4 Things To Help You Find Your Purpose

by Kevin on January 3, 2012

I have people come up to me all the time and ask how to discover the purpose that God has for them. These people are eager to serve God, but they also want to be sure they don’t jump ahead or fall behind God.

I don’t know what God has in store for each of you, but I do know that he has great plans for each of you. Here are four tips for discovering your purpose.

  1. God’s plan will use the gifts and talents he’s given you.
    Back in school, I’d have some friends of mine come up and ask me to explain things to them. They always thought that I was so smart, but I’d tell them that I was no smarter than anyone else. I just had a knack for putting complicated things in simple cowboy terms that I could understand.
    I never thought that God would use that and let me help people understand his Word. Our gifts that God gives us come so naturally to us that we often dismiss them as inconsequential, but they are the most powerful things you have. They’re gifts from God. Don’t dismiss them.
  2. God will use the desires of your heart for his plan.
    I tried doing other things, but being a cowboy is all I ever really wanted to do. Time after time, I’d try other things, but I’d always head back out to the ranch.
    I quit school to be a cowboy. I worked for a prison and found my way out to the horses…and rode the buckin’ horses for them.
    Don’t think that God is somehow going to change everything you like and make you into the person that you think you want to be. He’s going to work with the things that are already there and improve upon them for his glory.
  3. God’s plan for your life must reflect his glory, not yours.
    Come on, we all dream of big ranches and fancy pick-ups. We dream of front row seats at the NFR and CMT awards. We can’t wait to invite our friends Baxter Black and Robert Duvall out to the ranch for a weekend of workin’ cattle.
    If that is what you think your purpose is, you might be searchin’ for a long time. God’s purpose for your life isn’t about getting what we think we want, but about giving God what he wants. When your sole purpose in life is to please God, no matter what form it takes, you will be close to discovering the plans he has for you.
  4. God’s plan cannot be seen by the spiritually immature.
    When we ride towards the plan that God has for us, it must first start with the right direction. No matter how hard I try, if I’m in Colorado, I cannot get to California by ridin’ north or south.
    If you want to find your purpose, it can only be found by going in the direction that God wants you to go. That direction is best described in the statement, “Be doers of the Word.”
    The Word of God can be found in the Bible, through church services, through Bible studies, through prayer, and even hanging out with spiritually mature individuals. But we can’t just read, listen, and memorize. We must DO what the Lord says we should do.

The last thing is, don’t worry so much about the destination (God’s purpose for you) and just enjoy the journey. Without the journey, you’ll never reach the destination.

My purpose is spreading the gospel through cowboy stories and experiences. I had to live those stories and experiences in order for me to be able to tell them.

God’s plan for you starts the exact same way it did for some cowboys named Peter, James, John, Andrew, Matthew, etc…

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20

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Has God revealed your purpose to you yet?

What advice would you give?

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  • I loved this post! Perfect with the New Year and perfect as a lot of times I am still searching for my purpose! Thanks!

  • Don Coyote

    He has indeed.
    As fer advice, it’s in that verse up above, there. The part that says “At once they left their nets and followed him.”
    See, there ain’t no procrastinatin’ with the Lord. ‘Cause if you do, there might just come a time that He’ll quit a-callin’ ya to a “higher purpose” and leave ya ta muckin’ out stalls. Nothin’ wrong with that, if that’s what yer called to do. But only so many folks can fit in a stall at one time.
    I guess what I’m sayin’ here is that once yer sure of yer call, DO IT. Don’t keep puttin’ it off.

    • Kevin

      Preach it cowboy!!!

  • Paul Weatherby

    “The opposite of what you want to accomplish is what makes you what you want to be.”

    (Quote used from one of the best cowboys around – without his permission)

    God Bless and keep your mind in the middle.

    Dad

    • Kevin

      Thanks Dad!!

  • Great post! Thanks for the Good Word this New Year. Happy New Year!

    • Kevin

      Wow. Thanks for takin’ the time to stop by John!!

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