What is the meaning of life? Why are we here, and what should we be doing with our lives? These are questions that thousands of theologians and everyday people have pondered for centuries. I’m going to be completely honest with you. I don’t have the answer, but I do like the idea of exploring the question. Sometimes the answer to what you’re trying to find lies in the question.
Truth be told, when you’re asking about the meaning of life. You’re asking what’s the point? And you’re trying to figure out if there is a purpose. For me, I’ve begun to dig into that over the last decade or two, and I’ve come to a couple of ideas about it.
The Meaning Of Life:
- The Meaning of Life Is Different For Every Person.
- Your Purpose Comes From Who You’re Made To Be, And Who Made You.
- Fulfillment Of That Purpose Can Only Come From Your Choices.
When I ask the question who made you? I’m not talking about your parents. If you’re asking this question, something inside of you believes in a higher power or is starting to.
If we really came from accidents, then there is no purpose. However if we were created, there was a reason behind it.
At least that’s my thought process.
What Is The True Meaning Of Life?
In society, and especially in movies, they imply that the meaning of life is one thing, and while that might be correct. I think it’s way too simplified and gives us the wrong perception of the topic. What’s worse is they never go deeper into it. I know they only have a certain amount of time, and getting into that could derail the movie/tv show. But they’re touching on something huge here, and most people don’t have a proper understanding of it.
If you’re reading this and asking “What is the meaning of life?” I implore you to scale back and ask yourself. What is the meaning of my life? What should I be doing, and how can I accomplish it?
Another deeper question, “What Is My Purpose?”
Our cultures try to make deep statements, and then we place them on sections of people. However, when we do this, important parts of our society are lost, it’s inevitable.
The meaning of my life is different than yours. It has to be because we are completely different people. We have different life experiences, personalities, and relationships with others. These three pieces of our lives affect us, shape us, and mold us.
The meaning of your life can only be found in the purpose you were created with. What’s funny is Jesus mentions it. He says he has come that you might have life and that life to the full.
So How Do I Find That Purpose?
- Look Into Your Innate Skills And Abilities.
- What Do You Like/Dislike>
- Are There Any Causes That Grip Your Heart?
- Ask God For Your Purpose.
Look Into Your Innate Skills And Abilities.
This step is pretty simple, and when you’re searching for the meaning of life it’s a great place to start.
Take a Strength Finders test or the Meyers Briggs. While I don’t believe they are 100% scientific or should be used as life road maps.
These test are really good at giving you a baseline for your skills and abilities.
Another way to discover skills and abilities would be to ask your friends and family. Make sure you talk with people who really know you, they’ve seen you grow up, and have seen you face many different situations.
Take notes, and when you’re done interviewing see if there are any common traits. This might take some perseverance, and you’ll need to keep asking questions.
You can really starting out who you are with these few ideas.
What Do You Like/Dislike?
What are the things you like? And What drives you crazy? When I first started being an entrepreneur, I almost got into cricket farming. While I could make money doing it, I really hate bugs.
Your purpose, and the meaning of life for you, will revolve around the things you like/dislike. Keep in mind there could be a difference between things you like, and things you’re good at. For example, I’m really skilled at designing and creating excel spreadsheets, but I hate looking at them.
While that’s an extreme example, a lot of people fall into that trap. My life purpose is to help others figure out finances. However, my purpose in life does involve helping people. Peel away what you don’t like to see what you want to do.
What Causes Grip Your Heart?
Is there something that grabs you whenever you hear about it? When you come across an article about it, do you spring to action?
These are sign posts for you. They’re pointing to the meaning of life for you.
Everyone has a purpose, and everyone has a reason to be here. However we’re not told exactly what it is.
Instead we have to find the pieces that we connect with, and put together the puzzle.
Ask God For Your Purpose
I know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t believe in God, and that’s okay, however, I have to put him on here. Because he’s the only reason I’m alive today, For clarity, and diving deeper read my highest ranked article about Jesus here and my personal story called Hurricane Jerald Here.
Now back to finding the meaning of life.
When you ask God for something, all you need to do is sit down, quiet your life, and ask the question in your heart. Quiet your heart and listen to God, if you don’t know how to hear his voice, check out this article.
His answer might not come right away, and it might not be what you were expecting. If you’re having trouble hearing him. Pull out a bible and start reading it.
I’d suggest starting in the book of John. It tells the story of Jesus, who he is, and what he does.
I’ve also written another article called how to hear the voice of God. I hope it teaches you something.
How I Define The Meaning Of Life
At the time I was in third grade, and my family went on a vacation to a lake in northern Minnesota. My memory is foggy, but I remember a lot of canoeing, some turtle races, and being afraid of bears.
However, there was one experience that happened and my family will never let me live it down. I got teased about it last Christmas. During the middle of the week, I broke down crying on the front porch of our cabin, and one of my sisters approached me. She asked what was wrong and I replied that I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life.
