and Phone Co. 3, no more than a year and half and only desired to retire from the last 2.
That give me a wide variety to learn how to relate to each other and kept me from closing my mind to only school work, something I wanted to stop in 7th grade because I saw it was "brainwashing" rather than encouraging me to explore, and a career. Also as at 7 I desired to be as free as a deer so once I had the spiritual experience called "new conception" which led to spiritual gestating and finally birth that is what I set out to become, FREE. By doing that I needed to be able to justify my not wanting what everyone wanted so I called it "new birth" since, using the Adam metaphor, Adam and eve were tadpoles, without the poor of frogs or human without "the ability to exceed the earth and everything hereon", as "dominion" is defined, which is what Jesus supposedly demonstrated and I want and am willing to pay the price to learn how to do.
That is why it I am able to makes many relationships between different things, by doing so much I was able to see many relative things other's don't. And I knew, once I was able to interpret many seemingly impossible things, what my life was to be and am now living exactly what those things interpreted to mean.
I think the purpose of life is to play it by ear. We just do the best we can moment to moment with the deck of cards we get, hand by hand. Its all luck of the draw. So little control do we have. Who does have control? Who? Luckily we are all playing it by ear. We all "go fish."
We are all getting what we need to survive, by hook or crook. Selfishly or not, goodly or badly, with common sense or not. With direct steps or not. With planning or not. With helping others along the way or not. With guiding the youth, mentoring, or not. Helping the poor, or not.
so many nots. darn it.
I heard a catholic priest ask (just today at a funeral): "We should all become saints. If not now, when?
What a horrible question.
So many "nots". Thats what Im feeling at the moment.
Good to hear from you Kathryn
Hi threekeys. Thanks!
What would it take to be a saint? I wish I had asked the priest that. IS HE saintly? if not now, when, dear sir?
Hello again, threekeys!
In a sense, yes I have found my purpose, though it may not be exactly what you mean by the question.
My purpose (and for that matter everyone's purpose) is the give glory to the God that created us through Jesus Christ. How we glorify God in our daily lives differs depending on what we do, the people we know, our professions, talents, and passions, etc., but it doesn't require we choose any of them.
Most of the world has never known what it is like to choose what their lives will be or what they will do, but some have glorified God simply by working hard for their masters as though they were working for God, and by praising him in the hardest of days.
In my own experience I have found myself better understanding and fulfilling my purpose while doing the jobs i enjoyed the least. My purpose wasn't in the job itself, it was in living my life the way God would have me live it.
"So whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God" - 1 Corinthians 10:31
(hope that wasn't too long an answer!)
I know too well and understand personal discipline and personal growth is performing tasks you do not enjoy, through to completion.
It sounds as if placing God as number one priority in life brings much relief and goodness your way.
PS. I wrote up another question which I think I may have posed this same question but from another perspective. See what you think peopleofthevbook
Kathryn L Hill: (Assuming your Creator question was directed at me...if not i apologize!) It's interesting you should ask that question, although it seems manifestly obvious that we are not our own creators. (After all, you and I did not call all things into existence from nothing and breathe life into lifeless matter!)
But the heart of man's trouble is in assuming the role of his own creator. - after all, isn't all evil at its heart fueled by our selfishness and self-worship? We seek to glorify our god, and if that god is us, then what wrong can't be justified in the name of serving him?
We did create ourselves. Its the only thing that makes sense. We just forgot.
I agree with you both, Kathryn and POTB.
We do make ourselves according to a pre-established sequence where we go from absolute ignorance and become the first form of life earth [matter] is made of through all stages of human/woman [minds unable to comprehend all things] and into enlightened man [minds able to comprehend all things], we maintain the enlightened state for a time long as the learning process was, we then began forgetting everything for the same length of time and remain completely ignorant for that long before we begin the learning process over again. That's done in increments of 10% of human/woman population durning the end of each of 2 civilization's endings like this material one and another spiritual one (Rev. 21's POTB).
We are not our creator when we only recognize out physical manifestation as who we actually are, a condition I believe only human/woman have and no other life-types.
If we are a drop of water in the ocean of God. We are the same as God. We worship/acknowledge and revere mighty triple O/ the Ocean of God, but realize we are made of the same stuff. Life, light, wisdom, and love.
Who made us then? Why does Jesus say, "Know ye not that ye are gods?"
"Be still and know that I am God." ?
I am …
Man's meaning, "mind able to comprehend all things," is the same thing as "all knowing god", Kathryn, is why "know ye not ye are gods" is written.
Right now you are in the learning process on earth, when you become an ascended master you becomes a god to earth but still a student on another plane and after that and that until you become god over existence then you begin to forget in order togo back through a learning process unceasingly.
Look at it like this, everything is your body is an individual living entity, your organs, their tissue, the tissue's parts, your blood and all aspects of it and all of the elements food on earth are living in your body yet they are you and independent things, what make them up are you and them and independent things and the smallest compound of each atom is you yet hey all have independent lives. Meanwhile, your life-force is second to earth's, for all practical purposes, earth's is second to the solar system's and upward it goes to the life-force of existence and until we become "ascended masters" we are only students of earth.
So, yes, YOU ARE THAT YOU ARE and nothing more nor less.
I like the drop of water into the ocean of consciouness, analogy Kathryn.
I do feel their are stratas of consciouness in the Universe that include varying degrees of nobility.
Its good your belief and faith is strong.
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