Dawn – living on purpose

Out of the billions of people in the world, no two people have the same fingerprints. More remarkably, no two people have the same heartbeat. Our God is not a God of happenstance. It is no accident that He gave you your own fingerprint and your own heartbeat. He wants you to know that there never has been and never will be anyone else who can leave your imprint or live your life’s purpose. You exists for a plan that is only yours. When you start living as if that is true, you will come to life and people around you will be uniquely impacted.

Whatever it is that makes this true for you is the place where you will begin to discover your spiritual purpose. Beyond your job, beyond money, beyond worldly success, there is a spiritual race that is yours to run. The Message version of Hebrews 12:1-3 explains it beautifully:

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Many of us will read that and it will excite us, but we don’t know why it excites us or what that race even looks like for us. For the sake of clarity, I would like to build a beginning framework for what is meant by Spiritual Purpose.

First, let’s look at the word Purpose and provide synonyms that may hold more meaning for you: Purpose – Aspiration, Plan, Conviction, Motivation, Resolve, Intention, Aim. Now, let’s look at the word spiritual: Spiritual – Religious, Sacred, Divine, Holy, Non-secular, Faith, Devoted.

If you start combing the sets of synonyms, you begin to get some beautiful definitions. A Spiritual Purpose is a Religious Aspiration, a Sacred Plan, a Divine Conviction, a Holy Motivation, a Non-Secular Resolve, an Intentional Faith, a Devoted Aim.

What does that mean for you? In the secret places of your Spirit, what do you aspire to, what is sacred to you, what convictions do you cling to, what motivates you? If you’re unsure, ask God for clarity. Begin journaling on each set of synonyms. Look back at your life, what has excited you, what have you excelled at, where and when did you feel most alive? Can any of that be used to advance the Kingdom of God and bring Him glory?  The things you are passionate about, the things that break your heart, these are not random, they are your calling. Listen and pay attention to the moments that make your heart skip a beat. Then, start making the daily choice to pursue the race God has laid out for you.

Far too often I settle for the lesser things in life. Most of the time the things that distract me are not inherently bad (books, games, TV shows, hobbies) but indulging too often keeps me from fully living out what is most important, which is running the race God has laid out before me.

My desire for ease and comfort makes it difficult to put those distractions aside. There is no easy way out when it comes to running your spiritual race. It’s a daily choice to pursue the will of God with every ounce of your soul. It involves sacrifice, risk, and rarely feels “comfortable.” I think our enemy wants us to believe the work it takes to run isn’t worth it and tries to lure us with settling for lesser things, promising that they demand nothing of us. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. The lesser things demand I sacrifice my very reason for existence, while pursing my spiritual race means I get to encounter the power of God on a daily basis. There is nothing more exhilarating.  The distractions cannot ever give me the same satisfaction or make me feel as alive.

To run my race, it’s the same for me as it is for everyone else.  It comes down to a daily choice. Today I wake up and decide that I will not settle for lesser things and I act on that choice.  Tomorrow I will do the same. The race is won one day at a time, one choice at a time.


Dawn is a writer, speaker, and mother to four children. She is also the founder of Fulfilled Ministries (www.fulfilledministries.org), which exists to equip women to run their spiritual race with confidence.

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