I was in third grade, on vacation. What was I thinking?
I Was Really Worried:
I don’t remember what happened after that, I assume my mom or dad talked with me, but that moment has stayed with me for years. After third grade, I remember thinking that I had 9 years until I was on my own. I needed to figure this life thing out.
But it was hopeless, and didn’t know what I was doing.
At that age, the meaning of life had Eluded me. I didn’t have purpose, and life had not meaning.
It wasn’t until I grew up, that I finally started finding pieces. While I don’t have the puzzle completed, I can make out a fuzzy picture.
Finding Your Purpose
In the introduction, I said the meaning of life has to be different for each person. My purpose in life was realized as soon as I knew my purpose and meaning. Granted, my purpose changes depending on situations and issues, but there’s always the main focus to my life.
Remember The World Below Especially When You’re Doubting:
You Were Placed Here For A Reason And Made With The Skills And Abilities You Have. This Is All For A Certain Purpose And Goal. Which The Creator Of The Universe Has Made For You.
You Always Have Purpose, Until You Breath Your Last Breath It Can Still Be Accomplished.
Finding Your Meaning Of Life.
For me this was a hard process, I read a lot of books, articles, and listened to a lot of self-help gurus. Most of the themes didn’t help, but I’ll try and post some resources at the end of the article that did.
Like I wrote above, the best answer I found, was finding myself. Once I did that, everything else started to come together.
When you’re looking for the meaning of life, a good first question to ask yourself is.
Why Am I Here?
Remember, you aren’t your occupation, family position, or rank. These things change, but you are always the makeup of who you are.
So Who Do You Believe You Are? Deep Inside Your Heart.
This is an ambiguous question, but it’s where you need to start. The answer won’t be answered in a simple sentence, it’ll be an emotion, a feeling, or something that draws you. You’ll say, this is the person I was made to be, and who I need to focus on becoming.
That is your purpose, and the meaning of your life.
Stay Focused, And Learn To Believe In Yourself.
Once you get a glimpse of who you are, look at the things you believe in your life. Try to find what people have told you, and things they’ve said. For example, I’m a born leader, that’s who I am, and one of my purposes in life. I develop influence with people naturally and help guide them on their path.
Don’t believe me? Why are you reading this article.
When I was in ministry school, I once had a pastor say he only saw me in a support role. He didn’t think I could lead and didn’t want me in a particular position I was hoping to get.
This angered me because it was what I dreamed of doing, and it was well-wishing my skill set. Shortly afterward I left and didn’t look back.
Sometimes you gotta leave where you’re comfortable, so you can strive for greatness.
I knew my skills and abilities, I wasn’t going to follow a blind man. He either didn’t take the time to learn my skills and abilities, or he didn’t care enough to learn. Either way, I wouldn’t put my faith in him.
When You Find The Meaning Of Your Life, Nothing Else Matters
People start believing lies about themselves at an early age. the lies they believe form a foundation of values and self-worth.
These beliefs are what drives people to do the things they do.
Most of the time these lies are the ones you’ve believed your entire life. Since they are contrary to who you are, they’ve slowed you from growing. They are abhorrent to your very being, and you have to fill yourself with the truth.
If you’re a Christian, you know what kind of truth you should fill yourself with. Get into the Bible, and begin to pray more. Ask God to show you the path he created for you. Believe that Jesus is walking beside you, and begin to fight.
This can still be accomplished without becoming a Christian, but I’ll warn you it’s a lot harder because you won’t have the source. Also, you’ll be going it alone, and I never recommend that.
I also worry that you’ll never achieve the full meaning of life without Jesus in it. He created you, and he made you into the person you are. How can you have the full purpose without him involved?
Finding The Meaning Of Life
My purpose is people, and my drive is to help them navigate this craziness we call life. Remember the purpose is what drives you, the meaning of life is what you’re doing.
But it isn’t exact or one thing. It’s a meaning, a fulfillment of who you were created to be. After all, that’s where you’ll find the best fit.
These are milestones in your journey, and they help you find your path. You’ll know you’re going in the right direction when you see them. However, don’t expect to understand them when you see them.
Milestones are often noticed when looking back, much like foreshadowing. Sometimes you don’t know what story was being weaved, until its ending.
Spend some time helping others, and to recap this blog post, see below:
- Dig Into Your Heart. Find The Answer To The Question Who Are You?
- Make Jesus the Center of your life/heart. It helps when the creator of the universe is walking with you.
- Once again look to your heart, and destroy the lies with truth.
- when you know who you are and believe it, run towards that truth, and become the person your heart says you are.
I’m going to dig deeper into this subject over the next few weeks, I just wrote in generalized terms here. I hope you enjoyed it though.
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