I’m reading for at least the second time now In Pursuit of Purpose by the late Dr. Myles Munroe. I have a habit of revisiting and holding on to books that have helped me tremendously at different stages of my life. I’ve read several books by Dr. Munroe and this one is a favorite. I came across it when I was searching for answers in my early 30s and trying to maneuver a divorce without losing my mind. This book and the Bible were my guide. During that season, I remember being determined not to become “a bitter old woman”. That was my daily prayer – “Lord, don’t let me become bitter.” Since then, I’ve healed, blossomed and gone on to conquer new terrain thanks to the grace of God.
Today, if you find yourself in a season where you’re wondering about your purpose (Yes, YOU have a purpose!) now that the kids are gone or the job has ended or whatever curve ball life has thrown your way, I highly recommend reading this book. Perhaps you discovered your purpose years ago (AWESOME — Good for you!) and need a boost of encouragement or a simple reminder that you are uniquely designed and perfectly fashioned for your purpose – again, I recommend reading this book. It’s a practical and easy read. Even more, it’s a good reminder that there’s no need for you to try to be like someone else. Embrace your own unique talents and run your own race. Discovering your purpose and using the gifts and talents that God has given you is what ultimately pleases Him. I believe it is in this space —doing what God has called you to do and not every random project under the sun — is what leads to fulfillment in life. Imagine how frustrating life would be for the person trying to become a physician when God had really fashioned that person to be a great school teacher. Imagine the young minds that will miss out on a unique classroom experience because their intended teacher is off somewhere struggling through medical school instead of being a trailblazer, engaging students with his or her unique style of pedagogy. Am I talking to you?
I know it’s easy to get sidetracked and cave in to family and/or peer pressure. Everyone in the family pursued a certain career path and naturally presumed you’d do the same. But what if God has different plans for you? What if you know in your heart that a certain line of work will only make you miserable? Will you fall in line or will you have the courage to pursue the dream that God has placed in your heart?
I’ve learned to embrace what God has given me and not to covet the talents I don’t have. For example, you’ll never find me working in an accounting department nor will you ever hear of me working on a musical CD (not even background vocals – lol!). God has not fashioned me for either of these career paths. I would fail miserably.
Whatever God has called you to do (your purpose), rest assured that you are perfect for the assignment. Once you read In Pursuit of Purpose, you’ll realize how important it is for you to discover your purpose. And when you do, get busy pursing it. I believe on the other side of your obedience, someone or something is there waiting for you. Someone needs your gift. You are the answer to someone’s prayer. Yes, you are needed and you have value. You are the missing piece to someone’s puzzle.
In case you’re on the fence and having doubts about your relevance, here’s a passage from the book….
“When God created you, He built into you all the natural necessities for performing and fulfilling your purposed assignment. Everyone possesses natural inherent traits that are required for their purpose. In essence, you are the way you are because of why you are.” — Dr. Myles Munroe