God created us for a purpose; for something far greater and beyond ourselves.

Why is knowing your purpose important
Before I knew what I wanted to go to school for, I would just show up and go through the motions. Yeah, I was focused and excited to be there, knowing I would end up somewhere; but the direction in which I should go was just not clear. When I found out what I was going to major in, I was filled with energy and began to put extra effort forth, knowing where I was going and what I needed to do to get there; I began to live life in another realm.  Now, our purpose is not our jobs or what we do; but it is in our jobs and how we do them, as my Pastor says. We can do our jobs but if we are not using our jobs as a ministry to reach others’, then we are not living out our God-given purpose.; we are then living in a ME world which will quickly crumble.

Knowing your purpose
So how do you reach out to others’ and begin to know your God-given purpose?

First, seek God. Not for what He can do for you, but to have a relationship with Him. Begin to saturate yourself in His word and He will flow from you, throughout your daily life and interactions with others’.  As you get to know the Lord, you will desire more and more of what He desires and wants for your life.

When you see a need; fill a need.  This applies to all but if you don’t know what you are good at or where you belong; this is a great place to start. If you see a need as simple as picking up trash, fill it. See the need for nursery volunteers, fill it. See the need for a hungry child that needs to be fed, fill it. As you go about filling needs, you will begin to learn more about who you are and what God has planned for you.

God gives us each a unique purpose; no matter what yours is, each of us is put here to love one another as Christ loves us through our purpose. So let us go about reaching out and building strong relationships not built on envy and judging one another but on love and understanding; living out our God-given purpose.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.