This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 3:44 pm
A few years back a man that was not well known on the worlds stage did something very interesting, he wrote a book about purpose that flew off the shelves and connected with people, a lot of people, all different people, and ultimately became one of the most influential books of our time. The book, The Purpose Driven Life, was touted as a Christian devotional book, but the ironic thing was that the book connected with so many people, whether they were Christian or not. For me, the central theme wrests in one chapter, “What on Earth Am I Here For?”
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word purpose this way: “Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work.”
For so many people this is the struggle which leads to anxiety, depression, addiction, etc. Having purpose in our lives has a monumental effect on our mental health. If you don’t believe it as yourself this, are you happy? Are you doing those things that have a direct impact on what you believe is your purpose?
I chased after money for a long time with the thought that it would be financial riches that would finally “fix” my depression/anxiety/anger. 15 years ago, I was able to finally connect with a passion/purpose I never knew I had. Let’s be clear, just because I believe I am doing what I believe my passion and purpose is does not preclude me from having depressive or anxious times. What I will say is that life is so much better when you are connecting directly with those gifts / abilities that you have that impact your passion and purpose.