PASSION VS. PURPOSE
I was scrolling on my Facebook timeline and I read a status that said, “If You’re Not Doing What You Love, You’re Wasting Your Time.” The young woman who posted it stated, “That’s the problem, I don’t know what I Love.” This deeply saddened me and inspired me to write this post.
I’m so passionate about seeing women, all women, walk and work in their purpose. I’m a firm believer that God gave each of us spiritual gifts which enable us to help others throughout life. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). I remember about 5 years ago, I was in a place of frustration, and unhappiness. I was a single mother, working as a Registered Nurse in a hospital, living in my own house, making great money, but again, I wasn’t happy. I didn’t feel fulfilled. I had no purpose, or talent. I felt like I was drifting through life, doing what was expected of me, which at the time was to work a job….make a great living…and care for my son. I knew there was more to life than this. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a BAD LIFE. I just KNEW I had a greater purpose. I remember praying so consistently that God would reveal my purpose to me. I began to write in my journal every night and this helped me to make my prayers specific. Once my prayers became specific, I felt as though God began to speak into my heart.
It wasn’t long after that I discovered my love for Makeup. Of course I didn’t know what I was doing. But I noticed it gave me a sense of peace and brought joy to me in ways that I couldn’t explain. Soon after, I met my husband. He encouraged me to pursue makeup as a hobby. I thought this was absolutely absurd and ridiculous. Who makes a living from Makeup? I’m a Registered Nurse! Well……as life continued on….I became a Makeup Artist. For a while, I thought Makeup was my ministry. I thought Makeup was my purpose, and my Passion. As I have grown spiritually, I have realized, Makeup was just a bridge for me to reach women in a way that I may not otherwise have been able to. It allows me to minister to them in a way of self love and fulfillment. I can do things like write posts like this to inspire and encourage women around the world. When women sit in my chair, its an intimate space. It allows me to pray for broken women, or women who lack confidence or just women who need purpose and direction.
So as I sit here, I want to encourage you to not worry about what you love. Ask God to show or reveal to you your purpose. Your purpose and your passion may not always meet, but if they do, it’s a beautiful thing. Our ultimate goal is to be pleasing in God’s eyes and to share with others the goodness of God. He is to be given all honor and Glory in all that we do.
Hold on, be encouraged and don’t focus on your current situation. Because I’m a living testimony, it won’t be like that always. Leave a comment below.