What is Purpose?
I would begin by saying it is a Human Need. We all must feel like we have purpose. Discovering this purpose, is life transforming!
Here is what Webster says:
1.) the reason for which something exists or is done, made used, etc.
2.) to set a goal, intention or aim for oneself.
3.) determination, resolutness.
Romans 8:28 (Amplified)
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
God partners with us to find and fulfill our purpose. One of my favorite quotes is:
“THE GLORY OF GOD IS A HUMAN BEING FULLY ALIVE.”
– St. Iraneus
So not only is our joy and happiness third to living our purpose, it is also what brings God, Joy and delight.
For many finding purpose and the Will of God is a difficult proposition, because they equate it with pleasing God, living up to something that is difficult. But for God it is about bringing fulfillment to your life. Our worship, service and spiritual practice is not for God, as much as it is for us. Prayer, worship, and spiritual practices transforms us and brings joy. Peace and fulfillment and meaning into our lives and nothing makes our Heavenly Parent happier, than the children God loves to be Happy and fulfilled.
Jesus said it best, I have come that you may have Life and that life to be abundant!