Living With Purpose
A Poem By Barbara Philbrook
What is the purpose you were placed here on Earth;
each of us in God's sight has great worth.
Each of us was created with a purpose in mind;
so it behooves each of us God's plan to find.
Each of us has a precise destiny to fulfill,
and knowing you've done so will one day be a thrill.
Each of us will stand before God one day,
destiny fulfilled or having frittered the time away.
Each of us accountable without any excuse,
all apologies unacceptable no matter how profuse.
Some souls may be waiting to be stirred by you,
needing your assurance God's love is true.
Some aching hearts may need inspiration,
they may be holding back awaiting your invitation.
Someone may be hungry or dying of thirst,
their needs can't be quenched unless you're saved first.
Your purpose is yours and can't be accomplished by me;
each of us must seek to fulfill our own destiny!
God knew of Satan's interference how he'd curse us,
so God created in each our own purpose!
Life purpose is not synonymous with career. For some people, their work is a job, a source of income, perhaps even a source of stimulation and reward, but it is unrelated to their broader life purpose. This can be by choice or circumstance.
For other people, their job or career is closely interwoven with their life purpose-it is a vocation. Some of these people speak of finding their vocation based on a calling. For some, vocation is deeply rooted in the notion of service.
I think it's very important to make that clear, so people don't feel like failures because their job is not aligned with their purpose. Our life purpose connects with our spirituality, our sense of what is meaningful and valuable in life. The core questions we ask about our life purpose often lead us to our personal spiritual path, to our search for connection and meaning.
Many people feel confused by the word, "spirituality," because they are not exactly sure what it means. Some feel that spirituality is just another word for religion. But while there are similarities between spirituality and religion, they are not synonymous.
Moving into new directions or phases of life opens up the way for new possibilities to emerge, allowing our life purpose to evolve. But this can also prompt physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transitions and even sometimes a chaotic period as we begin to organize around a new core question. Questions like why am I here? How do I find what I'm passionate about and What is my purpose?