What is Your Purpose?

We should all have a calling, right? A passion that drives us. “If you find your purpose, you will never work a day in your life”, and will be wonderfully successful, respected, admired, and make loads of money. At least, that’s what I’ve always heard, so it must be true. 

What if I told you that having a “Life’s Purpose” is a myth. 

We are taught by society, and modern culture that to be fulfilled, we have to find our one special calling, that career we love, and it will bring us prosperity and fortune all of our days. 

Why is this philosophy problematic? 

…Because we aren’t built to have only one purpose. We are each meant to fulfill many unique and diverse missions throughout our lives. We have dreams and goals for ourselves, but we are multidimensional beings and our greatest life passions and fulfillments may or may not be wrapped up in that job we desire. 



Most of the time when we say, “What is God’s will for my life?” We are referring to our careers, right? But God allows purpose to thrive in so many aspects of our lives.

You can be a passionate artist, a wife, mother, doctor, friend, AND a passionate writer. You can find calling, drive, and fulfillment in multiple areas of your life. 

The world hands us such an impossible task of figuring out our one and only sparkling, unicorn reason for existing, and it puts sooooo much pressure on all of us. Once we believe we’ve found our “life’s calling”, complete our degrees or training, we can finally pour our passion into the work… but some time later, there’s an itch that comes over us. We feel unsettled, maybe even claustrophobic. If you’ve felt this way before, it’s miserable. And it’s also a huge disappointment that the dream we wished for doesn’t feel like we hoped it would. You do everything you can to refresh that passion you once had in your work, however, more than likely, the feeling of displacement whittles away at your spirit. 

A Life’s Purpose is not the same as a Life of Purpose

We were not built to stay in one place. God has so many plans for each of us. Some of us are amazing multi-taskers, juggling projects and people all at once, and others of us pour everything we have into one job, person, or other undertaking, and then we are diverted to our next chapters. One season ends, and the next begins. Sometimes there are painful seasons in between for our growth, for pruning, and for us to prepare for whatever we are meant to do next. And for some of us, those painful seasons last, so we seek out purpose and meaning in the big and small moments. 

Callings come in seasons. We all hear the stories again and again: Someone had a career they loved, then a crisis struck, but that sideroad somehow illuminated a new and exciting path. It happens all the time. 

Like me, you might be asking, “What is God’s will for my life now?” You might feel a little bit lost in the fog, the upside-down, so to speak. Very rarely, we have these beautiful gifts of some extended time when we are just waiting to find out- what’s next? It can seem like forever, but rest assured, you are never forgotten by your Creator. 

I’m not very good at being still and peaceful while I wait, because I am so impatient. It is such a comfort to know, we are always fulfilling our Life’s Purpose when our desire is to please God. When you’re seeking to do the next right thing, you can be at ease that you are living inside of your destiny.  

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About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on June 18, 2017, in Hope, Inspiration, Purpose, Spiritual Journey, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I needed to read this, this morning. I went to school late in life (started at 51). I was sure I was finally following God’s call to become a psychotherapist and help the hurting. Halfway through I got diagnosed with a brain tumor. But it was God’s call (!) so I pushed through, went to school from bed, and spent 7 years getting my degrees. Then I worked so hard…first at an agency and then in private practice. Two and one half years later the tumor returned. I now feel so tired and in pain all the time, there is no way I could do what I thought was God’s call. I have felt pretty down and discouraged. Your words help…just do the next right thing. So wise. Thank you.

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    • Thank you so much for reading, and for commenting, Linda. I haven’t been up to writing in almost a year, so my heart is warmed to be welcomed back by your inspiring story of perseverance, and words of encouragement.
      I’m so sorry to hear your brain tumor has returned, and your degree has been diverted. That is so devastating, and heartbreaking- my heart goes out to you for that loss!
      I’ll pray your call to uplift others will be rerouted even during this season of suffering.
      I was also a psychotherapy major when just a semester short, I became incapacitated due to chronic illness. It was so frustrating! God has been so good in allowing me to help others from my bed as I’ve been able, through starting an online support group. I’ve had so much to learn about suffering that college never taught. You are an amazing inspiration, and I would love to follow you on Facebook, or if you blog?

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  2. Hi…I actually blog at http://www.lindalochridge.com. On that blog I wrote my memoir and am rewriting it on there with more about what God did during times of suffering and enormous loss. There are a few other subjects thrown in once in awhile. I would love to see you over there! Thank you so much for answering me.

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  3. Your post is so beautifully and eloquently written, my dear friend. Thank you for your inspiration- I missed reading your posts and am so happy to see you writing again! I’m so glad we met through your blog. Sending a gentle hug and much love 💗

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