Purpose leads to true happiness. The dictionary defines purpose as the object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal. It is necessary that we know the goal that we are working towards or the "why" we are here. The "why we are here" will always be greater than the "what we are capable of doing" because the "what" speaks to our present, but the "why" speaks to our future. When you use your God given abilities to work towards the goals that you were created to accomplish, you will experience true happiness and success.
Purpose is reveled in nature. A fish swims naturally because it was designed to swim, and a bird flies naturally because it was designed to fly. They are both happiest and successful when they are in their natural environments. So it is with us. The things that we are able to do naturally (without much effort) help to illuminate what we are here to do and will bring us the greatest amount of contentment and achievement. The things that we do naturally are a part of our purpose. Although nature can give us an insight on why we are here, our true purpose is only known in the mind of God.
True purpose can only be known in the mind of the creator. If you want to know the purpose of a thing, never ask the thing. The created can only tell you what it can do. The bird may know that it can fly, but it cannot tell you why it can fly. To get the "why", you have to go back to the creator, God. He is the only that can give you the object towards which you should be striving. He will give you the true measurement for your success. If your goals are based on what you think or feel, they will never bring you the victory or the peace that you desire. You need God's help to know why you are really here, and what you are here to do.
You are here for a greater purpose than you may have realized. Never measure your true worth by what you are able or not able to do. You are more than a husband, wife, son, or daughter. You are more than your occupation or educational achievements. Your purpose in life is greater than that. Your goals in life should be connected to your divine purpose that can and will be revealed to you by God. This is the only true measure of success. Whatever your divine purpose may be, it will be natural to you as a fish is to water, and you will be good at it. Spend some time along with God and find your true success and true happiness.
Timothy Houston is an author, minister, and motivational speaker who is committed to guiding positive life changes in families and communities. For questions, comments or more information, go to www.tlhouston.com.