Find Your Purpose. Find Success

Who are you?
What’s your purpose in life?

People spend thousands of dollars for self-help seminars, therapy, and books to help them answer those questions. They join religious groups, social groups, and professional organizations, searching for the answers.

Finding your purpose is the first step to living a successful, satisfied, spiritual life.  If you believe in a higher power, it stands to reason that you’d believe your life has a higher purpose.

Ask yourself: “In what capacity can I contribute?”

Every one of us is unique and precious.  What is your gift? And are you using your talent to improve your life and the lives of others?

The Gospel according to Matthew (25:14-30) recounts the following parable:

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.

Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.  So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.  But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.” His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

The man with the two talents also came. “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more”. His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Then the man who had received the one talent came. “Master,” he said, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.” His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

This is a story about our ability to make a difference, using our GOD-given talent and facing fear.  All of that in one powerful parable.

The story begins with the employer calling the three men to action.  He asks them to serve him, and gives them “talents.” (Note: The modern meaning of the word “talent” stems from its original meaning, a unit of currency. It’s not a coincidence that people equated money with aptitude and ability.)  Their talents differ, just like in real life. Each of us is as unique as our individual set of talents.The employer gives no direction on what to do with the talents.  Each man is free to choose how to best use them.

Two of the men thought carefully, and decided to use their gift to create abundance.  The third gives in to fear.  He’s afraid of misusing his talent.

When the employer returns and demands an accounting of the priceless gifts he gave each man, the message is clear: abundance breeds abundance.  Treasure your gifts and you’ll get more. Hide your talent and you’ll lose it.

GOD has given each of us a special, unique talent, along with the free will to invest it as we see fit.  He expects us to use our talent to our full ability.

What is your gift?

For some, it’s obvious. If you’re drawn to medicine, law, etc., you’re often where you’re meant to be. That’s why a noteworthy occupation is often referred to as a “calling”. If you’re unsure of your gift or if want to verify that you’re on the right track, here’s an exercise to help you find your gift and determine your purpose:

Think about what makes you happy.

We spend a lot of time doing what we should do; working at the job we should have, marrying the appropriate person, living in the right neighborhood.  Are you letting other people live your life?  Do you let society, your family, or your peers determine your choices? If the answer is “yes”, now is the time to stop and find out what’s right for you.  No one else can give you this answer. It lies within you.  You just have to listen.

Life is not supposed to be hard.  We make it hard. GOD wants you to be happy, healthy, & successful.  If you believe this – and why wouldn’t you? – you have to examine your life and ask: Are you living the life GOD created just for you?

What is your destiny? If that sounds like a big question, it is.  It’s your only life. Don’t you want the best one possible?

Originally posted at BettyKincaid.com

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