How to Find Your God-given Purpose

Do you ever struggle with knowing your specific purpose in life?

If you do, you’re not alone. The average person changes careers 5-7 times in their lifetime.

People just aren’t quite sure what they’re here for.

I find a lot of people wonder, Why was I born? What am I doing with my life? 

Or, if you they know God has a plan for them—what is His plan? What is His specific purpose for me?

The great news is that you don’t have to wander about in life in anxiety of what may happen or what you’ll end up doing.

You can know what your purpose is!

Knowing the meaning of life

I addressed this in my first post about purpose: Finding Your God-given Purpose. I’m using that as a launch pad for this post so I can expand more.

To know our purpose in life, we first have to know the meaning of life in general.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
(John 17:3)

The meaning of life is to know God (John 17:3 ^) and make Him known. (Mark 16:15)

To know God, we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior so we can have a relationship with Him.

>>> Best decision you’ll ever make. <<<

Once we establish and keep up a relationship with God—to know Him—we make Him known!

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
(Mark 16:15)

That, right there, is the meaning of life. To know God and make Him known—that’s the Great Commission.

To know your purpose in life, find out what your part in the Great Commission is and get to it!

Finding out the specifics

That’s our general purpose in life, but of course everybody wants to get right down to specifics. ?

Got ya covered!

My dad has served in the ministry for 25 years and has traveled all over, meeting all sorts of people. He asks them this one question to help them determine what they were specifically put on the earth to do:

If money were no object, what would you do with your time?

The answer is what they were put on this earth to do.

Sure, you’d take a vacation and probably do some fun stuff. But what would you really do with your time?

If you already know—that’s your purpose!

But what if you don’t know yet?

You may not know yet. And if that’s the case you have no need to worry. Jesus actually says not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34), so don’t waste another minute!

Simply honor God with what He’s given you now.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
(Matthew 6:33)

Has He given you a gift? Use it to serve Him and advance His kingdom.

Practice. Hone your skills. Honor God. Even if it’s not what you end up doing with your entire life, it may open up doors in the future.

A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
(Proverbs 18:16)

You might get through the door doing one thing and end up doing something completely different with your life—but not without going through the first door.

Jesus said if you’re faithful over little, He’ll make you ruler over much. (Matthew 25:23) Be faithful and diligent with what God has put in your hand now!

For example, I began blogging about my hobby of playing with dolls when I was nine, honoring God with it and helping others meet Jesus along the way.

Doll blogging is probably not what I’m going to do with my life, but not only was I able to serve God using what He had given me, I discovered my passion for writing—and was honing my skills the entire time!

The focus is to serve God now, whatever age you are, wherever you may be.

Because when you honor God above everything else, everything else will fall into place.

Serve Him with your life and watch Him open up doors in your future. And have no worry!

Your brilliant purpose is not going to suck. In fact, it’s going to rock.

I have zero worry about the future. Zero! As I pursue God, live my life for Him, and live by the Word of God, my life is secure and stable.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9)

I’m both confident in my calling to be a writer and excited for the plans that haven’t entered in my heart yet. Life is a thrilling adventure with Jesus in my heart and the amazing God I serve!


Know God and make Him known. As you spend time with Him, He’ll speak to you about the specifics—especially what you would do with your time if money were no object.

Until then, keep serving and honoring Him with what He’s given you now.

That’s how you find your God-given purpose. That’s how I found mine!

And you’ll never have to wander about in life or worry what the future holds. :o)

What do you think about finding one’s purpose? Do you know your specific purpose in life, or are you still pursuing God and finding that out? Would you say knowing one’s purpose is hard or easy? I love hearing from you. 

P.S. If you’re signed up for the Victory Newsletter, you got some cool purpose-themed phone and desktop wallpapers in your inbox just now. If you’re not signed up, why you doing this to yourself? Why you missing out on these things? ? ↓↓↓

By |2019-06-16T19:11:11-04:00June 17th, 2019|Life Undefeated, Ministry|29 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. McKayla June 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    This was so awesome, Madi. I think my problem is I have too many things I love and am passionate about. I’m trying to find a way to kind of combine them. I know if the job (or jobs) is right for me then God will make it happen.
    P.S I’m going to the American Girl store today! The drive is so long but it will be so worth it! Although I’m still wondering how we’ve driven so long and still have am hour and a half left, XD.

    • Madi June 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading, McKayla. Haha, I was the same way! As a creative I wasn’t sure whether singing, painting, acting, etc. was the right thing for me… I loved doing all of them. Through serving God in everything I did, though, I was able to find my specific calling. I hope you are led to your dream job!

      P.S. HURRAY! HAVE TONS OF FUN AND TAKE PICTURES! Are you allowed to say which store you’re visiting? I hope you have a great time!

    • Kirstyn Todd June 17, 2019 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      You know what? There’s nothing wrong with doing all of them–just make sure not to burn yourself out too much! XD

  2. olivehiddenhollow June 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I’d change my wallpaper but Avi would throw a fit. ??? and I’m in no position to argue with her, since I just got TWO MORE TEETH pulled (I ain’t gonna have any teeth left by the time they’re done with me?) and my mouth is too numb to form words.
    Omg I’m drooling blood just a sec
    K im back I should have taken a pic instead of wiping it off I bet it looked so weird ?
    I’m sorry was that was tmi if so TOO BAD

    Sorry my jaw hurts and I can’t eat lunch I’ll just stop talking now

    • Madi June 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm - Reply


      Honestly that’s so relatable… I take pictures of all my injures too… you know why. ?

