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Whats Your Purpose

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 “Life is what you make of it. Always has
been, always will be.” —Grandma Moses

Oprah Winfrey tells her story simply. As a young black girl in Mississippi in the 1950’s, there were few choices—grow up to be a maid, a teacher in a segregated school, a cook, or a servant. Her grandmother said to watch her as she cleaned clothes in a boiling pot in the yard, as the day would come when this would be her responsibility. “I watched carefully as she pulled the clothespins from her apron, held them two at a time between her lips, and placed one and then the other on opposite ends of the sheets and towels she hung on the line. A still, small voice inside me, really more a feeling than a voice, said, ‘This will not be your life. Your life will be more than hanging clothes on a line.’” Oprah Winfrey had begun her journey to finding and fulfilling her purpose.

It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13

That ‘one thing’

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”
—Yogi Berra

In the movie City Slickers, tough trail boss Curly explains to Mitch, the tenderfoot Billy Crystal character suffering through middle-age angst, that the secret of life is “one thing, just one thing.” Mitch asks, “But what is that one thing?” Curly answers: “That’s what you have to find out.” Finding your purpose is finding that “one thing.” There’s no one set path to find your purpose, but there are a few points to keep in mind:
• Purpose is a broad “mission statement” of life. It can be as simple as a phrase: “Make those around me happy.”
• No one can give you your purpose. Purpose is something you discover and embrace; it’s not thrust upon you.
• Purpose should not be confused with goals. Purpose is the end; goals are the means to that end.
• Purpose in life isn’t overcoming weaknesses, or even using our skills well. Great athletes, writers, or scientists can struggle as much as anyone else in finding purpose.
• Purpose is discovered in how you define your life’s meaning; the goals you set to fulfill that meaning; and how you use your skills to achieve those goals.
• Once life’s purpose is discovered, it rarely changes. Goals are achieved or adjusted for new circumstances, but purpose generally remains constant. There are two critical days in our lives: the day we are born, and the day we discover why we were born. Discovering the purpose of our lives is a deeply personal and spiritual process.

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. Psalm 138:8

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