What Is God’s Purpose for My Life?

I know people who search for “God’s plan” for their lives all the time. They spend days in prayer, “seeking the Lord” over what they should do next.

I am not criticizing that or even commenting on it except to say that I know there are people who approach things this way. My way of walking with God is much more passive. My experience has been that if God wants me to do something, He’ll tell me. In fact, if God wants me to do something, He’ll pursue me. I won’t be able to get out of it.

I’m not someone who has ever hungered to do great missions for the Lord. I am so grateful that He forgave me and lets me be part of Him. That is enough for me. All I want is just to live my life in His grace, and when I die to get my toe onto the lowest rung of Purgatory. I trust Him completely with my life. I’ve been in the palm of His hand since the moment I was conceived, and I will be in those same hands through the passage of death and onwards through eternity.

However, as I said, there are those who “seek the Lord” asking for a ministry or cause. This video is for them. It’s also for all of us in that it gives some good common sense Christian guidelines for discerning how to live, whatever you do.

For instance, if you feel that the Holy Spirit is leading you in directions that oppose 2,000 years of Church teaching, then you need to do some more honest praying. It’s time for you to listen to God instead of telling Him.

The only vocation I ever prayed for was the vocation of motherhood. God gave that to me, but after a time of trial and sorrow. Then he has added other, complimentary vocations on top of it. He took me out of the world and let me spend wonderful years as a full-time wife and mother. Then, He put me back in the world where I “mothered” a broader swath of people … my constituents.

Now, he’s leading me beyond that.

God does not waste anything about us, including our deepest sins. He doesn’t obliterate our sinful acts or undo them. He transforms our weakness and our sinfulness into an instrument of His purpose.

But before He will do this, He first puts us through a deep-cleaning, a personal Gethsemane. I suffered deeply in this period when I faced the full horror of my sins. God gave me the gift of letting me see who I really was and what I had done. He removed the self-protective illusions of being a good person that I had sheltered behind and let me see the depth of my own depravity.

I think sometimes that the people who are praying for God to use them do not know that before He can use you, He has to first break you of your self-sufficiency. They think they’re good to go just as they are.

Active vocation is not a higher blessing that simply being still in the Lord. The most generous gift the Lord ever gave me was those years at home, removed from the spotlight, with my husband and babies.

Never forget that our first vocation is just to let Him love us.

Enjoy the video.

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  • http://reflectionsforthesoul.com Marcelle Bartolo-Abela

    “if God wants me to do something, He’ll pursue me. I won’t be able to get out of it”
    You betcha! Amen, sister.

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com/ Jessica Hoff

    Thank you for this, Rebecca – it struck a deep chord.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      You’re welcome Jessica. Good to hear from you.

  • http://www.forhewas.blogspot.dk M Chew Chew

    God is mysterious…. But we are not to be passive… prayer is not passive… Is it passive in action? yes, but it is not passive in itself, proof of this is that those who do not pray do not find the time , energy, or dedication ‘to do’ it. Everyone who prays, seeks God… Everyone who prays is to listen to God…

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      True. I wasn’t thinking of it like that.

  • Bill S

    “What is God’s purpose for my life”. I tried to answer this question, but my response was deleted. Is it God’s purpose for your life that you run a website that only posts opinions with which you agree?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Bill, you don’t seem to notice that I consistently delete your posts that contain complaining about how poorly you are treated on this blog. That means I delete a lot of your posts.

      • Bill S

        “I consistently delete your posts that contain complaining about how poorly you are treated on this blog.”
        That is not true. The posts that I see being deleted are those that make a plusible argument against Catholicism. My complaints actually do get posted, like this one was. You have every right to delete a post against the Church, but sometimes I wish you wouldn’t. I gain from the counterarguments.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          Bill, so far as I know, you have never made a plausible argument against Catholicism.

          I delete several posts complaining about how you are treated on this blog every single day. I also delete posts that you put up under pseudonyms, including posts where you get into pretend conversations with your pseudonyms.

  • Zaire

    This was something I think I needed. I’ve never been one to prayer for God’s direction, it always felt off for emotionally reasons I cannot readily explain. I doubt there is anything inherently wrong with “seeking God’s plan”, but I do know that I have mostly begun to pray “not my will, but thine.” I figure, like you, that He has given me specific gifts and talents, and that He will have me do it, whether or not I wish to at the time. I think our gifts and talents are a good starting point for understanding God’s will for our lives (and, as you pointed out, our particular sins and weakness as well).
    I also want to heartily agree with: “if you feel that the Holy Spirit is leading you in directions that oppose 2,000 years of Church teaching, then you need to do some more honest praying.” As a Millenial, this is something I see popping up all the time. It is keeping some from even entering the Church and stopping at the Episcopal church (since that is a more…malleable institution). The fact that I am trusting the Church on hot button issues has actually become a rift in some of my significant relationships. I pray even that loss will be gain.
    Anyway, thank you for this post (I consistently read your stuff but rarely post in response because I dislike comment boards).

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Zaire, I’ve been through this, too. It is your cross, and like the real cross, it will be heavy and painful to bear. I know how much this particular cross hurts. I think all Christians are going to have to face this as time goes forward. Blessings to you.

      “The fact that I am trusting the Church on hot button issues has actually become a rift in some of my significant relationships. I pray even that loss will be gain.”

  • pagansister

    “What is God’s Purpose for My Life”? Still trying to figure that out. First, I have to acknowledge that a supreme being actually IS.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      To me, that’s a little bit like saying I have to acknowledge that love actually exists. Just open your heart, pagansister.

  • pagansister

    Rebecca, I do know that love actually exists—–I am fortunate that I was raised in a loving environment, married a loving man, have loving children and grandchild. Yes, love does exist. I’m not so sure about the supreme being part——

  • Mark D

    Great article but terrible hymn.


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