Have you ever questioned your career choice? Have you ever wondered what your purpose is in life? You may feel unfulfilled or even suspect that something is missing in your life. If any of these questions resonate with you, perhaps you are not living in your purpose or are not doing what you have been called to do.
Each of us has a purpose in life, and God has a specific plan for all of us. But sometimes we get distracted with our daily routine, or caught up in what we believe we should be doing instead of what truly reflects our passions and interests. Do you know that God not only has a plan for each of us, but He also desires that we prosper and enjoy our lives? In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV).
We are called to serve in a manner that reflects our passions and interests. Sometimes that calling can present an opportunity for a life transition that accompanies a title or name change that is more authentic to who you truly are. For example, Paul was originally known as Saul, a man who collected taxes and persecuted Christians. He had no regard for people and was only concerned about his occupation. But when the Lord intervened and showed Saul that his job was not a true representation of who he was and who he could be in Christ, everything changed.
While Saul was traveling on the road to Damacus, Jesus appeared to him in a flash of a bright light and asked him, “Why do you persecute me?” It was after this experience that Saul began to question his life’s work and consider his life’s purpose. He became filled with the Holy Spirit and passionate about doing the Lord’s work, spreading the gospel. It was along his early journey that he transitioned into the man that he was called to be, a humble man, and a man who loved the Lord and desired to serve and please him. This change in his lifestyle also brought about a change in his name. Saul was now known as Paul, which means “humble” in Latin.
One remarkable thing happened when Saul was first blinded by the light of Christ: those who were with him were unaware of the occurrence. They did not see what Saul had reported, because sometimes what God wants to share with you is for your eyes only. Those around you need not know what God is preparing you for.
So again, I ask you: are you questioning your purpose in life? Do you know what you are called to do? Your current occupation may have little or nothing to do with your purpose or mission. Perhaps God is calling you to consider a life transition. If so, how will you answer the call? What name or title can you imagine that would best suit you? Are you Henry, the ruler or leader? Can you see yourself as a tile maker?—then perhaps you should be known by the name Tyler. The creative architect would be called Rasim. If you see yourself in a helping role then Alexis is a name that would serve you well.
I often wonder how many parents consider the meaning behind the name that they choose for their child. And how much power is in that name when it is called, both physically and for their chosen purpose. Whoever you are, and whatever you are called to do, remember that your life’s purpose is paved along your journey to Damascus. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience your life’s purpose to the fullest.