I remember being in youth group and learning about being made unique for something important and special for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom. I read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren in the 8th grade and had all 7 of the reminders on a keychain I kept in my book bag. The topic of purpose always invigorated me so much that I pleaded with my boy classmates to stop doing drugs because it would inhibit their purpose in life. I’m not sure that approach was entirely effective though.
I’m passionate about purpose because in a world full of distractions and detours, I don’t think we can be reminded enough about who we are and why we are here. It is biblical truth that even though you may not have grown up in a loving home, you are wanted and accepted by a loving God.
If there is one thing we are going to get straight right away, it is that you are not an accident, you are not a loser, you are not a lost cause, you are not a mistake and you are not bad. If you have been going through life with a victim mindset, recounting all the evidence that says otherwise, you have the power to made a new decision now. The success and happiness of your life gravely depends on your attitude.
Here are some royal power thoughts to get yourself centered and in a good headspace:
1. I am open and receptive.
2. I release all judgement about myself and my circumstances.
3. I am perfectly able to learn, receive truth and grow in my true, royal identity.
Now, let’s get down to the exciting, powerful story between you and Your Maker.
The idea of you was dreamed up and crafted by the perfect hand of God. The scripture says, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you...” Jeremiah 1:5 This is saying that before your parents even met, God had dreamed you up! He thought of you, had an idea of you, contemplated you and then after deciding you were a good idea, proceeded to form you flawlessly in your mother’s womb.
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that too well.” Psalm 139:13-14.
Your God dreamed up the idea of you and then wonderfully created your heart, mind, soul and flawlessly knit your face, hair, skin and body together for his glory. God’s works are to be praised because He makes all things good and beautiful.
After you were born, He said, “You are altogether beautiful my darling, I see no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7.
If you were ever wondering if God has left you or has forgotten about you or doesn’t care about you, take note. The King of the Universe was with you even before your conception and designed every single stitch of you with purpose and intention.
Before you embark on a list of things to do and goals to accomplish in order to fulfill your purpose, it is absolutely imperative that you know who you are and whose you are.
As Joyce Meyer reminds us, we are human-beings, not human-doings. The bible says that God created your innermost being. That tells us that:
1. You are divinely made in Heaven
2. You belong to God, you are His daughter
3. You have a royal identity.
It is imperative to get the formula right. Many of us adopt the thought that the things we do define the person we are. That way of living is so exhausting. If the formula for happiness is performance + approval = happiness, we are only as good as our last accomplishment. We will never be content and at peace because there will always be someone who can outdo us. With this system, our motives more easily become infected and impure, we make ourselves idols and get in the business of competition and comparison.
But kingdom economics is the other way around. Our doing flows from our being, our being isn’t defined by our doing. God knew what he was doing when he created it this way.
Because you are a royal child of God, imprinted with His DNA and infused with a unique calling on your life that only you can carry out like you, you get to have total peace and confidence that your life and gifts are needed by others.
As long as you have a heartbeat, your purpose in the world is not complete.
There is no finish line in this life. No accomplishment, accolade, title or crown that will complete your purpose. Purpose is a daily function. It is in how we treat others, how we make other people feel and never allowing people or adversity to steal our wonder and gratitude.
We all have the power to make choices and then let thoughts flood in to support that choice. Which will you choose?