3 Steps To Find Your Purpose And Understand Why God Put You On This Earth
Stephanie Rodnez, Author, Filmmaker & Purposeologist
There are four steps to successfully living God’s purpose for your life:
- Find out what your purpose is.
- Believe your purpose is possible
- Create a realistic strategy to make you purpose happen
- Take consistent action on that strategy each and every day.
There’s no trick. There’s no secret formula. There’s no hidden super power. There’s this: Faith + Action = Success.
But the most critical part of that process is step #1: understanding what God created you to do on this earth. And in this article, that’s exactly what I’ll show you how to do.
I was 18-years-old when almost everyone in my life told me I would fail as a Christian filmmaker. Even though I knew God was calling me to produce Christian films and videos, my mentors said I was too black, too female and too Christian to ever make it in Hollywood.
Seven years later, I proved them all wrong when I launched my first production company and got national distribution for two of my films in retail stores nationwide.
I thought I was on top of the world…
Until I made a bad business deal that almost bankrupt me and almost bankrupt my entire company.
I felt embarrassed and ashamed that I’d proven the naysayers right and as a result I stepped back from living my purpose and instead started living the “status quo.”
I got a full-time job and started punching in with a time clock. I ran through the motions of the 9-5 grind and tried to accomplish the goals of my boss while ignoring my own.
For two year I STOPPED working on my purpose as a Christian filmmaker.
And ended up feeling stuck living a life I never wanted in the first place.
Have you ever felt that way? Like you know you’re meant for so much more but can’t figure out how to achieve it?
That’s exactly how I was. I felt miserable. I felt hopeless. I felt trapped working to build someone else’s dream instead of building my own.
Until God REIGNITED my passion for filmmaking with a video by Dr. Eric Thomas that taught me I would only reach success when I wanted it as badly as I wanted to breathe.
In other words, when I believed I could succeed as a Christian filmmaker (faith) and backed up that belief with hard work (action), I would finally see success.
So I started studying the idea of “living my purpose’ full time. I started studying strategic planning and applying that to this thing called “success.”
And as a result, God led me on an incredible journey that allowed me to launch a new company, produce several new videos and books and finally walk away from my 9-5 job and start living God’s purpose for my life full time.
Living on purpose ain’t easy. But it’s the best journey I’ve ever had the blessing of walking. And in this article, I’m going to teach you how to find God’s purpose for your life so you can experience the joy that comes with living your authentic self each and every day.
Step #1: You must find out what God put you on this earth to do.
Here’s what a lot of Christians don’t realize. God didn’t create us to be inauthentic. God didn’t create us to hide who we really are. Every single one of us were created with a purpose. Romans 8:28 says in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. What is that purpose?
Well it’s The Great Commission.
Matthew 28:16-20New International Version (NIV) 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is your calling. To tell others about the story of Christ. To tell them that Jesus loves them and died for them and if they believe in Him they can spend eternity with Him.
But the WAY you do this, the way you tell other’s about His name, is your specific purpose. And to find out what that is, the second step to finding your purpose is to examine the spiritual gifts, passions and talents God has given you.
Check out this quick YouTube video I filmed sharing this:
Step #2 - Examine The Spiritual Gifts, Passions And Talents God Has Given You
The word of God says we have many spiritual gifts that are distributed to us by the Holy Spirit. These gifts are the way the Lord predetermined for us to share His love with others.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Your piece of the puzzle, your chunk of the pie… That is the way God has called you to share the story of Christ with others. For example, as a filmmaker and author, my job is to share the Gospel of Christ through the films and books I produce.
For an athlete, her purpose would be to share the Gospel of Christ through the interviews and events she competes in.
For a nurse, her purpose would be to share the Gospel of Christ with the patients who ask her for hope.
For a 9-5 corporate employee, her purpose would be to share the Gospel of Christ to the employees and clients she works with.
So how do you find out what your spiritual gifts are? The number one way is to look inside you and examine the interests, talents, passions and skills you already have. Your gifts are already there.
You just have to ask yourself the right questions to find them.
That's why I created an amazing "What's Your Purpose?" free video training that will ask you the right questions to identify the exact passions, gifts, talents and interests God has given you.
You can get my free training now by going to http://purposegift.com and letting me know where to email you the video.
To be honest with you, your purpose is probably something you're afraid to do. Because you know it’s going to be impossible for you to accomplish it without God. It's probably something that someone has told you isn't good enough, that you want make money at.
It's probably something that you think is just a hobby, but you would do it for free. That's one of the biggest indicators of your purpose. You would do it for free. It's that thing you think is impossible to get paid for because you love it so much.
But guess what? You CAN get paid for it. You can shine God’s light with it. You can absolutely bring more people to His kingdom and live a life of abundance and success because you step into the purpose God has given you.
Take time to identify the profession or calling that ignites the most excitement within you. Grab my free video training that shows you exactly how to do this by going to http://purposegift.com.
Step #3 - Confirm Your Purpose
The third step - and the most important - is to CONFIRM God’s purpose for your life. This is where you’ll spend time in God’s word, praying, fasting and worshipping Him, asking Him to reveal whether or not this is the purpose He has intended for your life.
I’ve created a daily devotional that walks you through my 7-day prayer strategy for asking the Lord to confirm His purpose for your life. It utilizes scripture, worship, praise and prayer using Bible-based methods to connect you with Christ. You can get your copy by clicking here.
And when you take the time to confirm God’s purpose for your life with His answer, when you’re living in God’s purpose and being your authentic self and being exactly what God created you to be, you can finally unlock inner joy and contentment.
By achieving God’s purpose for your life, you can finally answer that gut feeling you have and start living your best self.
You can finally start reaching your fullest potential and become what God made you to be. You can breathe easier because you know you’re taking charge of your life instead of letting other people dictate whether you go left or right.
Because let me tell you, even if you start by working on your purpose just 5 minutes a day, you’ll start to feel that bubble of excitement you’ve been missing for so long.
You can feel connected with your purpose, you can feel aligned with your core values, you can create a positive impact on the world by sharing God’s love through your natural gifts and abilities, you can reinvent yourself and be your best self.
And – when you get to heaven, you can give God an account for what He called you to do. Because you will have to give God account.
Matthew 25:29-30 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
You will get to heaven and give God account on exactly how you used the gifts and TALENTS He has given you.
Lord – You’ve given me the gift of encouragement. Look, I write daily devotionals that encourage other women to use their talents to share Your name. I produced one more with the one you gave me.
Lord – You’ve given me the gift of dancing. Look, I’ve danced in praise teams that go church to church and share the gospel of Christ through music. I produced dozens more believers with the one talent You’ve given me.
Lord – You’ve given me the gift of worship. Look, I became a worship leader and helped women to deepen their faith to the point where they’re now using their gifts to bring others to Your name. With the one gift You gave me, I’ve produced thousands more.
What are you doing with God’s gift?
And if you can’t answer that, don’t worry. It’s not too late. You can apply this into your life by watching my free video training where I show you EXACTLY how to identify God's purpose for your life. Sign up here: http://purposegift.com
Thank you so much for reading this post. Share it with anyone you want to see gain clarity on God’s true purpose for their life.
And be sure to join me for my free video training where I walk you through this step by step. Sign up by going to http://www.purposegift.com.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, make the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. God bless you always, sister of Christ. And remember, live your legend.
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