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BUSINESS MINISTRY Your Purpose Is Not Your Job
Liz Henderson is a freelance radio and television producer/talent and writer. She’s been featured on HGTV, DIY Network, MSNBC and more. Follow her on twitter @hendersonliz or connect with her at lizhendy.com
Margaret Meade once said that “a small group of thoughtful people can change the world.” Last Monday night, I invited a group of women into my home to talk about how to discover your purpose and passion in this life. The room was filled with accountants, doctors, bloggers, teachers, moms, trainers and more. These women truly could change the world. But at the end of the day, no matter our profession, we all long for more in this life. We all want to know deep in our hearts what our true purpose is and what that looks like lived out. But what if you were told that your life purpose is not your profession or role at home? What if the job that you spent years of college learning about and countless hours training for was not the total sum of your purpose? My purpose in this life is not to be a radio producer, a writer, a wife or a mom. For many of us, this kind of statement shakes us to the core. But for others, it’s extremely liberating knowing that there is more to this life than our 9-5 job or our role at home. Our life purpose goes far beyond that. Margaret Meade once said that “a small group of thoughtful people can change the world.” Last Monday night, I invited a group of women into my home to talk about how to discover your purpose and passion in this life. The room was filled with accountants, doctors, bloggers, teachers, moms, trainers and more. These women truly could change the world. But at the end of the day, no matter our profession, we all long for more in this life. We all want to know deep in our hearts what our true purpose is and what that looks like lived out. But what if you were told that your life purpose is not your profession or role at home? What if the job that you spent years of college learning about and countless hours training for was not the total sum of your purpose? My purpose in this life is not to be a radio producer, a writer, a wife or a mom. For many of us, this kind of statement shakes us to the core. But for others, it’s extremely liberating knowing that there is more to this life than our 9-5 job or our role at home. Our life purpose goes far beyond that. For example, Sara shared with us that she believes she was “created to create.” She enjoys painting, decorating and making things with her hands. Sara lives out this purpose statement as a blogger who shares her DIY decorating tips and also as a stay-at- home mom in making her place warm and welcoming for all who enter her front door. I’m beginning to realize that we make this whole idea of finding our purpose in life much harder than it really should be. We spend hours upon hours looking for the perfect job to never feel truly fulfilled. In reality, it’s quite basic if we think about. As Rick Warren said, “we must begin with God.” At the end of the day, our main purpose in this life is to glorify God. Our purpose statement is all about tapping into the unique gifts God has given us, finding a way to live those out here on earth and, in the process, bring glory to Him. So, what is my own personal purpose statement? I’m still trying to figure that out. What I do know though is that it involves my home and people in some way. There’s something sweetly fulfilling about welcoming others in and talking about just who God created each of us to be. It’s good for the heart.