This checklist will show you how to find your passion and your purpose that God has predestined (ordained, predetermined, destined) you to do.
But you will need to be brutally honest about answering these questions because sometimes we confuse the thing we think we should be doing with the thing God has made us or designed us for.
1. If Jesus were to come back right now, what would you start doing in a hurry out of guilt?
Deep down inside, I believe people know what they are supposed to be doing in life. But sometimes we tend to overthink it or we might have our own self-doubts about doing them.
We find ourselves rubbing the back of our necks worrying about making the possibility of making the wrong decision, when in actuality if Jesus has told us to do something, He has already made a way.
2. If you were a billionaire and never had to work, what would you do in your spare time?
We are all allowed a certain amount of time on earth to accomplish God’s purpose for our lives. Even Jesus knew when it was time to start His ministry (John 7:6).
But until we are able to do what we love for a living, what’s the thing you could do in your spare time, all the time? This is a cornerstone answer that will help you to find out what you’re passionate about so you can start living your purpose.
3. What kind of subjects, topics, or areas are you interested in, or feel naturally drawn to?
Your purpose is tied to your passion. In Mel Gibson movie portraying Jesus’s last days, we learned that going to the cross was not only Jesus’s purpose but also His passion. The thing that you are passionate about doing will be the thing that you are purposed to do.
If you like to cook or grill, you could show others how to. If you like to paint, you could show others who like to paint but don’t think they do it very well. My friend Sharvette has a company called Product Academy, which could even help you make digital products to teach (and sell) to those people.
4. What are you excited about?
What is that thing that brings a wide grin to your face? That makes singing (or if you can’t sing but hum like me) in the shower, or once you start talking about it, you can’t stop right away.
Christ said for us to Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1), meaning we not only have the right to be free but should be excited to live free. What are you excited to live for?
5. What could you do for 3 years straight, without getting paid?
What if you could get paid for doing something you normally do for free? Once you answer this question, you can start to think of ways to monetize your passion and live your purpose. You don’t have to be the best at what you do, just good enough to teach others that are starting out (once like you) how to do what you love to do.
6. What were some of the things you loved doing when you were a kid?
As a young boy, Jesus loved sitting in the midst of the teachers in the temples, and you see how well that turned out for Him.
In fact, my first artist was my wife Valerie Woodard and we recorded 2 CD’s so far (you can check them out at valeriewoodard.com). What are some things that you enjoyed doing as a kid, especially with others?
7. Think about the people you most aspire to be. What do they do for a living?
When I finally stop trying to duck God and I accepted the call to minister, I pattern my ministry after these great men and women of God. If you don’t know how to start living your purpose, find someone who already is doing something close to what God has called you do. This can be anything, like such as starting a bakery, teaching etc.
8. What do you frequently read about?
I love to read, seriously. Here is a picture (not all but just some) of the books I keep on hand to thumb through daily.
What type of books, magazines, youtube videos etc. that you read or watch during the day? What type of information do you consume that makes you bounce on one toe and sometimes causes you block out the world? Knowing what type of information you consume the most could be that thing that you share the most.
9. What is the main thing that people look to you for advice about?
I am a self-professed “jack-of-all-trades”. People ask me questions out of frustration about computers, websites, the bible and everything in between. I mainly I get a lot of statements like “I don’t know what to do about _______”.
What things do people come to you the most about? Our job here on earth is to edify or build up our brothers and sisters. What can you help the world become better at?
10. What’s your gut (Holy Spirit) say?
Have you ever heard people say things like “something told me not to do that” or “something told me to go this way”?
People like to say that it was their gut feeling but if you are a born-again believer, that something was the Holy Spirit. What has the spirit told you to do today that you still haven’t done? Sometimes we are worried that we can’t complete the task God has given us to do, and you are right to a degree.
On your own you can’t, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). I have written a free ebook telling of the Grace that you are empowered with call Empowering Grace.
Once you find your passion and your purpose, realize that you don’t have to do it alone. I have a lot of resources available and I am working on others daily to help you live your best life now!
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