We all have the same purpose in life, yet with a different calling. Let me explain.
When I was younger, my Dad was the preacher at this tiny little church in the hill country. We had a bible class teacher for several years who became my “second grandma.” I treasure the time that I had her as a teacher. She has a clear love for God and a passion for studying the bible. I’m most thankful, though, that she taught us over and over again the most valuable lesson of my life. We all have one purpose: To glorify God.
You were created to bring glory to God. That’s it! That’s your purpose. That’s why you were born, why you exist.
Of course, how you bring glory to God becomes the really exciting part because He made each of us very different. So, let’s spend some time talking about “your calling.” How do you know what it is?
Here’s a few ideas to help you discover it:
If you’d like, you can click here to download and print out a worksheet to use as you go through each question.
1. What did you love as a child?
Often, we think our “calling” is a magical epiphany that is going to appear and completely blow our minds. Really, it is most likely something that has been with you all along.
What did you love as a child? To sing? To spend hours creating a magical story? To adventure? To write? To draw? To run?
For me, I have always loved to organize and adventure.
When I was a kid, I lived in the hill country. My best friend and I loved to explore in the woods. In fourth grade, after reading the Wizard of Oz, we imagined the land next to my house was the Emerald Forest. We created names and complete storylines for everything. She created many of the stories, and I crafted a detailed map of our “new land.” I organized every single piece into this functional, beautiful tool that we would carry along with us. We had so much fun there.
As I look back on that experience, I can see this innate part of my personality that thrives on taking big ideas and dreams, and piecing them down into functional, useful, beautiful tools to carry along with us on the journey. That is a big part of what helped me to create this website, the Anchor study, and plans for several projects down the road.
Take a moment and think of a few experiences from your childhood that were so fun and exciting. What do you notice about yourself and what you enjoyed in that experience?
2. What are you skilled in?
What comes naturally to you? Are you creative? Are you an organizer? Do people seek out your counsel?
Take a moment to think through what areas you are skilled in.
3. What personality traits do you possess?
Are you comfortable in a big group of people? Do you easily make friends with most anyone that crosses your path? Outgoing or introverted? Enjoy talking or sitting in silence?
Take a moment to think through your unique personality traits.
4. In the last 12 months, what 3 experiences have brought you deep joy?
Write down your 3 experiences.
Many experiences or relationships that bring the most joy, the most satisfaction require a deep level of tenacity and commitment. Do you notice that to be true in this list?
What aspects do these 3 experiences have in common?
5. In the last 12 months, what 3 experiences have brought you stress?
Often, these are things in our life that we feel we should do or should want to do, but in reality they cause frustration and stress. Things that you used to enjoy may not be beneficial to your life right now.
Take a moment and write these 3 experiences down.
What do they have in common? What about it made you feel stress or frustration?
6. What are your values?
Write down 5 things that you value highly.
Examples: God, Family, Friends, Health, Spirituality, Finances, Travel, Home
One of my favorite quotes came from a Donald Miller podcast. They said, “Your values aren’t really your values if they don’t cost you something.”
Often people say their values are one thing, but spend their time, money, and energy on the complete opposite. So, take a few moments and evaluate the things you wrote down.
Is this something you really value or you simply think you should value? How can you prioritize these things so that your time, money, and energy truly reflect what you find most important? How will your values impact your calling?
7. How do they fit together?
Take a look at all these things you have written about yourself, and spend some time thinking on them.
What is it that really brings you joy? How do they work together? How can you glorify God through them? How can you include more of these things into your life?
For me, that looks like this:
- I love to organize.
- I love to take big ideas and break them down into functional steps.
- I love to adventure and try new things.
- I find joy in quiet moments spent reflecting and writing.
- I find joy in creating beautiful things.
- I find joy in sharing my experiences to help some one else.
- I find stress in disorganization.
- I find stress when I don’t prioritize time correctly.
I love God and want to know Him deeper.
- I love my family and want to be more purposeful in our time together.
- I care about my health.
After spending much time last year evaluating myself and my values, I discovered my passion, and am leaning into it more every day.
My purpose is to encourage and equip women to Love God and Live on Purpose through writing, speaking, and creating products that will be by their side every day.
What is your purpose?
What have you discovered? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you need some help, feel free to shoot me an email any time! hello@RachelBennettShop.com
I read this a few years ago, and found it so insightful! At the time, I didn’t have big plans for my blog or business. I simply wanted to figure out how God could use me in this stage of life as a stay-at-home mom with little-littles. So, whether you are staying home or working, this book can be really useful tool!