Well, here we are at the end of a six part series. In case you missed the others, you can start from beginning by clicking here.
Throughout this series, I have attempted to help people get a better understanding of the purpose/plan for their lives. I believe there are clues to help us discover these things and if we pay close attention to them, we can get a better understanding of what we are supposed to do with our lives. I also believe that God created each and every one of us to do something while we are on this planet (our purpose) and I believe He is the one who gives us these clues.
When these clues are taken into consideration as a whole, the picture becomes clearer. So far we have looked at the following clues: spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, and personality. In this post, we are going to be looking at experiences.
Philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author, Soren Kierkegaard said, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. He makes a good point, so many times in life we cannot understand why we went through something until that time has passed.
When you are trying to understand your purpose in life, you must take in consideration all that God has allowed you to experience. The pain and suffering associated with difficult times. The happiness that comes with good times. All of these experiences help shape and mold us as we move forward.
Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. God enables us to experience things in our life because He knows that in the end, it will help advance His purpose for us.
Our experiences provide us a chance to connect with others when they are going through similar times. My parents got a divorce when I was in college. Because of that experience, I am better able to understand the challenges of coming from a broken home. This gives me a greater voice when it comes to speaking into the lives of people whose parents have split up.
So next time when you are asking yourself, “What I am here for?” Follow it with the question, “What life experiences have shaped my life?” Then, I would encourage you to look for opportunities to assist those who are encountering similar situations. Who knows, God may be just waiting for you to extend your hand to someone else before things become more clear for you.
If you want assistance with discovering your purpose, I can coach you through it. You can contact me here.