What Is God’s Purpose of My Life?

What Is God’s Purpose of My Life?

The Kate Spate suicide, followed by the Anthony Bourdain suicide, really got me to thinking…

Even as Christians, we often struggle with the question: What is God’s purpose for my life? Take me for instance. Even when things were going well with me, I would still rack my brain and wring my hands in search of the purpose of my life. More times than I care to admit, I would often wake up on certain mornings with this purposeless, insignificant, even aimless feeling about my life, especially while struggling to survive through the dreaded 25 years of my life in federal prison. Really maddening.

Mark Twain once said, “There are two most important days of your life: the day you were born, and the day you figure out why.” Have you figured out why you were born? Have you figured out your true, God-given purpose for being born? For being alive? What is the purpose that drives you to face each waking day of your life? Do you find yourself envying your friends and neighbors because they appear to be living meaningful, fulfilling lives? For instance, your friends and neighbors might have deep relationships. Rewarding careers. A sense of direction that compels them to march into the office with a spring in their step. Well, when I used to feel this sense of purposeless existence, I’d have to remind myself that God most certainly had a purpose for my life. Otherwise how could there possibly be this “joy” in which the Scriptures so richly teach me, such as “The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10), or “…for You have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings, I will sing for joy” (Psalm 63:7), or “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Proverbs 30:5). There are countless passages where God teaches us about His joy. So with all of the hand wringing and head banging against my prison cell wall, I had to figure out how I could arrive at such a place. And I had to figure it out fast, otherwise I would have been met with the same fate of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

Let’s establish one thing out of the gate: the fact that you are still alive indicates that you are living in God’s purpose. And because God is God and you are not, know that He works all things—not “some” but all things—including your life, according to his purpose. For nothing can happen to you without God’s permissive will. Yes, even 25 years in federal prison.

The psalmist says, “I cry out to God most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me” (Psalm 57:2). And because our times are in God’s hands—in spite of what you might think or feel right now—God will fulfill every purpose he has in store for you. However, prison taught me that my choices and actions really mattered. Surely, this is a mystery for the ages, for we can’t fully understand such things. But that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We can choose to do things that will bring us more joy and give us much more of a sense of purpose, even when we are in the darkest and most challenging seasons of our lives.

I remember preaching a sermon to my fellow prisoners about how our choices and actions play a crucial role in identifying those choices we make—choices that can bring us more joy. So with this series of the next 6 posts, I want to help you identify those choices you can make to bring more excitement and God-given purpose into your life.

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Dr. Michael W. McCoy, M.Div. JD., Th.D.

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