This can be a hard question for some of us to answer! And it's probably one we will ask throughout our lives, not just when we're young or going through transitions. Discovering your purpose and passion can be an exciting journey that is both healing and inspiring.
Try answering this question by:
- developing a personal mission statement
- knowing and living by your values
- having a prayer team to meet with
- seeking where to serve in church
- volunteering in the community
- charting the course of a career
- reading inspiring biographies
- engaging in a formal ministry
- planning a personal project
- interviewing other people
- creating a life map or plan
- trying a new hobby
- making decisions
- taking a class
- setting goals
♥ Seek the Lord's Guidance
Most importantly, pray. God know's you best and He has a plan for your life! Ask Him to show you what your gifts are, where He is working, and how you can join Him. Ask Him to bring people and opportunities your way. And then, keep your eyes and heart open!
♥ Get Up and Get Going
If you have a basic idea of what you would like to do, find people who are doing what you're interested in, and who could mentor you, give you advice, answer questions, or connect you with people and organizations. Or, get started on your quest by asking friends and family to tell you what your strengths and weaknesses are, or where they see you "fitting in" and using your talents.
If you would like to become active in your church but don't know exactly where to start, talk with your pastor or elder, or a woman in leadership who knows you well. They can probably match you and your interests to an area of need. If you are interested in ministry or missions, many organizations offer counsel and even placement testing to determine your best fit. But you can also get ideas from a program like the Finishers Project for folks wanting to spend the latter half of their life serving the Lord.
Most importantly, pray about it. God know's you best and He has a plan for your life! Ask Him to show you what your gifts are, where He is working, and how you can join Him. Ask Him to bring people and opportunities your way. And then, keep your eyes and heart open! Here are some resources that can help making a decision easier:
♥ Counseling and Coaching
Tests and Assessments
DiSC: Certified Human Behavior Consultants like Coach RJ can help you to understand and make the most of your temperament, leadership and communication styles
IDAK Group: No One Does Talent Assessment Like IDAK
The Highlands Company: Discover Your Natural Abilities Spiritual Gifts Tests: Online and paper tests can list different gifts and summarize what they are. But it's better to jump in, get busy, and use experience and other people's input to determine your own gifts. Here is an example of a quick test, there are so many online.
So many books, so little time, right? Here are just a few of our favorites. If you have one to recommend, please contact us!
LifeKeys: Discovering Who You Are, Why You're Here, What You Do Best by Jane Kise, David Stark, and Sandra Krebs Hirsh
What's Your Type of Career by Donna Dunning
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
LiveYourCalling.com: Find and Fulfill Your Mission in Life. Book, free newsletter, and other resources.
Finishers.org: The Finishers Project: Helping adult Christians discover short-term, part-time, or second-career ministry opportunities
ChristianCareerCenter.com: Christian jobs, employment, job search help and career testing/counseling, free newsletter with tips and tools
Definition of Calling: Os Guinness in his book The Call writes, "Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction lived out as a respond to his summons and service." Theologian Frederick Buechner has written that vocation is where our greatest joy meets the world's greatest need.
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