One day a man visited his doctor because he was in excruciating pain. The doctor asked him, “Where does it hurt?” The man answered, “All over.” The doctor told the man to touch his shoulder. The man touched his shoulder and cried out in pain. Next, the doctor told the man to touch his forehead. The man touched his forehead and cried out in pain again. The doctor told the man to touch his knee. The man touched his knee and winced in pain. He said, “Doctor, everywhere I touch, I’m in pain.”
The doctor thoroughly examined the man and concluded, “No wonder you are in pain everywhere you touch – you have a dislocated finger!”
We may laugh at the ridiculousness of this man’s situation, but many of us are doing the same thing, just in a different way. Many of us feel like everything in our lives is wrong, yet in fact just one thing in our lives is wrong. However, this one thing affects everything. This one thing is that many of us are living a life without purpose. We are simply going through the motions – existing day by day, weighed down by the emptiness of a life without meaning.
Purpose is not measured by what you have done compared to what someone else has done, but by what you have done compared to what you are supposed to do. The only way to know your purpose is to experience and walk closely with the One who has created and destined you for it. If you are a Christian, you do not need to be running around trying to discover your purpose. Rather, it is in experiencing God that your purpose will be made known. Experience God, and you will experience your purpose.
One of the greatest benefits that arises out of a close relationship with our heavenly Father is in His ability to guide, direct and prepare us for the purpose He has for our lives. When you truly embrace the principle found in the book of Psalm, “Be still, and know that I am God,” you will experience the abundant joy that Christ has promised you. Because you will no longer be spending your energy trying to see if this plan will work, or if this relationship will work, or if this job will work, or if this path will work because when you know that God is God – and you seek to get close to Him – He will show you your path, your job, your mate, your relationships, meaning and purpose.
If you want to experience God’s purpose for your life, experience God. Don’t go looking for His will, look for Him. It is in the close, abiding intimacy with the Father that you will not only discover, but you will also live out the destiny He has purposed for you.