Discover Purpose

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My family had quite the role reversal for over a decade. With my wife’s job in naval intelligence, naval operations, four years on a ship, and ultimately landing with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I made a tough decision to be a stay-at-home dad. It was a choice that I fought against for a bit, and the adjustment wasn’t easy. Part of my problem was I knew I wasted a lot of time in my twenties, and I didn’t want to continue putting my goals on the back burner.

Mark Twain said, “The two greatest days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” I found out my purpose when I turned 21, but I allowed the struggles of life to become the excuses that kept me from living my purpose. It wasn’t the other way around. Once I figured that out, God showed me that the struggles were lessons and steppingstones to turn my dreams into goals.

There are so many of us who go through life, never discovering, living, or learning that God has a purpose for every person. Lead Pastor Ben Snyder has said, God didn’t create you and say, “What am I going to do with this one?”

The following verse delivers a perfect message. Verse 16 especially resonates with me.

Psalm 139:16
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

We often only think about our purpose from a personal stance, which is a disservice. Our natural talents are wasted if we don’t pair them with our God-given abilities and spiritual gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:7
 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

Once you discover it, it’s essential to live your purpose. Don’t allow others to block you from unlocking your potential. Remember, God had a purpose for you before anyone ever had an opinion about you.

Have you discovered your purpose? Are you using your spiritual gift to help others? Are you listening to God when it comes to living your purpose?

Next Steps:
Complete GrowthTrack. Join a Dream Team or Group as another way to use your life to bring the mission to the community. Continue to pray to God about discovering, understanding, and living the purpose he has for you.

Father God, thank you for using your light to open up my eyes. Continue to be the reason why I sacrifice and suffer, and remind me when I lose sight of that reason. Thank you for believing in me when I don’t believe in myself and giving me words of wisdom when I see others who struggle with self-belief or faith in you and your promises. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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3 replies
  1. Marna Ward
    Marna Ward says:

    You captured the tensions of this so well – feeling like time has already been wasted, might be missing something, just all of it. And then what it looks like when we stand firm that God has a purpose for us – thanks for your post!

  2. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    The best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago. The second best time is today! I you haven’t discovered your purpose yet, NOW IS THE TIME!

    Great post, Jaron! Thank you!

  3. Marcella amerson
    Marcella amerson says:

    I have been wanting to join a group get to know other people I have a job I love but also tierd me out and I want to get out of my shell I have been struggling alot this year it would help me alot to get into a group I would need to move around sum things I will look into it more

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