What if you knew you could achieve your life purpose? What if you could do it today?
Last Wednesday was my birthday, and it sure seems like those days are coming faster and faster in recent years. On that fateful day, my wife asked me if I had been thinking much about getting older. I considered the question, wanting to give an honest (at least mostly) answer, because it had been on my mind. I told her I felt blessed that I didn’t worry much about the past mistakes I had made, and I had God’s grace to thank for that. I also was glad I wasn’t consumed with daunting aspirations of future accomplishments I needed to feel worthwhile. But I did confess a concern that had been nagging at me for some time:
Am I devoting time each day to the things that matter the most?
But what matters the most? Because to live with purpose, we have to know our purpose. That’s where having a life plan comes in, to encourage us to address questions such as:
- What do I want my life to be like?
- How do I want to be as a person?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Where does God want me to be?
“Begin with the end in mind.” (Stephen R. Covey)
Working on a life plan can help us identify our purpose. Then, we can define short-term steps to move in that direction. For example, say that we decide that our primary purpose is to honor God and serve other people. Then, we can use the STEPS as a tool to help lay out daily actions to move toward that vision, for example:
Surrender: On a decision today, pause to ask God for guidance.
Transformation: Identify mistakes we can improve upon.
Empathy: Take time to listen closely to another person.
Progress: Set aside fifteen minutes to pray and meditate.
Service: Do at least one thing to serve someone else.
“A journey of a thousands miles begins with a single step.” (Lao Tzu)
Life is a journey we take a step at a time. Once we know where we are going, we can move in that direction with small actions we build into our schedule. We aren’t asked to transform our life or save the world in one day, but we can make progress.
We can achieve our life purpose, at least for today, one small step at a time.
What steps can you take today to move toward your life purpose?
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