Find Your Hidden Purpose
Who do you want to be one day? What do you want to do in life? What is your dream job? These are all questions that many of us have been asked since high school, and maybe even until now. But did you know that you do not need to come up with your own dream job nor choose someone else’s dream? Did you know that you were actually made with a unique hidden purpose?
I lived my whole school life trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. My elders wanted me to be a doctor, my parents wanted me to be a lawyer, and the list just went on. I went through college and took career test exams that were suppose to detect which careers would match me best.
All these efforts were done to find that perfect dream job, my purpose for life. At the end, I decided to choose business marketing only because it seemed like a safe major that couldn’t go wrong. But even after choosing my major, I still didn’t really know what my passion or calling was. My friends and family still would ask me “What do you want to do in life?”
I really didn’t know.
My answer would be that I wanted to own my own marketing company or maybe that I wanted to be a business consultant for Deloitte. Regardless, my answers would continuously change based on the current job availabilities out there. I thought my options were limited to the options I see in this world, or the job titles that were out there.
But it wasn’t until about a year ago when I finally found my hidden purpose in life. In fact, not just any purpose, but a unique purpose with no existing job title. I found a purpose that I didn’t have to make up about because I was created for it.
You were created for a purpose that only you can fulfill, a purpose that God made you for. Before I made you in your mother’s wound, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work. (Jeremiah 1:5 ESV)
You weren’t created to customize your own purpose; you were already made with a purpose that you are supposed to find.
God has a special work that can only be completed by you. Don’t neglect the dreams that God has placed in your heart, and if you have not found it yet, do not give up because you DO have one!
So how do you find your special purpose? From first finding your unique gift from God.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (1 Peter 4:10 ESV)
You have been given a special gift from the Holy Spirit to help minister to others and fulfill your assigned purpose from God. But before you fulfill your God-given potential, you must first know what that is. You can’t have dreams and aspirations without first knowing what you’re passionate about and what you’re gifted in.
For example, My God-given dreams is to be a writer, speaker, and author of Christian books that will inspire others in growing their love and faith in a real God. Back in college, I never had any dreams that were inspired by God, or knew what my purpose in life was because I never found my passion in God, and I didn’t know what my gift from God was, which I later found was in writing.
But after trying different things, I finally found my gift and hidden purpose from God. We will never know what we are good at or what we love until we try it out. If you’re a good cook, you probably didn’t know it until you tried cooking. None of us were born knowing we are good at or what our talents are. But just because we don’t know what they are doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a unique plan for us.
It’s your job to find it. Try different ministries, serve others, get involved in your community, and see where God will take you. If you seek His will for your life, He will show you the plans He has for you. “For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV) Your great purpose doesn’t come from you, it comes from God.
There is no way God can satisfy us apart from Himself. So, we will never live satisfied lives if we try to anything that what God created us to be. He has called you to Himself and He has set you apart for a special purpose—you just have to find it.
Remember, find your hidden purpose.
By Gaby Triyono