What is Your Pupose in Life?

by Shelley Noonan

“[M]ake your purpose worthy.”— M. Hale, Beautiful Girlhood

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
— Matthew 6:33, Amplified
So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31, Amplified

I’m sure many of us have been asked the question: “So, what do you want to do with your life?”  And many a teen graduating from high school and sometimes a college graduate still struggles with the answer to this question.  They struggle to figure out why they were put on this earth, what they were meant to “be.”

In many ways, the answer to this question is so simple.We were created to be God’s image.What is the purpose of an image?

Noah Webster tell us an image is a “representation or similitude of any person or thing, formed of a material substance.” So when you look at an image, you know what the person or thing it represents looks like. The Westminster Shorter Catechism addresses our purpose right from the start, as this is the foundation for all that follows.

“What is the chief end of man?”

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God…” 

In his study on the Catechism, C.I. Williams explains:

To “glorify God”…means to reflect God’s glory…The beautiful world that God has created is something like a mirror.  If you look into that “mirror” you can see the glory of God.

The purpose of the image in the mirror is to show what the original looks like.  This is our purpose.  To show to the world what the Original looks like. Now I realize you’re possibly thinking, “Well, that’s not helping me figure out what I should ‘do with my life.'”But I think it does.  You were not just an accident, a product of random chance processes.  Instead, as we are told in Psalm 139:

You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body,
and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.
Nothing about me is hidden from you!
I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below,
but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed.
Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.

Our creative, Creator God put in you some very special gifts and talents and abilities so that you could use them to reflect those same characteristics in The Original.  Your purpose is to use those gifts and talents and abilities so that others see His image.

  • Do you have a gift for organization?  God is a God of order.  You can reflect His Image whether you create order in the home or whether you organize an office.
  • Do you have a particular artistic talent?  God is truly an Artist.  You can reflect His Image by painting or beautifying a home or playing or writing beautiful music.
  • Do you have an especially compassionate and merciful heart?  God is rich in mercy and full of compassion.  You can reflect His Image in the fields of nursing or caregiving or as you gather your own children under your wings.

Before we go, I want to stress something.  Did you notice some of the words our author uses in this chapter regarding purpose?

“risen above”
“sought out”
“live for”
“work for”
“prevail”
“power”
“strive”
“give up…life”
“set to it with all your might and fight til the victory comes”

Fulfilling our purpose takes work, hard work.  But if we are truly convinced of the worthiness of the purpose, then the work is a joy.
Girls, becoming godly women takes work.  It doesn’t just happen as we are going about our life.
Moms, training our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord takes work.  I can’t stress this enough.  We cannot just dabble at this, be haphazard, leave it to youth workers or Sunday school teachers, or think about it only on Sundays.  We must “set to it with all [our] might and fight til the victory comes.”  Yes, there are times the fight will be fierce.  But the Cause — the Kingdom — the eternal souls of our children are worth it.

Barb is first and foremost a Daughter of the King.
“Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are.”
She gives all glory and praise to God for what HE has done in her life and in the life of her family.
She has been married to her Mr. Steady and chef for twenty-one years. They home disciple and educate their four children — three boys ranging in age from 17 to 5, and one daughter Katie (10) who blogs with Barb on their new site, “Training our Daughters,” which just launched this September.  They are excited about embarking on this keepers-at-home journey with other moms and daughters.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com December 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I am encouraged: the hard work takes place, really, at any age! But once we have done it (whatever it is we are given to do) out of love for our Savior, we can rest in Him. He makes all things to work together, praise God! It may take years to discover our gifts, but those who are older in the Lord can help us gain this discernment.

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Barb S. December 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

I think one of the easiest ways to help figure out your giftings is to pay attention to what others are affirming you for. Do they say, “I wish I could…like you.” Or, “you did just a great job with ….” While we need to have balance here and not find our value only in what others value in us, things we are affirmed in are a great starting point. We can ask our husbands, too! They know us best.

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Shelley December 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

Hi Barb,
Thanks so much for encouraging us in thinking about what our purpose in life is as well as ways to direct our daughter! My question for the Moms is this, do you know what your purpose is in light of the unique way God created you? Please share with us your discoveries and how you use your gift set to glorify God!

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Shelley December 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

I agree, and all the more reason for us, as mama’s, to be aware of the power that we have in our words. Our daughter’s identity is formed by our words. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Another way we can help our daughters understand their identity and purpose is to speak over them who God sees them as. {When I say “speak over” I mean relaying the information purposefully in everyday life} For example, the book of Ephesians is like a surround mirror for the soul and helps us to see God as sees us….

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