“External” Purpose vs. “Internal” Purpose

The title above is the title of a book by Misty Edwards. Isn’t that the real question? What is the Point of anything and everything that we do… or is the question deeper than that? Is the real question not what we are “doing” with our lives but who we are “becoming” in our life’s journey.

Each of us has a purpose and an authentic way of being and living. Identifying, acknowledging and honouring this is perhaps the single most important action that truly free people take. They take the time to understand that they’re here to understand themselves, to connect with their authentic self, lean into what frames their inner core beliefs, and they set the intention to live in a way that honours those values and virtues.

You see, without a purpose (without being your authentic self), it’s easy to get sidetracked as you go through life. It’s easy to wander and drift accomplishing little. But with a purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be ‘on purpose’ means you are being yourself, becoming more of who you are genuinely and intentionally, then doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s actually important to you. It’s using your personal resources of time, energy and money on things not that you just care about, but that are a part of the fiber of your heart.

If you put the things you believe in passionately out in front and never tap into your core true self, you may be “doing” things simply because you “can”, not because it’s your life purpose.

The authentic self is the real genuine part of you that knows your preferences for everything; it knows what you enjoy, what you’re passionate about, what brings you joy and what you love to do. The authentic self is that part of you that is spontaneous, curious, fascinated with the world and more playful, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The authentic self has no ego, or at least has a revelation of some kind that I am not all that important, and that I am not the author of destiny.

All of this lends itself to “becoming” a “false self” that wants to be recognized, be important, and is ego driven. When the ego is out in front, it’s impossible to be your genuine self, and consequently, you cannot know your genuine why and purpose; because your purpose begins with who you are.

A lot of us rarely consult with our inner selves and most of the time we steer our lives based on the instructions of other people, our insecurities, egos and fears; and consequently have no idea what we’re passionate about and therefore they have no idea how to find our purpose. As a result, naturally, we end up driving in the wrong direction.

Steer your heart into the direction of self discovery, awareness, and God’s definition of who you are. You can find peace, your why, be settled, and “stop striving to reach your ‘potential’, and start walking in your purpose. That’s where your true “potential” lies.

Here’s a scripture that reflects these realities found in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 29:

11. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”


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