How do you know what you’re supposed to do? How do you find your purpose? How do you figure out what you were put on this planet to do?
Of course there are personality tests, career counselors, spiritual gifts inventories, and more. And they can sometimes be helpful. But there is one question that may get you closer to the answer than just about anything else.
What breaks your heart? Whose pain do you feel? What has your life experience sensitized you to that you just can’t get out of your soul?
When you recognize whose pain you feel, you likely know what problems you are created to help and whose brokenness you are uniquely able to help heal.
If you know the pain of addiction and sense the heartbreak of those struggling to break free, you know the kind of people you can speak to. If the children dying from disease because of the lack of clean water in certain countries keeps you awake, you know the kind of charity and mission to get involved with. If battered women, young adults who don’t know how to read, homeless families, or those struggling with depression get under your skin, you know who God wants you to help.
I know two women with mental illness who now work with a state-wide organization developing programs to help others with mental illness. I know an ex-convict now encouraging “at risk” youth through sports programs. I know a man who has lost part of his foot to diabetes who now passionately speaks to others about keeping their disease under control.
God has put you here for a reason. Do you know what that is? Whose pain do you feel? What breaks your heart?
Now, what are you going to do about it?
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