Friday, March 15, 2013

Spark of the Divine

“Before you were born, God planned this moment in your life. It is no accident that you are here right now. God longs for you to discover the life God created you to live – here on earth, and forever in eternity.”*
That is how I began a recent workshop for women on Purpose. I was fascinated to find that out of more than 50 participants, only three were willing and able to share what they believe their purpose to be.
Lately, many of my coaching conversations lead to the question of purpose. Life purpose, God’s purpose –however you choose to frame it, there are so many among us who are longing to find their meaning – their purpose - and to discover what they are on earth to do.
We are forever searching for deeper meaning. It is just the nature of us. For those who are really getting into examining their own lives and purpose, it is not a passive exercise.
The question often comes simply as, how do I know if I am living on purpose?
Good question.
Your purpose is your North Star – it is what calls you forth, and speaks to what will be your legacy when you leave the planet. It is what stirs you up when you think about it, and even more when you engage in it.
Consider these questions:
What is the hunger I am here to feed?
What pain can I ease?
What is the teaching I am called to do?
Where (or what) is the building I have the tools to build?
You have God-given gifts – finding your purpose means saying yes to being more engaged in your own life and using what you have when you are called to do what you can to uplift humanity.
Sometimes thinking about our purpose feels grandiose and immodest. But I say that when you live small, you are cheating yourself and the world of what you have to give.
You have a spark of the Divine in you. Play a bigger game - and don’t underestimate the impact that you can have on the world.
You are not here merely to make a living, you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand. –Woodrow Wilson

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*Excerpted from Acknowledgements, A Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren


  1. What a timely post for me! Just this morning I was saying that I feel like I've finally found my purpose, and that I have something very special (& God given) to share with others. You read my mind.

    A beautiful and thought-provoking post. Well done!

  2. Beautiful. I am inspired by this~