I asked Siri on my iPhone, “What is life purpose?”, and she replied, “I don’t know. But I think there’s an app for that.”
Then I asked her, “What is your purpose?”, and she replied, “I’m here to help. Just ask ‘what can I say?’ and I’ll show you what I can do.”
So Siri knew what she was made for because it is how she was designed and she does it naturally—being here to help others find answers when they ask questions. But she wasn’t aware that her simple interaction with me in that moment was not just the purpose of her role in our transaction, but also was the biggest clue to the question she couldn’t answer: ’what is life purpose?’.
This made me think…how many of us ask ourselves ‘what is life purpose?’ for me—yet aren’t aware that how we show up in the world right now, even in the simplest moments, is already giving us clues to our unique design and finding God’s purpose to answer the question ‘what is my life purpose’.
3 Tips to Find God’s Purpose for You
Take intentional steps to learn more about how God designed you. Some people may have an innate sense of what they were made for. Others may need to do more discovery work. Everyone has purpose, but we all may have different paths and timing to finding God’s purpose as He works in the background to prepare us and the people and circumstances needed.
And Siri is right: there’s an APP for that! And it’s so simple that you can download it right here, right now, for free to help with how to find God’s purpose for your life:
A – Always be on the lookout for what comes naturally and ignites your joy and passion
P – Pray for God to reveal your purpose and to help you prepare to step into it in His time
P – Put into practice your unique gifts, strengths, abilities, talents and passions to explore
What if You’re Stuck in Finding Yourself to Find God’s Purpose
You may draw a blank when you think of what activities light you up if you have been unable to spend time doing activities or hobbies in your area of interest over the years. It’s ok to begin to explore by going back to what you did before you had family responsibilities or a busy job, and to step out and try new things for recreation, volunteer work, special interest groups, hobbies, etc… You can even get inspiration from small things such as what type of articles, posts and books keep you reading.
We all have different gifts and things we will be drawn to and it is ok if it takes time to uncover them. If you feel pressure, make a choice to intentionally relax and enjoy the exploration process of finding God’s purpose for your life. God’s vision for your life may not yet be clear, but it is extraordinary!
God’s main desire for your forward movement is more related to who you become rather than than what you do. Think of the process as a journey with the Lord to get to know yourself and Him better and to partner to find some meaningful activities out in the world together.
And Siri’s response also brings to light a parallel, but incomparable truth. God is here to help. And when you ask God ‘what can I say?’ and ‘what is my purpose in life?’, He will show you what He can do…and what you can do through Him!
Christian Life Purpose Coaching Call to Action:
- What activities and experiences always ignite your excitement, joy and passion? What did you enjoy doing most as a child that you no longer engage in? If money were no object, what would you spend your time doing?
- What issues in the world burden your heart? How do you usually find yourself serving others? What type of people do you usually help?
- Research and select a few activities where you can put into practice some things from your answers to the coaching questions above for clues to finding your purpose.
- Commit! Put on your calendar a time to step out and explore!
- Pray for God to reveal clues about your purpose as you participate. Even if this is so not it, you are still gathering clues! No can be just as important as yes.