      Don’t worry, nothing is ever TMI for me. XD

      I hope your jaw feels much better! The last time I got my teeth pulled I ate soft chocolate muffins and watched Ninjago; you might try that — perfect remedy amirite? :o) XD

      • olivehiddenhollow June 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        Its def grown on me in the last 20 hours ?
        Ooooh that would be great. But first I have to StOp BlEeDiNg ???

        • Madi June 17, 2019 at 1:08 pm - Reply

          Wait before you stop bleeding take pictures and tell everyone you got punched in the mouth or something ? kidding obviously my maturity level is zero

          • olivehiddenhollow June 17, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

            Well I did just open my mouth to laugh and spilled about a gallon of blood and drool all over my shirt dang it now I have to change ???

            • Madi June 17, 2019 at 3:18 pm - Reply

              WHY did this make me laugh the way it did? ??

              • olivehiddenhollow June 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

                Cause its hilarious when it doesn’t happen to you ??

  3. Skipper Spirit June 17, 2019 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    This is cool! Thanks for making the newsletter, blog post, and desktop background. Definitely gonna use that background!

    I know that my calling is to be God’s light to this world (as I say in my blog), but my purpose, or what I’m supposed to do with my life, not so much. I love writing, but I kind of struggle with that; I love working with kids (sowing into their lives, their futures, etc.), but teaching doesn’t appeal to me; and I recently found that I love guiding and directing people, but I’m not sure how that fits into the mix . I’m curious to see how God’s going to use those separately or combine them in the future to serve His purposes. (After all, writing is a mostly solitary art! ;P )

    Alone, finding one’s purpose is hard. But with God and others, it kind of becomes easier.

    Thanks again for posting.

    • Madi June 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Skipper! Really hope you enjoy the background. :o)

      Sounds like God has some fantastic pieces in place for your destiny. Who knows how He’ll use you!

      Thanks for such a great comment.

      • Skipper Spirit June 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome! I definitely will enjoy it. =)

        I haven’t thought of all the things I am passionate about/ enjoy doing as puzzle pieces to my destiny. Excellent insights!

        You’re welcome! Thank YOU for posting. ;P

  4. Kirstyn Todd June 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Can I expand? If you answered no, my answer to your answer is TOO BAD. ?

    This was a really good post, and I 100% agree! I went through this phase when I was young. Another problem I had was thinking I was bad at something (like art), and then just accepting the “fact” that I was bad at it instead of trying to make myself good at it. Either that, or I actually did have talent for that thing (like art), people like my mom would tell me so, and I would refuse to believe them. If anyone reading this is like that, STOP IT. It’s not good for you.
    Part of that problem was the fact that I was kind of afraid to try new things. And if there’s anyone who is like that, again, stop it. The worst that can happen is the thing doesn’t work out–and that’s not a bad thing! God gives each and every one of us the ability to do certain things. We can all do great things, even if we’re not all preachers or singers or writers.
    And another thing–even if all God wants you to do for Him is washing dishes during your church’s camp meeting, you’re doing a great thing. No job is too small for God to notice–if He sees you cheerfully helping out anywhere in any way, He’ll take note, and you’ll be rewarded in Heaven for it. So don’t compare yourself to that guy over there, who wrote this awesome book that’s leading millions to Christ. “But I’m so small compared to him!” So what? The small behind-the-scenes jobs are just as necessary as the jobs that put you in the spotlight. As far as God’s concerned, the behind-the-scenes workers are the real heroes. Matthew 19:30 says: “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

    • Madi June 17, 2019 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading and sharing your fantastic thoughts. 10/10 agree.

      • Kirstyn Todd June 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm - Reply

        No problem! I say this a lot, but I love your work. You’re doing a lot of good, both in Christian circles and out there in the world. I think God has a lot in store for you, both here and in Heaven! 🙂

        • Madi June 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm - Reply

          Aww, thank you! God is so good :o)

          • Kirstyn Todd June 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

            Amen! God IS good, even when He’s not, because it’s impossible for Him to be anything but good! ?

  5. Laura June 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Great post Madi! I really loved it! 😀

    -Laura <3 😉

    • Madi June 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      OOH A LAURA COMMENT! ? Thanks so much, Laura!

      • Laura June 19, 2019 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        XD No problem!! 😀

        -Laura <3 😉

  6. Olivia Bell June 18, 2019 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    This was so encouraging, and your question, “What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?” really made me think and I’m going to really seek God because I know exactly what I’d do if money wasn’t an issue.❤️ Thank you so much for bringing that to mind!? Your articles are the best?

    • Madi June 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      I love the question, too! It really boils things down! Thanks so much for reading and leaving such encouraging comments. ?

  7. Clara June 22, 2019 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I’m so late commenting on this, don’t mind me. 😀 I bookmark things and then promptly forget about them. Maybe I should try leaving a million tabs open like you. XD
    Anyways, I thought this was such a well-done post! You made some great points and I love the question about what you would do if money weren’t an issue. It really made me think. 😀

    -Clara <3

    • Madi June 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      A CLARA COMMENT! *abandons all productivity and dives to keyboard*

      I have a million tabs, you have a million bookmarks… whatever works :’)

      Thanks so much for reading! The question makes me think too; I really like it. ?

  8. lololololodjdhhrhr May 13, 2021 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I have too many things I love and hate. So I should work on that.

    • Madi May 13, 2021 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Try praying about it and see if you feel a nudge in any particular direction!

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