Finding Purpose in Every Season of Your Life

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa (Wikimedia Commons)

Many people, at some time or another, will ask this question "What is my purpose?"

God created us with a purpose, which is why we all feel that longing to find it. We all want to feel significant in this world and make a difference. Unfortunately we are born into sin, so to find our purpose we must find Christ first.

So, if we are not raised in a Christian home where we can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ ministered to us, then we live our lives wandering through every phase searching for purpose, significance and calling. For those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Savior, once we make that decision we then go on this hunt for our purpose.

Is God calling me to ministry? What career does God want for me? Whom does God want me to marry? The questions go on and on and on.

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Sometimes we can feel so lost and confused in this search, afraid to miss God and His purpose! Right? Everyday our roles change from the time we get up to the time we go to bed whether it's mother, wife, employee, employer, minister, etc.

At the end of the day, we find ourselves trying to distinguish between which one we do best, and will we be content doing this the rest of our lives. We can have a different purpose in every season of our life. So many times we find ourselves in search of that one thing we are purposed to do.

If you are a mother raising young children, your purpose for this season is to train up your children in the Lord, nurture them and be there for them. If you are transitioning to a new job or starting college, you are going to have to humble yourself and have an attitude of learning.

If we don't get this revelation, we will be on this search for the rest of our lives never enjoying the different seasons of our life and miss out on so many great opportunities to trust God and see His faithfulness.

I remember reading an amazing story of compassion; it blew me away and forever changed my outlook on compassion. Mother Teresa was a woman whose life was moved by compassion through the Lord. She sacrificed her life helping the untouchables until her last breath.

One particular story gripped my heart. She found a woman in the dumps of India whom rats were eating. This little old lady (Mother Teresa) dragged this woman to a hospital to try to save her life.  That was one of the most compassionate stories I have ever read. 

Most of us would have responded by going to get someone else, or we would been concerned about touching this woman and getting a disease, etc. But Mother Teresa was moved with a deep compassion to do whatever she could to save this woman.

We are always looking for someone to drag us out of our rat-eaten dump. Maybe today God is wanting you to be the one to drag someone out instead. Maybe the dark and difficult seasons you've been through will give you compassion to help others that may be going through what you did. Could it be that what the devil meant for bad, God will use for His good?

There is so much to get out of the different seasons of our life. I believe that you will continue to find purpose in every season of your life as you gain a different perspective of how to respond. I believe today your eyes of understanding are opening to how the will of God may take many different turns.

If you don't quit, He will get you to your destination. 

Whatever season you are in—DON'T GIVE UP! Keep pressing into God, He is faithful to show you your purpose in this season!

There is never a lost opportunity with God—He is Eternal! Allow Him to help you bounce back into your destiny and purpose that He has for you! Life never works out perfect for any one of us. No matter how great of a planner you are, change is inevitable and we must learn to be flexible.  

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28, NKJV). So many times in my life, especially in the role of a pastor's wife, I found myself constantly searching what my purpose is.

In my search of purpose and significance in these different seasons of my life, I learned these threee key things:

1. You will never find your purpose if you don't find your identity in Christ. You must know who you are in Him first, so whether you fail or succeed you will not be moved because your confidence is in Him.

2. Don't give up. God is not trying to keep you out of your purpose! Sometimes it takes time for God to mold and shape you for your next assignment. This is the uncomfortable step because sometimes you will not like the "you" God reveals to you. Be encouraged, this should motivate you to change.

3. Quit comparing yourself with other people. God created you special with a unique gifting and calling.  No one person is alike. Be content with who God created you to be.

God is looking for more godly men and women to follow after Him, pursue Him and enjoy this wonderful season of your life. If it's difficult, open yourself up and learn to trust God like you never have before. God is good all the time.

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