Many of us remember being asked as kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It seemed so clear back then. Firemen, ballerinas, super heroes. Our active imaginations made the decision for us. But growing up leads us down another path of pondering – who am I and why am I here?
As Scott Schimmel pointed out on Sunday, “Disciples of Jesus thrive when they actively pursue their purpose.” Our identities as disciples of Christ are linked to that purpose. Find that purpose, and God’s mission won’t be far away. But many of us struggle to get there. How do you figure out your purpose?
As Scott pointed out, the process may take some time. But the steps are pretty clear.
– Meditate. Think about where you’ve come from and sense God’s presence in your thoughts. Without solitude, we’re thrashed by the dictates of society.
– Involve Others. Reach out to those you know best for feedback and reflection. How do they see you? You may discover talents you never knew you had.
– Pray. Ask Jesus to help you identify your purpose by understanding what you’re designed for.
– Discover your SHAPE. It’s a special tool on the LJCC website to help you identify why God created you. The results will show you how your unique talents fit in to God’s mission.