Want to know God’s purpose for your life? Answer this one question.

If you profess to do your best to follow Jesus, there is one ultimate question you need to be asking yourself:  “What is the most loving thing I can do with my life to positively impact the world and give God the glory?”

The answer to that question is synonymous with the answer to “What is God’s purpose for my life?”

After 12 years of coaching hundreds of people through the Halftime Institute, I’ve come to realize this is “The” question. It simplifies things. It focuses our thinking.

Don’t get too focused on discovering some mythical, elusive, and electrifying passion that makes you come alive. Focus on how you can make the biggest difference – either where you are or elsewhere. If you’re advancing God’s will on this planet, trust me, you’ll come alive.

Don’t get get sidetracked on money issues. Be realistic about the money you have and that you need to live on… and with that in mind make the biggest difference possible. If you have to work 7:00-3:00 in a factory, what’s the most loving thing you can do there?  If you have $40 million in liquid assets to deploy, what’s the most loving thing you could do with that? Work with what you have.

Don’t get too worked up around the cliché of “dreaming God-sized dreams that are doomed to fail if God doesn’t show up.”  Getting started is a faster path to impact and joy than grandiose dreaming.

Simply focus on an all-out pursuit of how to love people and our planet with the time, money, skill, and interests God has given you. Don’t get frustrated with what you don’t have.  Get busy with what you do have.

 So, if you were to live 100% selflessly and fearlessly, what’s the most loving way for you to live your life?

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. (Galatians 6:4-5 The Message Version) 

P.S. For those of you following the discussion we've had the last four weeks regarding the survey, I have resolved to just continue writing about the pathways to joy.  32.1% of the people who read my book www.TheJoyModel.com actually acted on it. And 94.4% of that group report experiencing greater joy.  I'm cool with that! That's a lot of improved lives. I hope yours is one of them!