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Your Sole Purpose Is Your Soul Purpose

May 16, 2010

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who have discovered their purpose, and those who haven’t.

No, wait.

There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who have discovered their purpose, those who want to discover their purpose, and those who don’t care about their purpose.

Or…maybe there are four kinds of people.

  1. Those who have discovered their purpose and are living it out,
  2. those who know what it is but don’t live it out,
  3. those who want to discover their purpose but haven’t yet, and
  4. those who just don’t care.

Okay, 5: those who care, but are afraid of what their purpose might be.

I suppose there could even be 6…if we include those who are wondering, “What’s all this talk about porpoises?”

Screw it. There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world, and those that don’t. But everybody has a purpose, and your soul will never be satisfied until you are living it out, redeeming it, cashing it in.

We were made for soul satisfaction and we simply die without it.

John Ortberg, The Me I Want To Be, p. 41

If you are redeeming your purpose, I’d love to hear your story and share it with the world. Sign up for blog updates and I’ll shoot you my email address so you can tell me more. There are others out there who are dying to discover their purpose, and we need them — the whole world needs them to live it out. Your story could fan the embers into a flame.

If you’re trying to figure out how to redeem your purpose, visit the Home Page and snoop around a bit. If you like what you see, sign up for an email subscription (it’s in the upper right corner). If it turns out not to be your thing, you can always opt out later.

There is absolutely nothing to lose, and soul-satisfaction to gain.

I believe two truths to be self-evident:

1. We have a soul.

2. That soul needs to be expressed.

Hugh MacLeod

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2010 12:51 pm

    finding our purpose seems to be part of our human journey, part of discovering who we are. we discover our purpose by getting out there and doing what our heart wants to do, and after a while, we’re like, this is what i do, maybe who i am. i was a journalist, gave it up, and after a couple years returned to writing. and i was like, wow, i had to give it up to understand, spiritually, how much i need to write and communicate to be satisfied. this means overcoming fear, the thing that screws over most of us, and it’s a constant battle. never to be underestimated, seems to me. great post. nice to meet ya!

  2. May 18, 2010 1:20 pm

    Ed, thanks for the comment. I quit playing guitar, except for noodling once a week or so at home, for several years in my 30s. Guess I thought it wasn’t a legitimate pastime for a “responsible” adult. And for DECADES the only writing I did was in grant proposals, press releases, and newsletter articles for the nonprofits that employed me. Sucked the spirit out of me in many ways. Fear…constant battle…never to be underestimated…I agree 1000%. nice to meet you too!

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