We all strive to live a life that’s full of passion and purpose. However, many of us sometimes feel like we’re not doing enough, or perhaps what we’re doing isn’t purposeful enough. What do you do when you find yourself questioning your calling? How do you react when your usual motivators diminish? Here are three ways to find a new sense of purpose in your daily life.
Feed Your Soul
Faith is a strong component of a purposeful life. When you root your life in God, you have the ultimate drive to live each day to the fullest. As Christians, we are born with spiritual gifts. These gifts include discernment, prophecy, service, evangelism, and more. When you discover your unique spiritual gifts, you can apply them to your daily life. If your gift is teaching, your role is to communicate the word of God to others and spread his message to those you encounter.
Perhaps you’ve been given the gift of wisdom. Many will reach out to you for advice or counsel, and you’ll be suited to guide people in the path of righteousness. The book of James states that Heavenly wisdom is pure, gentle, reasonable, and sincere. These are key factors to listening, understanding, and guiding others. Take the time to discover your spiritual gifts, take out your NSRV Bible, and find ways to use these things for His glory. Being a steward of God’s word is the ultimate sense of purpose.
Invest in Yourself
The way that you present yourself to the world is a direct reflection of who you are. This is not to say that vanity should prevail over personality, but that your self-care matters. Pastor Bianca Olthoff says that rather than focusing on appearance, you need to address your maintenance. She compares the difference between vanity and self-care to car maintenance. Your car requires basic upkeep like oil changes and tune-ups to function. These functions are the necessary maintenance. Tinted windows and custom rims, however, are vanity and have no impact on functionality.
How does personal care relate to purpose? Pastor Bianca goes on to say that when you invest in caring for the body you have, and the way you present yourself, you show self-respect. This confidence exudes and allows others to respect you as well. Go to the nearest clothing boutique and refresh your wardrobe. Exercise regularly as a method of physical and mental health. Wash your hair, trim your nails, do whatever you need to do to feel refreshed. Studies show that an investment in self-care often leads to a decrease in illness, anxiety, and depression.
The greatest commandment given directly from Jesus was to love one another. This wasn’t simply His advice given to His disciples, but a direct emphasis on loving the way He loved. To do the bare minimum or to selectively care does not a Christ-follower make. Jesus states in the book of John that others will know who His followers are by the way that they love others. What better sense of pride and purpose is there than giving back?
Sign up to volunteer in your community. Reach out to those in your life who struggle, who have less, who might not verbalize their needs. Be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone you encounter. The mark of a purpose-filled life is one of Christ-like love, service, and selflessness. If you live above your means, shift the focus of your priorities. Provide support to organizations that you feel emulate this great commandment. Get a group of friends together and serve at the local shelters, food banks, or community centers. When you take the time to invest in yourself and others, a new sense of purpose is bound to flourish.