Who You Are, All You Are (Life Purpose)

What is my purpose?

“I’m not sure where it came from, but somehow our passion and purpose get all tangled up with our occupation.   Your passion and purpose do not come formed in the shape of a particular job or career, ever.   Passion and purpose are WHO YOU ARE and what makes you, you.   Nobody’s passions add up to a single job . . . a single job role can never remotely encompass your energy and the potential you bring to the world.”

  • Are you defining yourself primarily by your 9-5 job?  Theresa Sullivan, in “You Need To ‘Find’ Your Passion & 4 other myths debunked”, captures powerfully the all-too-common notion that this single part of one’s life (a job) encompasses ALL that one is – or can ever be.   She explains quite well why it can’t.   I agree with her wholeheartedly!
  • In this post I’ve provided several excerpts, from Sullivan’s insightful LinkedIn post, to give you a flavor of her thoughts.

“Look at who you are, not your job title, when you’re talking about purpose or passion.”

“Your passion isn’t hiding from you, you won’t find it all neatly packed into a miraculously fine job role, it isn’t just one thing and it can shape-shift throughout your life.” 

“Not a single one of us knows what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone 10, 20, 30 years from now.   We get to do this lifetime exactly once.  By not being who you are right now, selfishly hoarding your gifts instead of sharing them with the world, you will have missed out on the entire, miraculous opportunity of being alive.   Only when you share with the world what you were uniquely put here to do will you be able to claim you’re really alive.”  [Emphasis added]


Even if you have a phenomenal position which you truly love, that single work role surely is NOT the only role that’s important – to the Lord, others, or you.  Is It?   Being one of ‘God’s masterpieces’, all you are can not be simplistically reflected in your job alone.  Like Sullivan, I too wonder how our purpose and passion got ‘all tangled up with occupation’.  Do you need to untangle yourself, and your purpose, from your job today?  Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

 Greg Silverthorne


For we are God’s masterpiece.   He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,

so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)


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