Summary: Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”(Proverbs 19:21)
Imagine God were to write a book about your life. With God as author, this biography would be totally truthful, accurately written. What sort of story would it be? Imagine God had a library of such books. Would He gladly place the volume bearing your name in a place of honours? Do you care what He thinks?
Remember the two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is, but if you don’t know what your purpose is then you don’t know why you are here, and without purpose, life does not make sense. Human beings, no matter who they are or where they live, all want to be significant, superior, and successful.' This relentless pursuit has produced some spectacular invention in the history of human being. God who has the master plan of everything crafted every element in the universe to perform a specific function. Chief among all of God’s creation are human beings who he made in his own likeness for his own purpose. We should all be positive about life because God created us all for a purpose; we are not accidents. Our greatest discovery in life is to discover our purpose and our greatest achievement is fulfilling it.
Everything in life “begins” and “ends” with purpose. Everyone on this planet was born with and for a purpose. It is this purpose that is the only source of meaning and significant. Without purpose, life is an experiment or a chaotic journey that results in frustration, disappointment and failure. Without purpose, life is subjective, or it is a trial and error game that is ruled by environmental influences and the circumstances of the moment. Likewise, in the absence of purpose, time has no meaning, energy has no reason and life has no precision. Therefore, it is essential that we understand and discover our purpose in life so that we can experience an effective, full and rewarding life.
“The Purpose Driven Life” book written by Rick Warren has sold over 35 million copies and is usually recommended as next to the Bible when it comes to Purpose Discovery. The book will help you see life from God’s perspective rather than from human perspective. The book's 40 chapters are divided into six major sections, with the following titles:
What on Earth Am I Here For?
Purpose #1: You Were Planned for God's Pleasure (Worship)
Purpose #2: You Were Formed for God's Family (Fellowship)
Purpose #3: You Were Created to Become like His son (Discipleship)
Purpose #4: You Were Shaped for Serving God (Ministry)
Purpose #5: You Were Made for a Mission (Mission)
Life is often defined by the questions we ask. The questions we are asking often reveal what we are thinking – or the direction we are going. Most people unfortunately never struggle to think about or find answers for the basic questions of existence, Origin, Purpose, Meaning and Destiny of life. The answers to these questions will consciously or unconsciously condition, empower or limit almost everything in that individual’s life. The late Dr. Myles Munroe touched many lives through his teaching ministry and he taught that in discovering God's purpose, there are five basic questions we must have answers to:
1. WHO AM I? Question of IDENTITY
2. WHERE AM I FROM? Question of HERITAGE
3. WHY AM I HERE? Question of PURPOSE
4. WHAT CAN I DO? Question of POTENTIAL
5. WHERE AM I GOING? Question of DESTINY
Let's analyse the questions
1. The question of "Who am I?" is a question of identity. Many people, who don't know their true identity normally face identity crisis and live the way others live, talk the way others do and do things the others do. So we need to find out who we really are.
2. The question of "Where am I from?" is the question of Heritage. We need to discover and find out where we are from. This does not refer to ethnic background but it refers to the source where we are originally from. If you don't know where you are from, you will never know where you are going.
3. The question of "Why am I here?" is a question of purpose. We need to find our purpose for life so as to live a purpose-driven life.
4. The question of "What can I do?" is a question of potential, unless we discover our abilities and potentials, we will never maximize it. There is something God has deposited in each of us to impact our life and our entire world, we’ve to bring it out.
5. The question of "Where am I going?" is a question of destiny. We should know where we are going, if we don't know where we are going, any way will right for us.