This semester, we asked our students what they think their purpose is and here’s what they had to say:
I think my purpose is…
“… I don’t know”– John
“… to earn money to support my family”– QingYu
We asked our students four simple questions;
- What are your gifts?
- Who has been the most influential person in your life?
- What is something you feel passionate about?
- What experience has been a highlight of your life?
Here are some answers we’ve received:
- Music, painting, drawing, listening, variety, art, not worrying, searching and finding answers, singing, variety, math, empathy & teaching.
- Grandparents, sister, professor, wife, mom, Oprah, host mother, & dad.
- Painting, sculpture, drawing, organizing, fixing things, love, community, giving, serving others, technology, family, friends, the Bible, caring for those who need it, helping, & teaching.
- Family trip to Hawaii, traveling, graduating, owning cat, peaceful time at home with parents, skydiving, & seeing different people in different places.
As you can see, everyone is very passionate about many different things. God has gifted us with uniqueness and individual talents to encompass the earth with. Every person is important because we all bring something different and unique into each others lives.
Finding Your Purpose and free lunch is on Monday afternoons from 12-12:45pm
A Call is:
- A drive that forces us to want to make a change in our lives – Nicole
- When you are going blind and get corrective lens so you can see – Lola
- More than a notion – a reality in life which raises the question of who is calling – Steve
- Clarity – a sense of direction in life – Paola
- A compass/GPS from where you are to where you are supposed to be – Lola
- To be happy – positive – Natalie
- Your destiny – the reason why you are on earth – Chelsey
- Your purpose in life – Cherise
- The spiritual direction that points us toward our ultimate goals in life that have been set at birth – Avery
- Something that makes you know your purpose in life – David
- A passion in life – an instinctual knowing of what you are to be – Sarah
- Something you are put on earth to do and that you carry out – Antonio, Jane, Kayla, and Ian
- Moral compass that shows you where you are supposed to go – Lukas
A call involves the Head (understanding our God-given purpose in life) and the Heart (what we are passionate about). Calls are both Internal (God’s voice within us) and External (the way we live out our call and make a difference in life).
The diagram is in the shape of a cross and reminds me that our call is from Christ-John
A call affects different parts of your life-Cherise
Which part of the call diagram resonates more with you?
- Heart – Andrew
- Head – Nathan
- Internal, External – Antonio
- Call, Heart – Angy
- Internal – Ian
- Balance of all four – Sarah
- Heart, but everything is connected – Lola
What are some significant reasons why we don’t respond passionately and constantly to our calls?
- We don’t always know how to do so. Even when we know that our call exists and what it is we do not know how to live out our call
- We choose to focus on other concerns and ignore or sidestep the deep level of our lives
- Lack of resources (i.e. time, money,etc.) – Lola, John, Juan, Mary
- We doubt our abilities – Cherise
- Cultural and religious hindrances – Lola
- Societal pressures – Nicole, Mary
- Parental and other influences – Nicole, Lola
- Lack of confidence – John
- Not able to identify our call – John
- Fear of the unknown – Nora, Mary
- School/life frustration – Phil
- Distractions (i.e. video games) – Alex
- Failing to see that God’s purpose is worked out through people – John
- Temptations and social exposures – John, Derek
- Vices and greed – Guy, Isaac
What would be helpful to you to identify and pursue God’s call for your life?
Learning how to identify signs, reasons, and purpose in our lives and the value of our call in God’s greater purpose”–Taylor and Antonio
- Find a mentor who we can go along with who has a similar call to see how it is manifest
- Someone you trust who you can talk to about your call
- Someone who will motivate you
- Reading the Bible
- Someone in your profession you can help out and learn more
- A process to help identify calls
- Learning how to find clues in our lives about what God wants us to do – Ian and Francis
- Find what you are passionate about
- Pray often
- Establish a relationship with God
Treena Glover 11/13/18
“In addition to providing me free food, UCM has made a difference in my life by providing me with a community committed to learning, serving, and growing in Christ. I am grateful for the Finding Your Purpose program. Through this program I am both challenged and inspired to dig deeper into my purpose in life. I am certain that ‘service’ is a core factor of who I am, but now (due to the class) I wonder if there is a specific ‘place’ where God would want me to be. I am also provided the opportunity to continue to serve the lunch bunches, serve the ministry in general, and serve as a key tool in securing four spring 2019 grants for the ministry. Thank you UCM for being instrumental in my life.”