SSU Special Edition: Life After Graduation
“What is my Life Purpose?”
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Sisters, meet Franchelle, a former SSU and Law graduate!
Usually after graduation, it is that time when we seek for a life purpose. In university, we had one goal: Graduate. Now that this is done, then what? How do we find God’s purpose for our life? What are we supposed to be in life? Is there a higher calling than just having a regular job? This is what our conversation with Franchelle is about today.
When and why did you start thinking about your purpose in life?
I started thinking about my purpose during the gap between my last day of school and my graduation ceremony (which was six months). I actually don’t remember the reason why I started thinking about it. I like to think that there was perhaps a sermon I heard which triggered the question; I know that around that time, my pastor often talked about the importance of having a mission and vision in life.
Why was it important for you to know what you should do in life?
That’s a good question, I think I came at a point in my life where I just wanted to know what God destined me to do. Since I was done with school, I needed a direction, where to go from here? There comes a point in life when every human being asks himself this question and that was my time.
Can you describe the process of finding your purpose?
It was a stressful and restless journey at first. I was so consumed with the idea of finding my purpose that anywhere I meant people of God, I kept on asking them “please help me, how do I find my purpose? Please help me!” It’s so funny now that I think back, I was just overwhelmed and wanted to find my purpose immediately. Everyone I asked kept on giving me the same reply “just do the will of God, and He will reveal His plan for you at the appropriate time.” After a year or so of nagging God on this issue, I gave up and just decided to do what I was told long ago: do the will of God and let Him guide my steps. And indeed the Lord revealed His purpose for me a year later.
Does that mean it generally takes a long time to discover one’s purpose in life?
No, not at all. Everyone’s journey is different. The most important thing is not how long it takes but your path to getting there. When I quieted down and started focusing on the Lord, He led me to the purpose. It all goes back to what Luke 16:10 says “whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” If you are restless or aren’t submitting to the Word of God in your daily life, do not expect God to direct you to your goal. On the contrary, if in your daily activities, you show obedience to God, then the path to your life purpose will be easier and shorter.
Are you fulfilled now that you are doing God’s plan for your life?
Yes, I am glad to take my time to assist others in need in a meaningful manner; it is rewarding when I see God at work and it reminds me that it’s not about me but about glorifying God in everything. I am taking care of others and God is taking care of me, so this is a blessing.
Is there more to your calling or this is it?
This is another good question, I think the Lord has even more things in store for me, the ministry has just started and I know there is more. When I was younger, I used to have dreams about this ministry I am fulfilling right now and other dreams are yet to come to pass, this tells me that the Lord has more in store for me.
Any word to SSU?
From my experience I learnt that in order to discover God’s purpose, one needs to first show faithfulness and dedication to the Lord in the small things. Like I said earlier, this simply means showing submission to God in the day-to-day activities. Don’t stress out and panic about being aimless in life, rather follow what Proverbs 3:5-6 says ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’