What’s my purpose in life? Why am I here?

Sometimes, we’re made to believe that our purpose is to take it easy. Relax. Enjoy the good things while we can. We’re often told that the point of work is to get to the point where we don’t have to work anymore.

It usually doesn’t take long to realize that a self-pleasing purpose in life is shallow and unfulfilling. It leaves us empty, thinking there must be more to life.

While it initially sounds contradictory, our greatest fulfilment comes from serving others. We benefit from benefiting others. We’re fulfilled by meeting someone else’s needs and carrying their loads. That’s what makes marriage and parenting fulfilling. That’s what makes a career enjoyable. That’s what makes us feel that we’re making a difference.

God made us for a purpose. That purpose connects us to the people around us, so our lives intersect and our service extends to more and more.

Are you feeling down and purposeless? Look around you at the people who need something. Fill that need. You’ll find it rewarding to serve someone else.

That’s what we were made for.

“Serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).