This past Sunday at the Vineyard, we kicked off a new message series called Influence::How I’m Wired to Make a Difference in the World. One of the next steps we encouraged people to take at the end of the message was to spend some time wrestling with the question, “What is my purpose in life?”
Obviously, that is a pretty big question, so I thought it might be helpful to start with a few smaller questions that perhaps will help move you in that direction.
In the E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber encourages his readers to ask the following questions:
• What do I value most?
• What kind of life do I want?
• What do I want my life to look like? Feel like?
Or think about it from a different point of view. It is the end of your life. Your closest friends and family members have gathered together, to mourn your passing, but also to celebrate your life…What do you want them to say? What stories do you hope they tell? What are the major themes that everyone hits on? Are you hoping for something more than, “he was a nice guy,” or “she was a fun person.” If so, then start with that end in mind & think about what things you’d need to do to get there.
And if that seems a bit too big to start with, think about where you’d like to be in 5 years.
And one last piece of advice…don’t get frustrated if you can’t nail it down right away…often the process is just as important as the destination.