As we enter a new year, it’s the perfect time to do a little self-reflection.
Most people want to feel their life has purpose and meaning, but they don’t quite know how to get there. Does this sound familiar?
If so, I am here to tell you that your life does have a purpose!
I hope you allow this year to be the year you embrace your true purpose.
However, if you don’t know how to figure out your purpose, well, that’s the purpose of today’s blog.
My goal is to share some real things you can do to find your purpose and live it out in the new year.
Find Your Purpose in Christ
First things first, if you are not yet a follower of Jesus, I hope this year you will begin spending time to know God.
When you find God, you find your purpose because your purpose is found in Him.
“I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
– Psalm 57:2
The world tells us purpose is found in our careers, our relationships with others, and our possessions, but anyone who puts their hope in these soon discovers how it can fall away in an instant.
We can lose jobs. Relationships can end. Possessions break.
However, those who find their purpose in God discover something that lasts forever.
Choose a Verse for 2020
Along with New Year’s Resolutions, it’s become popular for people to choose a motto for the new year, such as “Go for it!” or “Say Yes!”
The idea is to provide focus throughout the year and refer to it as you make decisions.
I think a better (and wiser) idea might be to choose a Bible verse to focus on throughout the year.
The verse of the year should help you draw closer to God and find purpose.
Memorize the verse. Tape it to your fridge. Post it to your dashboard. Put it on your desk.
Here’s one example of a verse to inspire you in finding your purpose:
“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
– Psalm 90:12
Spend Time Reading the Bible
If you want to find your purpose in Christ, it is important to have a relationship with Him.
This means spending time with Him in prayer and through reading His Word.
The more time you spend in the Bible, the easier it will be to decipher your life’s purpose – guaranteed!
There are tons of Bible reading plans available online.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Give of Your Time and Money
Do you want to find your purpose? Start investing in someone and something other than yourself.
Jesus followers are called to give of their time and resources. We are told to serve one another and give to those in need.
Our purpose on Earth is to love others and shine a light for Christ.
But, even if you are not a Christian, by giving of yourself, you will begin to see your purpose is much bigger than you think.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
– Galatians 6:10
Be more than just a church attender.
We can all show up, listen to the sermon, leave, and not think about the church again until the next Sunday morning, but what good does that do us?
Instead, make this the year to step out of your comfort zone and get involved in church.
The discomfort you feel in the beginning will be well worth it by the end of the year.
You will have developed new relationships, learned new skills, and grown in your faith.
Strive to be like the very first Jesus followers. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42).”
Use Your Gifts and Talents
God has given us all unique gifts.
There is something you alone can do.
To find your purpose in Christ, you need to find the place where your spiritual gifts and passions align.
This sweet spot is the place God can use you for His purpose.
Once you recognize what special talent God has given you, look for an opportunity to serve using this talent.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
– 1 Peter 4:10
If you are a Christian, your purpose is to love and honor God and bring Him glory. You can do this by building relationships with others.
Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).”
Followers of Jesus love others, even the unlovable.
If you want to live with purpose in the New Year, be in community with others, and practice love.