We have heard of the importance of having a purpose or mission in life. But how can we know what it is?
First, our mission is to know the One who gave us the urge to find a mission. In other words, know God. We came from Him and shall return to Him. During our short time here, our foremost mission is to know our Father in heaven and enjoy Him.
Second, our mission is to make this world a better place—make earth more like heaven. Life is foggy. We can only see the path right in front of us. At every fork, trust God and follow His guidance. Try to take the one that will bring more gratitude, justice, kindness, forgiveness, love, and courage into the world. Try to take the right path not just on big things, but on little things also. If we are not faithful in handling small things, how will we be able to handle larger ones?
Third, our mission is to spend time in areas that (a) we can exercise our greatest talent (the talents we are most delighted to use), (b) are most appealing to us, and (c) are most needed by the world. They should be where our deepest gladness meets the world’s deepest hunger. Try to find them by identifying, classifying, and prioritizing our talents and skills. They should be written in our hearts. God will help us.
Do not think too much. We will be wrong sometimes, so be prepared to adjust as we go.
Also, do not worry or be anxious. We may think that our life has no purpose or that we’ve done nothing meaningful. But we won’t know the effects of what we have done until the day we see Him. When we think we have accomplished something meaningful, we should thank God for His guidance and help.
To summarize, our missions are to know God, make the world a better place to live, and use our talents to happily meet the world’s needs.
Summarized from “Finding your mission in life,” a chapter in the 2017 edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles.
第二，我们的使命是使这个世界变得更美好，使这世界更像天堂。 生活是浓雾弥漫的，只能看到眼前的路径。在每一个三叉路口中，都当相信上帝, 遵循祂的指导。 尽量尝试带给世界更多的感恩、正义、善良、宽恕、仁爱和勇气。