A lot has been said and written on the idea of living a life of purpose, so much so that sometimes, it may put a person under pressure to figure out their life’s purpose right away.
Yes, it’s true: you are a purposeful being that was created by a purposeful God for a reason. I believe that even though our lives are lived in different aspects and in different seasons, each person has been called to do one major significant thing with their lives, even if this one thing has different offshoots. This means that if you were to ask God what He has created you to do, He wouldn’t whip out a long list.
Having said this, I need to point out that even though you have a major assignment, it will look like different things at different seasons and periods of your life. How you carry out your purpose may vary with different seasons of your life. A person’s major assignment does not change, really, but it may wear different faces, and be linked to the different parts of who you are as a person and the different roles you play (child, spouse, parent, grandparent, student, worker, neighbour, volunteer, activist, retiree, etc.).
Your different roles, experiences and talents will all be woven together into this unique and amazing purpose, such that on your last day on earth, if you looked back, you would see a lovely, rich and purposeful tapestry. However, the success and significance of your overall life journey would depend on how you have lived out each season of your major purpose.
I urge you not to put yourself under so much stress and pressure trying to find out what you will be doing every day for the rest of your life. Frankly, you don’t need to know exactly what you’ll be doing on the 21st of February, 2067. You may have an idea of what you would like to be doing in that season of your life, but life has been designed to unfold with each season.
On the other hand, I urge you to find and pay attention to what you should be doing in this season and period of your life. At this point of your journey, there is a divine demand on you to live a life of significance, a life that fulfills the purpose of this season.
You may not need to know the points from ‘B’ to ‘Z’, but you do need to be sure of point ‘A’ and be significantly active with the purpose of point ‘A’, while you keep point ‘B’ in sight. It becomes clearer with time.