For some people, finding a purpose, direction, or satisfying work in life is natural. They've always known they wanted to be writers, electricians, computer programmers, or whatever. But for others, gaining a sense of purpose that makes them feel good about themselves and their work isn't so simple. The uncertainty may result from lack of education or opportunity, from a feeling that the wrong choice of career was made, or from the midlife "blahs."

"Our God-given purpose" and "Why are you doing what you're doing?" offer some helpful spiritual concepts about gaining a sense of purpose that comes from within instead of from externals such as education, salary, job, lifestyle. They show that we don't need to wait for something better to come into our lives—the purpose we seek is already available to us.

Feelings of purpose and God's direction come through in other articles as well. "Out of upheaval, progress" details how the author found housing and employment following an earthquake that deprived her of both. "Enjoy the ride!" (p. 13) gives some tips on how to approach times of uncertainty.

Our God-given purpose
October 20, 1997

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