Why am I here?
Have you ever asked that question? I bet you have. It’s a question we have all asked at one point or another.
We have a God-given need to place ourselves in a position of purpose.
Whether we are trying to define our passion, articulate our calling, or zone in on our ministry or business niche, having a clear picture of our purpose is one of the keys to being effective.
It’s often said that if you are trying to reach everyone, you will reach no one. That is so true. But when we can clearly communicate who we are trying to reach, why we are trying to reach them and what we have to offer them, we will have greater opportunity to make an impact.
If you are struggling to put your calling in words, try these three steps:
Find Your Why
Your Why is the foundation of your calling. It is the thing that excites and energizes you, but it can also be the thing that grieves your heart. It motivates you to action. Just as Isaiah said “Here am I, send me!” when the Lord asked who could go to his people, you always raise your hand when you see a need in the area of your Why.
Find Your Who
Your Who is the group of people who need what you have. These are the ones that you are able to build special relationships with and that seek you out for advice.
While you are pondering your Who, you also need to think about where they gather, both in person and online. How are you going to find them to engage?
Find Your You
Think about yourself, independent of your Why. You have unique life experiences that give you something to offer. What are they? Think of the things that are burning in your heart to share with someone.
Your You includes your personality traits that contribute to the way you will reach your Who. To be authentic in your calling, you will have to give of yourself, so what part of you are you willing and able to give?
As you work through these areas, you will see threads that run through them all. Your calling is where your Why, your Who and your You intersect. The place where the threads tie together and form a knot in your heart.
This is an exercise to do when you have some time and space to pray through it. It may help to ask a couple of trusted friends to brainstorm through it with you. Others often see things in us we would never see on our own.
The effort may be difficult, painful even. But it is worth it and will serve you well as you seek to walk in your unique calling.
If you need more detailed help finding your calling, try this free resource:
Have you struggled to put your finger on what your calling looks like?
Or put into words your purpose and mission?
This free, three-part mini-ecourse will help you Pinpoint Your Purpose. Through these email lessons and accompanying worksheets, you’ll learn:
- Why it’s important to understand your purpose
- How to find your purpose at the intersection of Why, Who and You
- Three ways to use your purpose as a filter in the day-to-day decisions of your ministry
Are you able to articulate your passion, calling or niche? If so share it in the comments!