September 15, 2014 | 03:50 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

Finding Purpose by Connecting the Dots

Yesterday we began a new series called “Living Life with Purpose.” Here’s the twist. We can't find our purpose for the future unless we look to our past!

I know this may sound counterproductive. Why rehash the past when a wide-open future stands before us? It’s because by understanding our past, we discover the things that have formed our personality and our passions, our hopes and our dreams. To quote Steve Jobs in his 2005 commencement address: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

If you’re having trouble connecting the dots of your life and finding your purpose, it may be time to look backward.  There is a name for recounting our past. It is called telling our stories. Not the sanitized versions that serve as fodder for our resumés. We’re talking about the real stories that have shaped who we’ve become.  This week contemplate the five H’s of your story: your heritage, heroes, high points, hard times, and where you’ve seen the hand of God guiding you. In doing so, trust that God will help you connect the dots so that your purpose becomes clearer.

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