1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal
3. determination; resoluteness
4. the subject in hand; the point at issue
5. practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.
What’s your purpose? That’s been a driving question throughout this course. What is it that you want out of life? When we began this course of study, I thought my purpose was to increase my income, improve my lifestyle, lose weight, have more. Now, as we near the end, I realize that I was misguided, that I didn’t understand myself and what I need to do. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” So, all of the things written in my original Definite Major Purpose were erroneous.
Recently, I was told that I’m a powerful woman. I think I’ve always known that, but I’ve subjugated my power under apologies, under humility, under a facade because of the fear that it would offend. No more. My power is a gift from God, and I do Him no honor when I do not express or use that power. Now I’ve been working to discover the direction I need to take, the things that I need to do to put this power to good use, to help myself and others to find the kingdom of God.
Jesus also told us that the kingdom of God is within us.So, if we’re to first seek the kingdom of God, AND it’s within us, what are we seeking? Perhaps we’re to seek knowledge of ourselves. In finding out who we are as His children, we find our purpose. Fire up the purpose with emotion, with passion, and you make things happen!! Emotion fuels us, drives us to fulfill our mission, our purpose.
What is my purpose? I’m back at the beginning with this, trying to figure it out. The answer is in my youth – what did I dream of when I was young, before I’d accepted so many lies about myself? I used to dream of changing the world! What exactly, then, is the power that is mine? How will I figure this out? Through study, through prayer, through silence. I recommit myself to this journey of exploration and learning in order to find fulfillment.