Discovering Your Higher Purpose


I’m not sure where I heard it, but the following statements make enormous sense: Purpose leads to passion; passion leads to energy; energy leads to actions; action leads to opportunities; opportunities lead to success; success leads to significance; significance leads to happiness.

When considering each step in that litany of statements, the progression is true. It begins with understanding your purpose and the final outcome is happiness. Understanding these statements and following through with them will inspire us to make a difference in the world. Living them out each day is enormously satisfying. They will drive us, focus us, and consume us.

It begins with purpose. What’s yours?

Here are three steps to discovering a higher purpose.

Serve a higher good.
No greater purpose in life exists than to serve something that is beyond us. In fact, your life’s purpose to be truly meaningful must always have another-component, something larger than we are. We were created not to eat, breathe, then die. Or, to go to school, go to work, then go to a retirement home. We were created to serve a higher good.

Discover your talents, gifts, and personality to excel in what you were created to do.
Passion, energy, actions, opportunities, and success often follows you when you give yourself to the purpose for which you were created. Have you ever seen an Olympic gold medal winning gymnast also win the gold medal in the shot put; or the mechanic at the auto shop who also moonlights as an oral surgeon? It doesn’t happen. Everyone has a race he or she is created to run. Some run the 220; others excel in the marathon, while others do better in the sprints. Find your sweet spot that intertwines with your talents, gifts, and personality.

Get going.
Consider this simple formula: Dream Big, Start Small, Get Going. At some point, we have to take action. One day a man hit a golf ball in the rough and several ants went scrambling. When the hacker attempted to hit the ball, he swung several times missing the ball. One of the ants, said to the other: “If we don’t get on the ball, we’re going to die.” If you and I don’t get on the ball we, too, will not find our higher purpose. Actions move us in the right direction.

When we discover our higher purpose, we will experience intense satisfaction and pleasure—the best of all feelings.

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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