5 Steps to Finding Your Purpose


Scores of people know what they do but they don’t know why they do what they do. Many have found success but not significance. And when we stop long enough and look deep within our soul the feeling that comes over us is purposelessness.

Purpose is your reason for being, your answer to the question, “Why do I get up in the morning?” It provides direction, like west. It helps you choose where to go along the route. It, also, provides drive. Everyone is driven by something—their past, their parents, their peers, their partner. But the life that matters is driven by purpose.

You can find your purpose by doing the following:

  1. Conduct a spiritual audit by assessing your present.

Before an architect begins a blueprint, he inspects the property site, assessing environmental factors that could either enhance or restrict his final design. Before a coach begins the rebuilding of a losing team into a championship team he assesses the talent of his players to determine if they are being utilized in the right positions.

You don’t always get in life what you expect unless you inspect. To assess your present you need to ask, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”

2. Determine your purpose.

Rick Warren stated in The Purpose Driven Life, “It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”

Every man and woman, therefore, should seek to determine the purpose of living a life that glorifies and honors God.

3. Focus on a single-minded pursuit.

In the chapel of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, in Asheville, NC, is a small museum dedicated to the life and ministry of Billy Graham. A framed copy of the articles of incorporation of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association sealed on September 17, 1950, in St. Paul, Minn., established the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Its statement of purpose reads: “To spread and propagate the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by any and all . . . means.” That has been Billy Graham’s one thing. He has focused his life in a single-minded pursuit.

The key to a purposeful living is discovering your “one thing,” and, then, pursuing it with single-minded devotion. Too many of us are too involved in “many things” when the secret of purpose is to concentrate on “one thing.”

4. Let go of the past.

We all have a past. We can’t change the past, but we can change the meaning of the past. We must not allow any past experience to hinder our efforts in the future.

Pumbaa in The Lion King was right: “You got to put your past behind you.”

Ask yourself, “What from my past is preventing me from reaching my purpose?” If it is a sin ask God to forgive you. He not only forgives, he forgets. If it is a mistake, learn from it then proceed on. God is a God of grace. Open the gift and move on in spite of your past.

5.Pay the price.

For every worthwhile prize in life there’s a price. For every cause there is a cost. Great purposes require great sacrifice.

The cause is worth the cost. The prize is worth the price.


About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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